Rock icon to be joined by Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Serena Ryder
Joan Osborne and many more on 7-day voyage
Cruise to sail from Tampa, Florida and visit Harvest Caye, Belize, Costa Maya, Mexico and Grand Cayman, March 31 – April 7, 2019
Staterooms are available now at www.themelissaetheridgecruise.com
Melissa Etheridge and Sixthman, the industry leader in music festivals at sea, are excited to announce the initial talent lineup for the 3rd Annual Melissa Etheridge Cruise. Joining Etheridge on the cruise will be a diverse and hand-picked lineup of musicians, including Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Serena Ryder, Joan Osborne, Delta Rae, Lillie Mae, Sonia Leigh, Antigone Rising, Sarah Potenza and more to be announced. The seven-day vacation experience will take a community of 2,200 passionate music fans from Tampa, Florida, to Harvest Caye, Belize, Costa Maya, Mexico, and Grand Cayman from March 31 – April 7, 2019.
“It’s about the music, and it’s about being together on a boat – it’s one of the most loving experiences I’ve ever had,” says Etheridge. “All the fans gather together for one thing: for music. The diversity is amazing!”
On board, guests will be treated to two unique Melissa Etheridge shows on the Pool Deck stage, a Q&A with Melissa, a photo with Melissa, multiple performances from all artists on the lineup, plus activities and photo sessions to round out the cruise experience. In addition, guests who book a cabin by October 1st will have coffee with Melissa’s wife, Linda & other early bookers on board.
Double occupancy staterooms on The Melissa Etheridge Cruise begin at $1,339 per person, plus taxes and fees, and are available now at themelissaetheridgecruise.com. Low deposits and flexible payment plans are available on this once in a lifetime vacation experience.
A destination of her own, Norwegian Pearl offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, a casino, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments.
ABOUT MELISSA ETHERIDGE: Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy® in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.
Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. In February 2007, Melissa 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. As a performer and songwriter, Etheridge has shown herself to be an artist who has never allowed “inconvenient truths” to keep her down. Earlier in her recording career, Etheridge acknowledged her sexual orientation when it was considered less than prudent to do so. In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, a health battle that, with her typical tenacity, she won. Despite losing her hair from chemotherapy, Etheridge appeared on the 2005 Grammy® telecast to sing “Piece of My Heart” in tribute to Janis Joplin. By doing so she gave hope to many women afflicted with the disease.
On October 7, 2016, Melissa Etheridge released Memphis Rock & Soul, her first album since 2014’s critically lauded This Is M.E. Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, the album has received stellar reviews from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Parade, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and more. Guitar World raved “the album is a triumphant application of Etheridge’s signature rasp and substantial guitar chops to this classic genre,” while Edge Media Network declared Melissa “is a singer who can fire it up like Janis Joplin, touch the heart like Elvis Presley and steam up the windows like her musical hero, Otis Redding.” 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. Engineered by Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, son of famed music producer Willie Mitchell, the album and tour includes a number of top Memphis musicians, including the Hodges Brothers.
ABOUT SIXTHMAN: Since 2001, Sixthman has pioneered themed cruise experiences, creating intimate shared encounters for bands, brands, and their fans. We are proud to be celebrating our 18th year and the accomplishment of executing 117 festivals, hosting over 250,000 guests for 1,000,000 days on vacation at sea, including our first European festivals at sea coming in 2019. Our world-class hosts and artists include KISS, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, Train, Pitbull, Paramore, Florida Georgia Line, Diplo, Joe Bonamassa, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 311, Lyle Lovett, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel and for brand partners such as Turner Classic Movies, VH1, Steven Van Zandt’s Renegade Circus, Walker Stalker Con, truTV and others along with Sixthman curated festivals, The Rock Boat and Cayamo! Our festivals at sea bring non-stop performances, artist collaborations and a truly immersive music vacation experience with fan/band interactions throughout the voyage and in port. Our home ports of call include New Orleans, Louisiana, and Miami and Tampa, Florida with dream destinations to the Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, and the Bahamas. For more information, visit Sixthman.net and connect with us @SXMLiveLoud. LIVE LOUD.