Melissa Etheridge’s new single, “Fearless Love,” a bold and soaring declaration for living – and loving – to the fullest, has struck a momentous chord as it soars inside the Top 30 this week on the Hot AC chart, and rises to #10 on the Triple A chart. “Fearless Love” is the title track from Fearless Love, Melissa’s triumphant new album, arriving April 27th on Island Records.
The “Fearless Love” single and album were produced by John Shanks, whose first producer credit was Etheridge’s Breakdown, her four-time Grammy-nominated album of 1999. Since then, Shanks has risen to the top ranks of rock and pop producers with credits including Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette and Bon Jovi, earning him a 2005 Producer of the Year Grammy Award.
Fearless Love expands on the multiple strengths that have made Etheridge one of the most beloved figures in rock. It follows The Awakening, her revealing album of 2007, with a rousing tone at once tough and tender, as only she can be. It is that force of presence which has earned her, among other accolades, the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song (“I Need to Wake Up” from the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth) and two Grammy Awards.
I need a fearless love, I won’t settle for anything less, she sings in the bracing chorus, setting the tone for the album.
“Love has to be fearless,” Etheridge explains. “We need to have fearless love. That’s where I am right now.”
In other wonderful news regarding Ms. Etheridge…
Melissa will be a featured speaker on Saturday, March 20 on the free teleseries Women on the Edge of Evolution: Awakening to the Power to Co-create our Lives and Shape our Collective Future. She will join over 20 of the world’s leading female luminaries, artists and agents of change.
“Something amazing is happening for us as women. As one of the first generations liberated from the tasks of mere survival, we now have the freedom, the credentials, the resources and the interest to turn our attention toward the full transformation of ourselves and our world.”