Melissa Etheridge is known for her mixture of "confessional" lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, smoky vocals. She is also thought of as a fantastic guitar player. Her guitar and strings are not spared by her heavy-handed strong percussive playing style. She truly can rip a guitar apart! However, Melissa is far more then these things. She's a voice for her generation. Her songs are a beacon to follow. Her fight with cancer, passionate performances and hard fought journey to the top have inspired musicians and music fans around the world.