NASHVILLE – (March 8, 2017) – Emmy Award-winning online music series Skyville Live has announced a very intimate show with GRAMMY Award-winning singer and songwriter Melissa Etheridge, taking place March 20 at the Skyville Live studios in Nashville. Additional performers joining Etheridge on stage will be announced shortly.
“Melissa Etheridge has such tremendous talent with her commanding stage presence, iconic voice and gift for songwriting. We cannot wait for her to join the list of legendary artists to grace the Skyville Live stage,” said Wally Wilson, creator of Skyville Live.
Beginning at 7 PM CT on March 20, the latest edition of Skyville Live will also feature the usual backing band of industry elites the show is known for. Led by guitarist Kenny Greenberg, this all-star group includes Steve Mackey on bass, Chad Cromwell on drums, Mike Rojas on B3, Justin Schipper slide guitar and a six piece horn section conducted by Roy Agee. For full details on how to stream the performance live, fans can visit SkyvilleLive.com.
Unique and unexpected pairings will add to the growing list of once-in- a-lifetime collaborations delivered only by Skyville Live. From Lady Antebellum, Jason Isbell, Jewel, Brandy Clark and Amanda Shires bringing down the house with Kris Kristofferson on his classic “Me and Bobby McGee” to a stellar take on “Midnight Train to Georgia” with Gladys Knight, Martina McBride and Estelle to the impassioned performance of Steve Earle’s “Pilgrim” featuring the acclaimed songwriter alongside Emmylou Harris, Brothers Osborne, Margo Price and Colter Wall, Skyville Live continues to create music moments that are exclusive to its stage.
Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self- titled debut album and has remained one of America’s favorite female singer- songwriters for more than two decades. Etheridge has won two GRAMMY Awards throughout her illustrious career, including one in 1992 for “Ain’t It Heavy” and one in 1994 “Come to My Window,” her searing song of longing. In 2007, Etheridge celebrated a career milestone with a victory in the “Best Song” category at the Academy Awards for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth.” In October 2016, Etheridge released “Memphis Rock & Soul” to stellar reviews, marking her first album since 2014’s critically-lauded “This Is M.E.” Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, the 12- track album features original material as well as interpretations of classic songs from the legendary Stax catalog, celebrating its artists and legacy and spotlighting the vital role Stax Records played in the Civil Rights Movement.