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19 - Oct
(Nearby Event: Other)
Where:Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20009
with A Soul-ute to Stax Records
A billion stars out in an endless sky, and I wont be alone, wont be alone, wont be alone tonight.That resolute yearning, that longing for connection, for contact, for touch These are the core forces powering Melissa Etheridges cherished songs throughout her singular career. But as the rousing chorus of I Wont Be Alone Tonight, the opening song of her album This is M.E., it holds some new meaning, new context.With this album, her 12th collection of new material, she is not alone as a songwriter. For the vibrant collection she teamed 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, KNaan, Selena Gomez), Jerry Wonda (Grammy Award-winning producer of the Fugees, Mary J. Blige, Akon) and Roccstar (Usher, Chris Brown) at the forefront. It was a very new way of doing things for the artist, who 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 among her many accolades.Recording the new album proved an inspiring, electrifying experience for her, the best kind of challenge. And the resultant energy is clear in the songs.I havent been this excited about making music and creating in ages, Etheridge says. Song after song was a great experience.Make no mistake, the albums declarative title is fully fitting not despite the collaborations, but because of them. The powerful lyrics and incomparable voice, the indelible melodies, the blazing guitars could be from no one else. And same for the soulful joy and unbridled passion powering every note, from the big sing-along pop hooks of A Little Hard Hearted and Do It Again to the greasy, swampy sounds of Aint That Bad and Stranger Road.These are songs right from her heart, the frisky flirtation of Take My Number and mystery-trip Stranger Road among tho
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