GMA: Melissa Etheridge Interview & Performance
Leavenworth, Kansas native Melissa Etheridge first picked up a guitar at the age of eight, and she hasn’t put it down since! The prolific singer-songwriter released her debut, self-titled album nearly twenty-five years ago. Melissa has since won two Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Song for “I Need to Wake Up” from the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth.
Now, Melissa is set to release a new album called Fourth Street Feeling. On Good Morning America September 4, Melissa stopped by to perform the album’s new single, “Falling Up.”
Melissa Etheridge & Elizabeth Vargas: High School Classmates
Melissa’s new album is called Fourth Street Feeling, which a reference to a street in her hometown of Leavenworth, Kansas. As it turns out, Fourth Street is an area that GMA’s own Elizabeth Vargas knows well; Elizabeth is also from Leavenworth, and she and Melissa attended high school together, although Melissa didn’t even know! Elizabeth was a sophomore while Melissa was a senior at Leavenworth High School.
Melissa and Elizabeth explained that Fourth Street was where all the kids would go after school to cruise in their cars. Melissa named the album after Fourth Street because it is all about nostalgia and reminiscing about youth.
GMA: Melissa Etheridge Sang “Falling Up”
Melissa sang “Falling Up” in her signature blues-rock style, along with her live band. Melissa sang and played the banjo; she even had an awesome banjo solo!
It’s clear that in 25 years, Melissa Etheridge hasn’t lost her touch, so be sure to pick up Fourth Street Feeling today.