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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Melissa Etheridge has 15 Grammy award nominations under her belt, won two, and even has an Academy Award.

This big-time performing artist may have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, be she never forgets her roots in Kansas.

Etheridge said the road to rock stardom wasn’t easy, but it always led her back home.

The singer-songwriter and activist held a private concert for middle and high school students on Tuesday at Leavenworth High School, her alma mater.

"Coming back to this high school, which has changed so much, the first thing I did was I got a little nervous that I didn't remember my locker combination," Etheridge joked. "It's just been such an amazing feeling of nostalgia, but also such joy to see life and how well the school is doing."

Etheridge was born and raised in Leavenworth. She was also a founding member of Power and Life, the music dance group at the high school that is still active today.

She performed to entertain her hometown crowd, and hoped to send them home with a message, a message of which she is living proof.

"Everything -- anything -- that you can imagine, that you feel that you want for yourself, is possible."