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Melissa Etheridge: Rock Star, Survivor And Mom

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Melissa Etheridge: Rock Star, Survivor And Mom

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Melissa Etheridge: Rock Star, Survivor And Mom

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Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer Melissa Etheridge just released her 10th studio album, Fearless Love. courtesy of Island Records hide caption

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Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer Melissa Etheridge just released her 10th studio album, Fearless Love.

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With two Grammys, an Oscar and five platinum-selling albums, Melissa Etheridge is an American rock icon. The singer, songwriter and activist just released her 10th studio album, Fearless Love.

"Ever since breast cancer six years ago, I have been on a spiritual journey to figure out this reality of what we're doing here," Etheridge tells Tell Me More host Michel Martin. "My journey has led me to see that every decision that we make is out of love or fear."

At 49, Etheridge looks to her inspirations — Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger — and says that if they're still filling arenas, then there's no reason she can't, either. The singer says she envisioned herself as a rock star, and that that's the only dream she's ever had.

In 2005, the singer announced that she had breast cancer. She says she wanted to let people know who she was and what she was going through.

"The biggest mountain is to be truthful to myself, whether it's in music or in life," she says. "I want to stay truthful to myself."

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