Yes I Am (Melissa Etheridge album)

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Yes I Am
Melissa Etheridge - Yes I Am.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1993 (1993-09-21)[1]
RecordedA&M Studios in Los Angeles, California[2]
GenreRock, Blues Rock
ProducerMelissa Etheridge, Hugh Padgham[2]
Melissa Etheridge chronology
Never Enough
Yes I Am
Your Little Secret
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Robert ChristgauC+[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[5]

Yes I Am is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, released by Island Records on September 21, 1993.[1] The title is generally thought to refer to Etheridge's recent coming out as a lesbian, confirming long-standing rumors about her personal life.[6] However in 2018 Etheridge clarified that in fact the title for the track and album were not statements regarding her sexual identity.[7] Yes I Am is the pivotal album that gave Etheridge national and international recognition.[8] [9] The rock ballad "Come to My Window" was the first single released from the album, which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and its video featured actress Juliette Lewis having a nervous breakdown. This single brought the was quickly followed by "I'm the Only One", which became a major hit and reached No. 8 on the Hot 100, and "If I Wanted To", which hit No. 16.

As of 2010, the album has sold over 4,348,000 copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10] In 2018 Etheridge went on tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Yes I Am’s release and also re-released the album with an additional eight bonus tracks.[11]

Recording and production[edit]

The songs on Yes I Am were recorded at A&M Studios in Los Angeles, California. The album was produced by Etheridge and Hugh Padgham, who also engineered the album.[2] Hugh Padgham had previously worked mainly with British artists and bands including Genesis, David Bowie, and Sting; among others. Padgham would also produce Etheridge's next album, Your Little Secret.

The main musicians backing Melissa were Kevin McCormick—who had co-produced Etheridge's previous albums—, Mauricio Fritz Lewak, and Waddy Wachtel, and Scott Thurston. Pino Palladino replaced McCormick on several tracks and David Sutton replaced him on one song. Ian McLagen and James Fearnley also made appearances.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Melissa Etheridge.

  1. "I'm the Only One" – 4:54
  2. "If I Wanted To" – 3:55
  3. "Come to My Window" – 3:55
  4. "Silent Legacy" – 5:22
  5. "I Will Never Be the Same" – 4:41
  6. "All American Girl" – 4:05
  7. "Yes I Am" – 4:24
  8. "Resist" – 2:57
  9. "Ruins" – 4:53
  10. "Talking to My Angel" – 4:48


The following people contributed to Yes I Am:[2]



Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1995 "Come to My Window" Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Won
Best Rock Song Nominated
I'm the Only One Nominated


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ a b c d e Yes I Am (CD liner). Melissa Etheridge. New York City, New York, United States: Island Records. 1993. p. 13. 422–848 660-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Sandow, Greg (September 24, 1993). "Yes I Am Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 23, 1993). "Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 283. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone melissa etheridge album guide.
  6. ^ Grady, Marie P. (July 11, 2008). "She calls it as she sees it". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
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  8. ^ "Melissa Etheridge's pivotal 'Yes I Am' album turns 25". October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  9. ^ "Melissa Etheridge Demystifies Rumors That She Used 1993 Album Title 'Yes I Am' To Come Out". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  10. ^ Trust, Gary (August 5, 2010). "Ask Billboard: Records About Records". Billboard. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  11. ^ "Melissa Etheridge Demystifies Rumors That She Used 1993 Album Title 'Yes I Am' To Come Out". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
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  13. ^ " – Melissa Etheridge – Yes I Am" (in German). Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "100 Albums (CD's & Cassettes" (PHP). RPM. 58 (15). October 23, 1993. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  15. ^ " – Melissa Etheridge – Yes I Am" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  16. ^ " – Melissa Etheridge – Yes I Am" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
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  19. ^ "Melissa Etheridge Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  20. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). "1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade – The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s". Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Melissa Etheridge – Yes I Am". Music Canada. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Melissa Etheridge – Yes I Am". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 17, 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.