Etheridge then went on the road, like one of her musical influences, Bruce Springsteen, and built a loyal fan base.
Etheridge has covered his songs "Thunder Road" and "Born to Run" during live shows.
In 1992, Etheridge released her third album, Never Enough.
Similar to her prior two albums, Never Enough didn't reach the top of the charts peaking at #21 but gave Etheridge her first Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for her single "Ain't It Heavy".
She received a publishing deal to write songs for movies including the 1986 movie Weeds.
In 1985, prior to her signing, Etheridge sent her demo to Olivia Records, a lesbian record label, but was ultimately rejected.
Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, the younger of two girls of Elizabeth (Williamson), a computer consultant, and John Etheridge, an American Constitution teacher at Leavenworth High School.
Her father was a high school psychology teacher, counselor and athletic director at her alma mater, Leavenworth High School. Her mother was a homemaker and a computer analyst and is now retired.
I have no anger toward anyone else." Etheridge followed up her first album's success by contributing background vocals to Don Henley's album The End of the Innocence.
She went into the studio and recorded her second album Brave and Crazy which was released in 1989.
Etheridge was a member of the first "Power and Life" musical/dance group at LHS. Etheridge's interest in music began early; she picked up her first guitar at 8.