The Awakening is a 2007 album by rock singer Melissa Etheridge and her ninth studio album. It was released on September 25, 2007. The rock album conveys Etheridge's current autobiographical, religious and political perspectives. Etheridge made the album to convey parts of her story and journey along with her love for God. In the album's booklet, she included a letter to all who buy it starting with "Dear Friend".
The album debuted at number 13 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling nearly 48,000 copies in its first week. This album was #20 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.