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Michael Bolton Biography


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Birth Name: Michael Bolotin
Born: 1953/02/26
Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Years Active: 1968–present
Genres: Rock, Pop, Pop Rock, Adult Contemporary


Michael Bolton (born February 26, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter and a former rock singer. He is best known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals.

His achievements include selling eight top ten albums, achieving two number one singles on the Billboard charts, and receiving awards from both the American Music Awards and Grammy Awards. Nine of his singles have peaked at #1 on either the Billboard Hot 100 or the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts in the US.

Bolton began recording in 1975. This first album was self-titled using his original surname, Bolotin. Early in his musical career, he focused on hard rock. Michael gained his first major hit as a songwriter, co-writing "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" for Laura Branigan.

Bolton would achieve his greatest success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a singer in the adult contemporary/easy listening genre. One of his first major hits was his 1987 interpretation of the Otis Redding classic, "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay." In 1991, Bolton released the album “Time, Love & Tenderness” which featured his Grammy Award winning cover version of "When a Man Loves a Woman".

Bolton's early songwriting collaborators included Doug James and Mark Mangold (with whom he co-wrote and jointly composed "I Found Someone"). As a singer, he has performed with Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Tony Cetinski, Lucia Aliberti, Renée Fleming, Zucchero, Patti LaBelle, Céline Dion, Ray Charles, Percy Sledge, Wynonna Judd, and BB King.

Bolton's last Top 40 single in the US in his own right was the 1997 hit "Go the Distance" (featured in the Walt Disney motion picture “Hercules”), which peaked at #1 on the US adult contemporary chart. Bolton's album “Only A Woman Like You “was released in 2001. The title song was co-written by Shania Twain and with background vocals by Skyler Jett.

In 2006 Bolton and his then fiancé Nicollette Sheridan sang a duet, "The Second Time Around," for the album “Bolton Swings Sinatra”. For “Over the Rainbow,” an album which was recorded in five days, Bolton recorded the song "New York, New York" (also on his “Bolton Swings Sinatra” album). This was for an episode of the TV series, “Challenge Anneka. “The proceeds from the album went to children's hospices across the UK.

Bolton performed a duet entitled "Il Mio Amico" with the Italian singer Anna Tatangelo at the Sanremo Music Festival 2008. The song was originally sung by Tatangelo alone, but the duet version contained English lyrics as well.

Bolton released his album “One World One Love” in the UK on 21 September 2009. The first single, "Just One Love," was released one week earlier.