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Melissa Etheridge Celebrates Her "Awakening"

Of the Oakland Press

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Melissa Etheridge released her latest album, “The Awakening,” in September. But with a family of four — two children each with partners Julie Cypher and Tammy Lynn Michaels — touring to support the album was put on hold until this summer.

“Believe me, I want to be out there (on tour),” says Etheridge, 47, who crafted “The Awakening,” which debuted at No. 13 on the to tour, however. She also recorded a holiday album, “A New Thought For Christmas,” that will come out this fall and is, she notes, “not your regular Christmas album.”

“Part of this spiritual, ‘Awakening’ journey I’m on has been to realize how sort of brainwashed we’ve been about religion and Santa Claus and Christmas,” Etheridge says. “I wanted to sort of take that season back and give the millions of people who sort of walked away from religion because it’s just not fulfilling or satisfying ... it’s a Christmas album for them.”

Etheridge says the album is half originals and half holiday standards, although on some of them, she “took pieces of traditional Christmas carols and gave them new spiritual meaning,” with revised lyrics. She adds that it’s also “one of the most rockin’ albums I’ve made. It cracks me up.”

Melissa Etheridge performs at 8 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 3) at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit. Tickets are $35-$100. Call (313) 237-7464 or visit www.motopera.org.

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