Melissa Etheridge's new single, "Fearless Love," a bold and soaring declaration for living - and loving - to the fullest, has struck a momentous chord as it soars inside the Top 30 this week on the Hot AC chart, and rises to #10 on the Triple A chart. "Fearless Love" is the title track from "Fearless Love," Melissa's triumphant new album, arriving April 27th on Island Records.
The "Fearless Love" single and album were produced by John Shanks, whose first producer credit was Etheridge's "Breakdown," her four-time Grammy-nominated album of 1999. Since then, Shanks has risen to the top ranks of rock and pop producers with credits including Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette and Bon Jovi, earning him a 2005 Producer of the Year Grammy Award.
"Fearless Love" expands on the multiple strengths that have made Etheridge one of the most beloved figures in rock. It follows "The Awakening," her revealing album of 2007, with a rousing tone at once tough and tender, as only she can be. It is that force of presence which has earned her, among other accolades, the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song ("I Need to Wake Up" from the documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth") and two Grammy Awards.
Melissa Etheridge has been a core Island Records artist since the release of her critically-acclaimed eponymous RIAA double-platinum debut album, which led to an invitation to sing on the Grammy Awards broadcast. For several years, Melissa's popularity built around such memorable songs as "Bring Me Some Water" (from her debut), "No Souvenirs" (from "Brave And Crazy") and "Ain't It Heavy" (from "Never Enough"), for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal.
Melissa 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 second Best Female Rock Grammy. The album went six times platinum and spent more than two and a half years on the album chart. Her highest charting album, "Your Little Secret" (#6 on the Billboard Top 200), included the hit single, "I Want to Come Over." Her astounding success led Etheridge to receive the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards.