324. Melissa Etheridge

From the Heartland of America, Melissa Etheridge’s initial efforts drew comparisons to other American icons like Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and the equally raspy voiced, Janis Joplin. Although, those albums were successful, it was after she disclosed her sexual orientation that she became an icon herself, as her earnestness in her lyrics took on a new level. Musically, she may not have done enough to get into the Hall, but her gender does work in her favor as Cleveland lacks female talent. As the artists she is often compared to, are already inducted, Etheridge’s place in the Hall is very possible.        The Bullet Points: Eligible In: 2013 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Leavenworth, KS) Nominated In: Never NIHOF’s Favorite Album: Yes I Am (1993) NIHOF’s Favorite Song: Bring Me Some Water (From Melissa Etheridge, 1988){acepolls 633}

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