Melissa Etheridge talks about her gay marriage and four children, beating breast cancer, winning an Oscar, and her first concert of 2008 here March 7. “There’s going to be some Melissa favorites - Bring Me Some Water

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Etheridge says she admires Hawaii's emphasis on the environment and the human spirit
Etheridge says she admires Hawaii’s emphasis on the environment and the human spirit

Multi-platinum recording artist Melissa Etheridge brings her first show of The Awakening tour to Hawaii, performing on the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall stage March 7.

“There’s going to be some Melissa favorites - Bring Me Some Water, Come To My Window and I’m The Only One,“says Etheridge. “I’m taking sort of a different approach to the whole concert. It’s actually hard to describe.

“There will be hits and also a lot of new stuff. And material from my new album (The Awakening) will be placed in there.”

Etheridge, who won an Academy Award last year in the Best Original Song category for I Need to Wake Up, the theme song to the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, has been to Hawaii “numerous” times and is looking forward to this upcoming visit that she is calling a paid vacation.

“You guys run at my pace,” she says. “What I love about Hawaii is that I really enjoy the emphasis on the environment and on the human spirit. Those are things that people on the Mainland look to replenish in their souls when they go over to Hawaii. That’s a vacation.”

Etheridge will be in the Islands for about week, staying on Maui with wife Tammy Etheridge (formerly Tammy Lynn Michaels) and their four children: 16-month-old twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven (given birth by Tammy via an anonymous sperm donor) and 11-year-old Bailey Jean and 9-year-old Beckett (given birth by ex-companion Julie Cypher through artificial insemination with rocker David Crosby as the sperm donor).

“Hawaii is my idea of a vacation,” says Etheridge, who lists Hanalei Bay on Kauai as one of her favorite places in the state.“I love to just sit and feel the incredible breeze, reading and watching my kids play in the ocean is my idea of a incredibly wonderful time.

“That’s what I love about Hawaii. I sit there and all the kids can be happy. I can sit there all day long and I don’t really have to do anything.”

After her Hawaii concert - her first of 2008 - Etheridge doesn’t start up again until June. Until then, she’ll be back home in Los Angeles spending time with her family and recording a Christmas album, A New Thought For Christmas.

“I usually don’t tour unless the kids are out of school,” she explains.“But this date in Hawaii just happened to work out.”

Etheridge’s newest album, The Awakening, was released in September 2007 and was listed in Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50


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