Michael Bolton’s birth name is Michael Bolotin. He was born in New Haven in 1953. His father was Jewish and his grandparents had migrated from Russia to the US. Bolton had a passion for music from a very early age. During the early 70s he decided to pursue a professional music career. He mainly focused on singing, songwriting and guitar playing. Initially his genres were hard rock, heavy metal but later he shifted to more mellow genres like pop rock, adult contemporary and soft rock. At the time Bolton came in the industry, the popularity of hard rock, punk rock and metal was on the rise. So he as a singer also took up hard rock as his main genre.
In 1975 Michael Bolton released his debut self-titled album. Soon he formed his own hard rock group, Blackjack. This band has himself as the lead singer, renowned rock guitarist Bruce Kulick, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Sandy Gennaro. During the group’s short lived stint, it released two studio albums, went on a US tour and also opened for the acclaimed heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne on one of his tours. Blackjack disbanded in 1980.
In 1983 Michael Bolton auditioned for the position of the lead singer for the legendary hard rock group, Black Sabbath. Bolton has so far released eighteen studio albums, one live record and thirty five singles. His multiple-Platinum certified albums are Soul Provider, The Hunger, Time Love & Tenderness, Timeless: The Classics and The One Thing. Time Love & Tenderness remains his highest selling album as it sold around eight million copies in the US alone. The record album went 8x Platinum in the US, 7x Platinum in Canada and 4x Platinum in the UK. It also topped the US and Norwegian music charts.
Michael Bolton has nine chart topping singles to his name. These include “How Am I Supposed to Love You,” “When I’m Back on My Feet Again,” “Love is a Wonderful Thing,” “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “Missing You Now.” Apart from a successful music career, Bolton has also acted in a number of mainstream movies like “Meet Wally Sparks,” “Snow Dogs,” “High Voltage” and “The Onion Movie.” He appeared as himself on an episode of the famous TV sitcom Two and a Half Men. He was the executive producer for movies such as Good Advice, The Other Sides of the Track, Offside and Terror at Home: Domestic Violence in America. Bolton has collaborated with various musicians and artists including the Academy Award winning Indian composer A.R Rehman, country music group Rascal Flatts, rock singer Sting, rock musician Bob Dylan and the renowned trumpeter Christopher Botti.
Michael Bolton continues to garner accolades from the fans and critics. He is already writing the lyrics for another studio album. Bolton’s album sales have crossed the sixty million mark. He has given live performances in various countries. The singer is the recipient of the Ellis Medal of Honor and also the Martin Luther King Award. Michael Bolton is coming to perform at a famous venue in the city. As most of his concerts are usually sold out in advance so you should book Michael Bolton tickets at the earliest.