Date of Birth 5 November 1959, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams rose to fame with the release of his third album, "Cuts Like a Knife" (1983). The album made him popular throughout the United States. However, it was his fourth album "Reckless", which is referred to as one of the best albums of the 1980s that made him an international superstar and gave him his first Grammy nomination. The album also sold four million copies at the time. In 1987, he released his fifth album "Into the Fire", a more social conscious album. The album yielded a top ten single "Heat of the Night", another Grammy nomination and another platinum album to his name.
However, he released the album "Waking Up the Neighbours" (1991) which included the single "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You". The song sold more than three million copies in the United States, becoming the second best selling single, second only to "We Are the World". The song was also Adams' first Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe nomination as the song was written for the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). "Waking Up the Neighbours" sold four million albums in the United States and garnered him six Grammy nominations (a record for a Canadian). He won one for best song written specifically for a motion picture or television ("(Everything I Do) I Do It for You").
In 1993, Adams released a greatest hits album, titled "So Far So Good", which spawned a #1 single, "Please Forgive Me". That same year, he sang the single "All for Love" with Rod Stewart and Sting from the movie The Three Musketeers (1993), which became a #1 single reaching across Europe and North America. He released the single "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" from the movie Don Juan DeMarco (1994), which became his fourth #1 single and his second Academy Award nomination. He became one of two non-American singers to have four number one hits and the most successful Canadian singer ever.
In 1996, Adams released the album "18 Til I Die", which has garnered him another two Grammy nominations. Later that year, he wrote and sang the single "I Finally Found Someone", a duet with Barbra Streisand for her movie, The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). "I Finally Found Someone" became a top ten single and won Adams his third Academy Award nomination. He released three more albums since then, "MTV Unplugged" (1997), "On a Day Like Today" (1998) and most recently the songs for the DreamWorks animated movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) in which Adams earned his second Golden Globe nomination for "Best Song".
Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for his contributions to popular music and philanthropic work through his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tyler Shepherd
Trade Mark (1)
Bryan, Robert John Lange and Michael Kamen wrote a song for the comedy film 101 Dalmatians (1996). However, the song was not used in the film, but is available on Adams' album "18 Til I Die".
Is a vegan.
He may be Canada's most successful pop/rock singer, but his parents were both British citizens and he currently resides in Britain. However, he still has a studio in Canada.
His fourth album, "Reckless", is the best-selling Canadian album of all time. He received the Diamond Sales Award (equivalent of a platinum award in the United States) for the album, a first for a Canadian.
Has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards.
His 1991 album was declared "non-Canadian" at the time, because some of the songs were co-authored by R.J. Lange, who's British. The regulations later changed and "Waking Up the Neighbours" was declared a Canadian album.
Refuses to attend the Juno Awards (Canada's equivalent of the Grammys) because they, according to his manager, Bruce Allen, "turned their back on the biggest thing to come out" of Canada (referring to Adams' hit "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You").
In 1976, he joined replaced the lead singer of a band called Sweeney Todd. He recorded several songs for them before leaving the band in 1977. On those recordings, his voice was speeded up so this did not sound so raspy.
Of his #1 hits, only one ("Heaven") was not written for a motion picture.
The title theme to the film A Night in Heaven (1983) was recorded at the time of the film's release and, at the time, his third album, "Cuts Like a Knife", yielded several Top 10 hits. The song was later included in his fourth album, "Reckless" (1984), which later became a Top 10 hit. The same album also has a duet with Tina Turner titled "It's Only Love".
Had a number one single for 16 weeks (4 months) in Britain with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You".
Shares the same birthday (November 5th) as Ryan Adams.
By coincidence, a high school in Dallas, Texas, bears his name. Bryan Adams High School (named after a Dallas community figure) was opened in 1957, two years before the Canadian singer's birth.
He was awarded the CM (Member of the Order of Canada) on April 20, 1990 and the CO (Officer of the Order of Canada) on May 6, 1998 for his services to music.
Recorded "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" in Spanish (1992).
Attended the same high school as Michael J. Fox in Vancouver.
Is a strong animals' rights activist.
Recorded the song "Here I Am" in the French language (2007).
He was awarded the OBC (Order of British Columbia) by Lieutenant Governor David See-chai Lam in 1990 for his services to music.
He was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario in 1998 (charter member).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 21, 2011.
Has two daughters with Alicia Grimaldi: Mirabella Bunny Adams (born April 22, 2011) and Lula Rosylea Adams (born February 14, 2013).
Inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame (1998) and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2006).
Has homes in Chelsea, London, England and Paris, France.
Personal Quotes (6)
I always knew I'd be in music in some sort of capacity. I didn't know if I'd be successful at it, but I knew I'd be doing something in it. Maybe get a job in a record store. Maybe even play in a band. I never got into this to be a star.
I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I'd seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.
I never took a grant or borrowed a penny from anybody. It was partially because I didn't really know how to do that, but secondly, my pride never would have allowed me to. In the beginning it was about doing it the right way, on the merits of the music.
There's not an instruction manual on how to deal with success, so you just have to rely on having great friends and a good team.
I wish I could write the songs I wrote back when I was twenty-two. But I don't know how to do that anymore. I write the songs I write now that I'm fifty-two. It's a different thing.
[on Bob Geldof] He should be made a saint!
Bryan Adams, OC, OBC (born Bryan Guy Adams on November 5, 1959) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter and photographer. Rolling Stone magazine describes Adams as having an “unerring gift for radio-friendly pop hooks". He has been nominated for several Grammy Awards; and was first nominated at the 28th Grammy Awards for Reckless and "It`s Only Love" and won the Grammy and in 1992 won the award for "Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media". He has won countless Junos in Canada, MTV, ASCAP, American Music and Ivor Novello awards. He has also been awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world. Adams was inducted into Canada`s Walk of Fame in 1998 and in April 2006, he was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame at Canada`s Juno Awards. He was nominated for his fifth Golden Globe in 2007 for songwriting on the film Bobby which was sung by Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige, and has been nominated three times for Academy Awards for writing music in film.