Real Name: Bryan Guy Adams
Canadian rock singer, guitarist and photographer, born November 5th, 1959, in Ontario. His recording debut was at the age of fifteen, with the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. After a third version of Roxy Roller and one album called IF WISHES WERE HORSES, he went solo – releasing one disco single before striking out on a pop career.
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In Groups: Northern Lights, Rock Aid Armenia, Sweeney Todd, The Pointless Brothers, The Tuck Back Twins
Variations: Bryan Adams; Adamas, Adamo, Adams, Adams Bryan, Adams, B., Adams, Bryan Guy, B Adam, B Adams, B. Adams, B. A., B. Adams, B. AdamsC, B. G. Adams, B. W. Adams, B.A., B.Adams, B.Ādamss, B.G. Adams, B1, BA, BA., Br. Adams, Br.Adams, Brain Adams, Brayn Adams, Brian Adams, Brian Guy Adams, Brien Adams, Bryan, Bryan Adam, Bryan Guy Adams, Bryand Adams, Byran Adams, Vallance*, Брайан Адамс, Брайан Эдамс, Брайън Адамс, ブライアン・アダムス
With a career spanning over 20 years and worldwide album sales that rival the biggest recording artists in the world, Bryan Adams’s “I’m just the bass player in the band” attitude seems rather simple, compared to his career achievements, but that’s just how he is.
His songs have achieved #1 status all over the world, and his career has seen some amazing recordings with other music legends from around the world. He holds the record for the longest running #1 single in British music history with his hit “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and has topped the charts in the USA four times with hits “Heaven”, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “All For Love” (with Rod Stewart and Sting) and “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?”. In addition to these recordings he has been awarded the Order Of Canada from the country he was born in, which is the Canadian equivalent of the British MBE.
His honest live performances and concerts are well documented, making him one of the most exciting live acts in the world. He has used his concerts to benefit others over the years. Some examples are The Prince’s Trust, Live Aid and The Concert for Freedom for Nelson Mandela, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, NetAid/London and others. On his world tour of 92/93/94 he helped created the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, by issuing over half a million postcards to the fans at the shows, encouraging them to write and send them to Governments opposed to the sanctuary.
Most recently, Bryan’s focus has been on supporting breast cancer. After contributing a song to an album and campaign to help find a cure for breast cancer with Self Magazine in America, he went on to organizing a benefit concert in Canada early in 1998 and raised over a million dollars to build a breast-screening center at the St. Catherine’s General Hospital with supermodel Linda Evangelista. That led to the release of “Made In Canada,” a best selling book of his black and white photographs of Canadian women including Celine Dion, Alanis Morrisette, Joni Mitchell and many others. All royalties from this book went to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Awards have been numerous with a Grammy, an American Music Award, countless industry and songwriting awards and accolades including three Academy Award nominations for his music and lyrics in film soundtracks.
Universal Records has just released his 12th album this fall entitled “The Best Of Me” – Adams’s end of the decade greatest hits collection that includes two new songs, the beatley title track ‘The Best Of Me’ and the trippy dance track ‘Don’t Give Up’. The future seems clear that Adams is unstoppable.
In 1999, Adams and his power trio of Keith Scott on guitar and Mickey Curry on drums, completed over 120 concerts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. They are touring Canada in January 2000 with concert dates booked well into the first year of this new millennium. Look for concerts in America, Australia, Japan and more dates in Europe later this year and into the next.
In 2002, Adams wrote and performed the songs for the DreamWorks animated film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. The songs were included on the film’s soundtrack. The most successful single from the soundtrack was “Here I Am”, a British Top 5 and German Top 20 hit. The song also gave him his fourth Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Song from a Motion Picture.
In 2004, ARC Weekly released its chart of top pop artists since the last 25 years and Adams came up at number 13 in the chart with four number-one singles, ten top five hits and 17 top ten hits. Six years after the release of On a Day Like Today, Room Service was released in September 2004. It topped the charts in Germany and Switzerland and peaked at number four in the UK, selling 440,000 copies in its first week in Europe and thus at debuted at number one on Billboard’s European album chart. The single, “Open Road”, was the most successful single from the album and peaked at number one in Canada and number twenty-one in the UK. In May 2008, the album was also released in the US but charted only at number 134 on the Billboard 200.
In 2005, Anthology, the first 2-disc compilation was released, containing two new tracks. The US release features a new version of “When You’re Gone”, a duet with Pamela Anderson. Also in 2005, Adams re-recorded the theme song for the second season of Pamela’s Fox sitcom Stacked.
In 2006, Adams wrote and performed the theme song “Never Let Go” which was featured in the closing credits of the film The Guardian starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Adams also co-wrote the song “Never Gonna Break My Faith” for the film Bobby. The song was performed by the R&B singers Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige and earned him a Golden Globe Nomination in 2007.
Adams released his eleventh album internationally on 17 March 2008. It was appropriately called 11. The album was released in the US exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club retail stores on 13 May 2008. The first single released from the album was “I Thought I’d Seen Everything”. Adams did an 11-day, 11-country European acoustic promotional tour to kick off the release of the album. The album debuted at number one in Canada (making it his first album to reach that position since Waking Up the Neighbours in 1991) as well as reaching number two in Germany. In the United States, the album charted at number 80.
Adams was one of the four musicians who were pictured on the second series of the Canadian Recording Artist Series to be issued by Canada Post stamps on 2 July 2009. The total estimated number of Bryan Adams stamps that were printed is one and one-half million. In December 2009, Adams released the song “You’ve Been a Friend to Me” for the film Old Dogs.
In February 2010, he released “One World, One Flame” – a track used as a theme song by the German TV Station ARD for their Olympic coverage of Olympic Games in Vancouver.
On 12 February 2010, Adams performed a duet with Nelly Furtado. The song was called “Bang the Drum” and was co-written with Jim Vallance for the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver.
Adams performed at a party that Wayne Gretzky and Jaromír Jágr attended during Olympics, this brought all three together once again, following Gretzky’s final game in 1999 at Madison Square Garden, when Gretzky then played for the New York Rangers and Jagr was with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Adams then sang the Canadian national anthem and ad-libbed a line to acknowledge Gretzky’s departure, singing, “We’re gonna miss you Wayne Gretzky.”
Adams was one of several well known Canadian musicians to visit Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his official residence for an informal “jam session”. His latest album, Bare Bones, which is a compilation of his greatest songs has been certified gold in India, and he thanked all his Indians fans for giving him such support.
On Feb 19, 2011 Bryan Adams and his band played in Kathmandu, Nepal making him the first ever international artist to rock Nepal.
On March 14, 2011, Adams announced that he and co-founder of his foundation and girlfriend, Alicia Grimaldi, were expecting a baby and on April 22, 2011, Grimaldi gave birth to a daughter, Mirabella Bunny.