Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, is currently on a 115 city world tour spanning several continents, all while working on a myriad of genre- and style-spanning projects including work in film, television and musicals. Bolton remains committed to humanitarian causes -- advocating for at-risk women and children for over 20 years through the Michael Bolton Charities as well as other social and political organizations. Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics, his timeless style, charm and good looks have also earned him a spot in several “People Magazine’s Sexiest Man” issues, including this year’s “Sexiest Man in his 50’s!” Bolton credits his fans with being “the best in the world” and loves nothing more than bringing his timeless hits and classic brand to thrilled fans globally.
In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael has received 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance, 6 American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, andthe Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Internationally renowned, Michael has recorded and performed with musical icons that have inspired and influenced his own career. He joined Luciano Pavarotti on stage in a highly praised rendition of “Vesti La Giubba,” and pays homage to the Italian tenor when performing the aria “Nessun Dorma” at each of his concerts while on tour. He has sung with Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Renee Fleming and played guitar with BB King. Bolton earned a Grammy-nomination for “Georgia on my Mind,” and was chosen to sing the song to Ray Charles when Charles was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame. Recently, Michael performed duets with both Seal and Lara Fabian to standing ovations for a PBS special airing in March of 2011.
A diverse and prolific songwriter, Michael’s songs have been recorded and performed by over 100 artists, ranging from country western legend Conway Twitty to hip hop superstar Kanye West, who along with Jay-Z and John Legend have sampled his music! Other greats who have performed Bolton’s tunes include Mark Anthony, Wynonna Judd, Joe Cocker, Peabo Bryson, Kenny Rogers, and Patti Labelle. Michael has penned #1 hit singles impacting the careers of artists such as Laura Branigan (“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”), KISS (“Forever”), Barbra Streisand (“We’re Not Making Love Anymore”), Cher (“I Found Someone”), and Kenny G (“By the Time this Night is Over’). Bolton has collaborated with some of the greatest songwriters of our time, Diane Warren, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, John “Mutt” Lange, Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo, among others. He is one of the very few artists who have co-written with the legendary Bob Dylan, resulting in the mega hit, “Steel Bars”.
Michael has always balanced a love for writing new songs with a passion for covering the classics. On his breakthrough album “The Hunger,” Bolton authored the #1 single “That’s What Love is All About” and sang his chart topping version of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”, which was a hit on 4 radio formats. That album was certified double Platinum and shipped 4 million copies worldwide.
To date, Michael has seen 8 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with 9 #1 singles. Bolton’s true signature success was seized with the 6x platinum album “Soul Provider”, selling more than 12 million copies world-wide, and showcasing several chart-toppers including the #1 hit single “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” which earned Michael his first Grammy. This pivotal album also includes the hit singles “When I’m Back on My Feet” Again,” “How Can We Be Lovers,” and “Soul Provider.”
Soon after, Bolton released the #1 album “Time, Love & Tenderness”, which has sold over 16 million copies world-wide, and features his Grammy Award-winning vocal performance of the #1 blockbuster hit “When A Man Loves a Woman.” This album also produced the hit singles: “Love Is a Wonderful Thing,” “Time, Love and Tenderness” and “Missing You Now,” as well as “Steel Bars.”
Bolton followed this up with a collection of soulful classics on "Timeless," delivering the hit singles “To Love Some Somebody” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” “Timeless” sold over 7 million copies worldwide!
From his next album ” “The One Thing” came Michael’s massive single “Said I Loved You…But I Lied,” which spent 12 weeks at #1 on the AC charts and earned him another Grammy-nomination.
Michael has always been attracted to a wide array of musical categories, from Sinatra favorites ("Bolton Swings Sinatra"), to classical arias ("My Secret Passion"), which achieved #1 on the classical charts for a record breaking 6 weeks.
Michael’s songs and performances have been featured in numerous television and film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated theme song “Go the Distance” from Walt Disney’s blockbuster animated film “Hercules”. He also executive produced the documentary “Terror at Home” addressing Domestic Violence in America, and was Emmy-nominated for writing the title song “Tears of The Angels”.
For his dedication to social activism, Michael has been honored with several Humanitarian awards – including the Martin Luther King Award granted by the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.), the Lewis Hine Award from The National Child Labor Committee, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, and the Frances Preston Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael is especially proud of the initiatives carried out by his own foundation, the Michael Bolton Charities, which strives to end the scourge of violence against women and children in America.