Michael Bolton Biography
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One of the music industry's most successful singer/songwriters, Michael Bolton has also gained recognition as an author and human rights activist. Most recently, he authored his first children's book (The Secret Of The Lost Kingdom, published by Hyperion/Disney Press in the fall of 1997) and recorded "Go The Distance" -- the theme song for the Disney animated film, Hercules. Michael brings the same passion, devotion, and commitment to his other major projects that have made him -- with sales of more than 40 million albums -- one of the world's most popular singers.
His new album of pop songs, All That Matters, appeared in the fall of 1997, and an album of opera arias, My Secret Passion, was released in 1998 (SK 63077).
In 1993, Michael established the Michael Bolton Foundation, which provides assistance, through local and national charities and "safe house" shelters, to children and women at risk from poverty, as well as from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. He's the honorary chairman of the National Committee To Prevent Child Abuse and National Chairman for This Close For Cancer Research. In 1994, he received the prestigious Lewis Hine Award from the National Child Labor Committee. In 1995, he was named a Hendon Fellow at Yale University. In January 1996, Michael became the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr./C.O.R.E. Award. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for One-To-One, a youth mentoring program and the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
Michael's predilection for good works dovetailed with his developing love of opera recently when he joined Luciano Pavarotti on stage in Modena, Italy, at the "Luciano & Friends Together For The Children of Bosnia" benefit concert. "The experience was indescribable," he remembers.
"There's something incredibly fulfilling in singing beautiful classical music."
Michael Bolton, arguably America's premier pop singer and songwriter, grew up idolizing such pioneers of R&B as Ray Charles and Otis Redding.
Blessed with an incomparable voice and a keen songwriting ability, he began hitting radio playlists in 1983 with "Fool's Game," from his self-titled Columbia Records album debut. After the release of The Hunger (1987), fans and critics began to take notice of this fast-emerging talent, but it was 1989's multi-platinum Soul Provider, with hit singles like the Grammy-winning "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" (which has been played more than four million times on the radio) and the title track, that catapulted Michael to the upper echelon of pop music luminaries.
With the release of #1 Time, Love & Tenderness in 1991, Michael Bolton became an international superstar. The album sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and earned him a second Best Pop Vocal, Male, Grammy for the #1 Pop/AC smash "When A Man Loves A Woman." He also earned two American Music Awards, including Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Male Album, and was named Best Pop Male Vocalist at the New York Music Awards.
Michael followed Time, Love & Tenderness with the #1 Timeless (The Classics), a collection of the singer's best-loved R&B and pop standards.
Then, in 1993, came the multi-platinum The One Thing, which included the multi-platinum single, "Said I Loved You... But I Lied."
Having begun his career as a songwriter, it's no surprise that Bolton's songs have been recorded by an astonishing array of artists. Michael has written songs for Barbra Streisand ("We're Not Making Love Anymore"); KISS ("Forever"); Joe Cocker ("Living Without Your Love"); Kenny Rogers ("Just The Thought Of Losing You"); Cher ("I Found Someone"); and Kenny G and Peabo Bryson (the 1993 BMI Pop Award-winning "By The Time This Night Is Over"). Other noted artists, such as Patti LaBelle, the Pointer Sisters, Gregg Allman, Lee Greenwood and Conway Twitty have also covered Bolton songs. Michael is among the scant handful of songwriters to have collaborated with Bob Dylan; their song "Steel Bars" is a highlight of both Time, Love & Tenderness and Bolton's Greatest Hits album.
The music industry honored Bolton's songwriting with the 1995 Hitmaker's Award, from the National Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and the prestigious "Million Performance Song Award" five times. (A "million performance" song is one which has received at least 50,000 hours -- more than 5.7 years! -- of airplay.)
"Between writing, performing, recording, and everything else, far and away, performing before my audience is the best," Michael says. From 1991 through 1995, Michael embarked on a series of international marathon concert tours including the 1991-1992 Time, Love & Tenderness Tour and the 1994-1995 The One Thing Tour. He has appeared at hundreds of concerts and performed for millions of fans; Michael's many memorable concert experiences included several visits to the White House at the invitation of President Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Despite his full plate of activities, Michael wouldn't have it any other way: "I'm working on enjoying each moment a bit more. It feels like it's always time to move onward and upward; at the same time, that means moving deeper into the gift of music. That will always take me where I want to go."
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REQUEST FOR GOSPEL TRACKS | Reviewer: DEGRACIOUS CHAMUNORWA | 12/19/12
I THINK PEOPLE NOW NEED A GOSPEL ALBUM FROM THE AWESOME VOICE OF MICHAEL BOLTON.I REALLY WILL BE HAPPY. ESPECIALLY SINGING AGAINST HOMOSEXUALS AND LESIBIANS BECAUSE GOD DID NOT CREATE IT LIKE THAT. GOD CREATED A MAN FO A WOMAN, NOT MAN FOR MAN OR WOMEN FOR WOMEN.
I AM REALLY EXPECTING SOME GOSPEL TRACKS IN AN ALBUM OF GOSPEL TRACKS ONLY.....
BY DEGRACIOUS, ZIMBABWE,HARARE
Michael's greatness | Reviewer: Robert Khisa....Kenya. | 4/30/12
Michael is undoubtedly the best singer in the world!Play his music at ua maximum volume n u wont fil them being noisy.....Moreso his voice is killing!Ua music rocks here in kenya.
The best of the best!! | Reviewer: Joy Delport | 10/12/11
I ahd the pleasure of seeing Michael Bolton live in South Africa on 9 August 2011! WOW!!! Have always been a fan - this concert surpassed anything I could have thought or expected. Best live show I have ever seen. Confirmed for me why I am such a fan!!! His talent is beyond awesome!
king of the BALLAD song..:) | Reviewer: GLENN | 10/1/11
..i really always play his hits songs,,he so amazing when i saw him start singing he fallin me a lot.. his the one eventhough you are far from us ,yours songs still exist even in a longtime..:)YOUR A legend..
said I love but I lyed | Reviewer: Maiko Raul Mek | 9/9/11
I love M. Bolton's song and I regard Bolton as the best singer all times. his songs ring my bell so I confess,spent most of my free time with Bolton's Swings. Bolton's song are those kind hits that never get out of fashion. besides all these, bolton's lyrics rich of massage.
Maiko. Nampula-Mozambique/ student at Pedag. University.
Happy Birth day | Reviewer: Renison Ellis | 2/26/11
Well Big Bro you Doing nice work for "safe house" shelters, to children and women at risk from poverty, as well as from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. i Really Appreciate you Bottom of my Heart... please keep it up Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen....
Your Brother in Christ
The Best Voice/singer in the world... | Reviewer: Darlene | 10/15/10
I was at his concert last night in MS. I have to say was the best I have been to so far. He really tries to make us feel special as fans he really seems to care. He sang my favorite songs. I said I loved you... but I lied, Time, Love, and Tenderness. I love anything he sings. He truely has a gift. I was so happy last night. Thank You Michael, Darlene
The world' best singer! | Reviewer: Oswaldo Gil | 9/17/10
I just saw his performance at Cerritos performing Center, California two days ago. It was the 2nd time I'd enjoyed seeing him singing in person and definity his is THE ONE; I'm his fan for twenty years since I came to USA and I still loving his songs. God bless you Michael
also for the good things you do for many people
how suffer from differente unlucky conditions.
Michael is talented singer | Reviewer: Liliawati | 9/3/10
He is very talented person,who bornt many greatest album more than other writer song.
I always touched when hearing his song,full of emotion.When hearing his song,we carried to that lyrics.
Great Michael Bolton.
he is music | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/4/10
i had the honor to see his live performance in shanghai last night. every song he performed is classic and i felt so emotional and i sang all along with him. by the way, i love the artists performed with him.
he is one of my favorites. i admire him for his love for music and first of all his incomparable voice.
Every song he ever sang! | Reviewer: Karen | 3/18/10
I had the pleasure of seeing One of his concerts many years ago, at Jones Beach Amphitheater. I could have just melted. I love every song he sings. Some of them get me so emotional that I cry!
At that time Celine Dion was touring with him. Talk about a bonus! I don't think I can ever have enough of his beautiful voice. (He's not bad looking either.)
devoted fan | Reviewer: patricia | 3/12/10
I have a few of Michaels dvds and I think that he is one of the all time greatist singers that I have ever heard.I have his dvd of him singing some of the greatist opera arias of all time.I am looking forward to reading his childrens story to my grandsons,when I can find it.
Amazing...Wonderful...Awesome... | Reviewer: Marwen Heni | 12/9/08
I consider Michael as the greatest singer in the world. His songs are really awesome especially "love songs". This album is the best gift for your girlfriend. By the way, i did it and it worked. Thanks to Michael however. I really like his song "how am i supposed to live without you". It touchs the deepest part of my soul.
WOW--incredible... | Reviewer: Elizabeth | 11/18/07
We just returned from seeing Milchael Bolton in concert for the second time. He is just so incredible....I'd travel again just to enjoy his tremendous voice for a couple hours. He is blessed with such a talent--and especially enjoy his song I Promise You that is on one of our cd's of his.
The most incredibel voice ever heard | Reviewer: Giovanni Montanaro | 10/27/07
Well, I do think a voice like his happens once in a million of years... We all would feel so lucky to have the chance to hear him singing...I always feel this way when I listen to his wonderful voice...Michael, you've got definitely the most uncomparable voice in whole history and all over the world, please keep singing and please keep fulfilling our hearts with so warm love and passion! You're the eight wonder of the world! Giovanni - Italy - Naples
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