Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge at Rivers Casino in Schenectady on Friday

Melissa Etheridge, seen at a benefit concert in New York City in March, will play Friday at Rivers Casino & Resort.
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Melissa Etheridge, seen at a benefit concert in New York City in March, will play Friday at Rivers Casino & Resort.

SCHENECTADY Grammy Award-winning artist and activist Melissa Etheridge is heading to Schenectady on Friday for a sold-out show at Rivers Casino & Resort.

Fans can expect to hear a collection of her chart-toppers such as “I’m the Only One” and “Come To My Window,” as well as hits from her latest album “One Way Out,” which was released last year and resurrects unreleased songs from early in her career.

The nine-track album features a collection of songs written by Etheridge in the late ’80s and early ’90s that never made the cut — until now.

Etheridge stumbled upon the decades-old songs/demos years ago while gathering materials for a retrospective box set of recordings.

As she went through the songs, they brought her back to the start of her career and how they just weren’t right for that particular time or album. Some of the tracks were written before she came out and Etheridge hadn’t felt comfortable releasing them, but she knows now is the perfect time.

She recorded the songs in 2013 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with her original band (Fritz Lewak, John Shanks, Kevin McCormick), but the album was shelved after Etheridge parted ways with her record label.

Finally, in 2020, she unearthed them when she was looking for material to share with fans on Etheridge TV’s Friday Night Time Machine show, and the album was released the following year.

The singer-songwriter first came on the American rock scene in 1988 with her self-titled debut album and has released several albums since.

Etheridge also won an Academy Award for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

She is currently on the road and will be touring into the fall in support of “One Way Out.”

Friday’s show at Rivers is slated to start at 8 p.m.

For information, visit RiversCasino.com/Schenectady.

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