Speakers

Melissa Etheridge

Singer and Activist

Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons. Her critically acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double platinum. Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy” for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought her a second Grammy. The six times platinum album spent more than two and a half years on the album chart. Etheridge is also an Oscar winner for Best Original Song in 2007. In 2011 Melissa made her Broadway debut as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot, where she replaced Billie Joe Armstrong for one week and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She recently completed recording at Royal Studios in Memphis on what will be her first album since 2014’s critically lauded This Is M.E.


Etheridge has entered the cannabis industry as an entrepreneur, offering a line of cannabis-infused wine through her company, Etheridge Farms. She’s featured in the documentary “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed,” a film focusing on female entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry set to be released later this winter. Etheridge is also an outspoken proponent of legalization, having recently visited Missouri to endorse a medical cannabis proposal and share her experience using cannabis to treat the side effects of chemotherapy.

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