Michael Bolton was born Michael Bolotin on February 26, 1954 in New Haven, Connecticut, to George and Helen Bolotin.
He began his career in RCA Records when he was 22 and recorded his first self-entitled album â€˜Michael Bolotinâ€™ in 1975. His second album was entitled â€˜Every Day Of My Lifeâ€™.
After leaving RCA Records, in 1979, Michael assembled a rock band called â€˜Blackjackâ€™ whose line-up contained Bruce Kulick on guitars, Jimmy Haslip on bass and Sandy Genaro on drums. The band was short-lived, and yet managed to release two albums in succession â€˜Blackjackâ€™ and â€˜Worlds Apartâ€™.
Resuming his solo career in the beginning of the 80â€™s, Michael Bolotin renamed himself Michael Bolton and released his first record â€” â€˜Michael Boltonâ€™.
His style remained that of rock/ pop but the success wasnâ€™t what he would expect. After one more rock album â€˜Everybodyâ€™s Crazyâ€™ in 1985, Michael put out his first successful work â€˜The Hungerâ€™ in 1987. The album contained the hit â€œThatâ€™s What Love Is All Aboutâ€ a romantic ballad that began uplifting his career, showing his special talent for that sort of interpretation.
But the greatest work came only in 1989. â€˜Soul Providerâ€™ contained a string of hits and potential Grammy nominees having won the Award with â€œHow Am I Supposed To Live Without Youâ€ such as â€œSoul Providerâ€, â€œGeorgia On My Mind,â€ â€œHow Can We Be Loversâ€ and â€œYou Wouldnâ€™t Know Loveâ€.
From then on, Michael began climbing up the ladder of success in an astonishing way. His 1990â€™s â€˜Time, Love And Tendernessâ€™ provided hits such as the title track â€œMissing You Nowâ€ in which he had a partnership with Kenny G. Its follow-up would come out in 1992, with surprising news: â€˜Timeless â€” The Classicsâ€™ presented only his own readings of great songs such as â€œYesterdayâ€, â€œYou Send Meâ€ and â€œWhite Christmasâ€.
In 1996, Bolton released two albums: â€˜Thinking Of Youâ€™ and his much expected Christmas album â€˜This Is The Time â€” The Christmas Albumâ€™. At the same time, he took part in the soundtrack of the movie â€˜Only Youâ€™ having contributed with the song â€œOnce In Lifetimeâ€ and of Disneyâ€™s â€˜Herculesâ€™ with the song â€œGo The Distanceâ€.
Over the course of his extraordinary career, Bolton â€” singer, songwriter, and social activist has sold over 52 million albums and singles worldwide, and has won two Grammys and six American Music Awards among many other accolades. Michael received a star at Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
In his new album, â€˜Vintageâ€™, Bolton turned to the pop standards of the 1940â€™s, 50â€™s and 60â€™s for his 22nd album. With such legendary songs as â€œAll The Wayâ€, â€œA Kiss To Build A Dream Onâ€, â€œThe Very Thought of Youâ€, â€œWhen I Fall in Loveâ€ and â€œSmileâ€, he brings to life the essence of pop music.
A prolific songwriter, he has penned songs for artistes including Barbra Streisand, KISS, Kenny Rogers, Kenny G, Cher, Peabo Bryson, Patti Labelle, among many others. He has also co-written songs with a host of gifted songwriters including Bob Dylan, BabyFace and Diane Warren, and performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Percy Sledge, Wynonna Judd, and BB King.
Michael married Maureen in 1975 and they got separated in 1990. In 1993, he established the Michael Bolton Foundation, now the Michael Bolton Charities, Inc, to provide assistance, education and shelter to children and women at risk from poverty and abuse.