***Brand New Studio Album ‘This Is M.E.’ Released February 9th on SPV Records***

Melissa Etheridge is without a doubt among the most charismatic and successful
American musicians of all time. Her career already counts two Grammy Awards and 17 nominations, an Academy Award (for ‘I Need to Wake Up’ from the Al Gore documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’) and a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

9th February 2015 will see the arrival of her latest studio recording ‘This Is M.E.’ on SPV Recordings. ‘This Is M.E.’, her 12th collection of new material, will be released as a Digipak Cd containing two bonus tracks, a standard jewel case CD, and as a gatefold vinyl LP, with one bonus track.

For this vibrant collection, she teamed up with some of the most creative, inventive figures on the music scene: Jerrod Bettis (Adele, One Republic, Eric Hutchinson, Gavin DeGraw), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’Naan, Selena Gomez), Jerry Wonda (Grammy Award-winning producer of the Fugees, Mary J. Blige, Akon) and RoccStar (Usher, Chris Brown). “I haven’t been this excited about making music and creating in ages,” Etheridge says. “Song after song was a great experience.”

On ‘This Is M.E.’, Etheridge inspires her audience again with indelible melodies,
powerful lyrics and her incomparable voice. In addition, her song ‘Who Are You
Waiting For’
has turned into one of the most personal and emotional recordings of her career to date, written for and debuted at her wedding earlier this year to Linda Wallem. “I sat down at the piano, started writing about how we were friends for years and years, and as we got closer it was ‘Who are you waiting for? I’m right here!’” She sent a demo version to Levine. “He went crazy over it, said, ‘You gotta warn me before playing something like that!’”

Along with her collaboration with Jerrod Bettis, Jerry Wonda, Jon Levine and the
young hip-hop artist RoccStar, ‘This Is M.E.’ also includes her cooperation with cellist Neyla Pekarek of the folk band The Lumineers, whom Etheridge first heard of through her daughter and who now features on a number of the album’s songs.

Check out the video for the first single from the album, "Take My Number" at:-

Contact for more info / interview requests / jpegs etc - 'Me' - Roland Hyams on 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392.

22nd January 2015

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