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August 3, 2012
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Melissa Etheridge to Perform at NAB Marconi Awards Dinner and Show

Oscar and Two-time Grammy Award-winning Artist to Perform Classic Hits and Songs From Newest Album

The National Association of Broadcasters announced today Island Records’ multi-platinum artist Melissa Etheridge will perform at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show on Thursday, September 20 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The highlight event, sponsored by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is part of the 2012 Radio Show, produced by the NAB and the Radio Advertising Bureau.

"Melissa Etheridge is an extraordinary artist who’s sure to deliver an unforgettable performance at this year’s Marconis," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "We look forward to hearing her perform classic hits as well as songs from her highly anticipated new album."

The Oscar and two-time Grammy-winning artist’s newest album, “4th Street Feeling,” is named after a street in Etheridge’s hometown of Leavenworth, KS, and is set for release on September 4th on Island Records. Etheridge wrote twelve new songs for the album, which features Blair Sinta on drums, Brett Simons on bass, and Zac Rae on keyboards. She takes the lead on vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica and banjitar. The first single from the album is called “Falling Up.”

Etheridge’s career spans decades starting with her self-titled first album (1988). The critically-acclaimed debut led to an invitation to sing on the 1989 Grammy Awards broadcast. For several years, Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water” (from her debut), “No Souvenirs” (from Brave And Crazy) and “Ain't It Heavy” (from Never Enough), for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal.

Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing for which she received her second Best Female Rock Grammy. The album went six times platinum and spent more than two and a half years on the album chart.

Her highest charting album, Your Little Secret (#6 on the Billboard Top 200), included the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success led Etheridge to receive a Juno award for International Entertainer of the Year in 1990, the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996 and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007.

In 2011, Etheridge made her Broadway debut as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot, and received her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2012, Etheridge embarked on a worldwide tour, performing for sold-out crowds throughout Europe, Australia, and North America. When not on tour, she records her syndicated “Melissa Etheridge Radio Show” for daily broadcast on stations throughout the US and Canada.

About the Radio Show
The 2012 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 19-21 in Dallas. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies to help radio flourish in the digital age. To learn more about the 2012 Radio Show, visit www.radioshowweb.com.

News media registration is now available for the Radio Show.

About RAB
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium. Learn more at www.rab.com.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.