Monday, July 22, 2024

Melissa Etheridge reminisces with Ellen ahead of album release

One Way Out, the new album from the iconic Grammy and Academy award winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge is available now on all digital platforms and will be in stores on October 1.

The nine track album features a collection of songs written by Etheridge in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s that never made the cut….until now! The time is finally right and fans will finally get a deeper glimpse to who Melissa was then. Recently, Melissa appeared on Ellen to reminisce about those days and how Melissa was “the brave one” who came out first.

Etheridge stumbled upon these decades old songs/demos years ago while gathering materials for a retrospective box set. As she went through the songs, it brought her back to the start of her career and how they just weren’t right for that particular time or album. Some of the tracks were written before she had even come out and never felt comfortable releasing them, but knew they would be perfect for the box set.

In 2013, the singer found herself back at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with her original band (Fritz Lewak, John Shanks, Kevin McCormick) and would give these songs a new life. Shortly after she finished the records, she would part ways with her label and the box set was shelved. Melissa would begin working on new material and once again, those songs were set aside. That is, until 2020 when she was sorting through old files to share with fans on Etheridge TV’s Friday Night Time Machine show. The time was finally right. Fans will finally get a deeper glimpse to who Melissa was then, with the release of One Way Out. Check out the tracklisting below which includes two songs recorded live at the Roxy in Los Angeles in 2002!

Etheridge is currently on the road in support of the album and will be touring through the fall in support of One Way Out. Dates include new cities and rescheduled shows from 2020. All tour dates and additional info can be found at

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