A video of female inmates singing one of her songs led to Melissa Etheridge performing with the group at an Ohio prison.
The singer performed solo Wednesday for about 2,300 inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, the Columbus Dispatch reported. They sat on a recreation field at the Marysville prison as Etheridge sang a few songs and offered encouragement from a small stage. She said she'd been moved by a video of inmates in an addiction-recovery group singing "A Little Bit of Me." She closed with the song and invited members of the group to come up and sing with her.
Etheridge later visited their dormitory, where she left her autographed handprints in paint on the wall and encouraged inmates to contact her when they're released. She told the inmates that she thinks she might have to write her next song about them.
"It was amazing; she really touched my heart and she really gave me a lot of hope," said Georgia Peterman of Portsmouth, who has six months remaining on a three-year sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine. "I'm really glad I got to be a part of this."
Daniel Craig is over James Bond
Actor Daniel Craig has said he wants to move on from the James Bond franchise. Asked whether he could imagine doing another Bond film, Craig told Time Out magazine, "Now? I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. … I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on." The 47-year-old is reprising his role as the British spy for the fourth time in the upcoming "Spectre." He added that he doesn't know and does not want to think about his next step, and that if he were to do another 007 movie, it would "only be for the money."
autobiography: Country singer Scotty McCreery, who won "American Idol" with his impressive baritone voice, is writing his first book. The singer, who will be 22 on Friday, says his autobiography, "Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream," will be released May 3, 2016, through Zondervan. The book will chronicle his life as a kid in North Carolina who imitated Elvis Presley to winning season 10 of "American Idol" at age 17.
Verdict tossed: Lady Gaga's first producer and former boyfriend has been given a new trial after a judge overturned an order that he pay $7.3 million to the Hollywood songwriter Wendy Starland, who discovered the singer. U.S. District Court Judge Jose Linares found that he mistakenly allowed the jury to hear details about an allegation connected to Lady Gaga and Rob Fusari's personal relationship and his fiduciary duty to her.