Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, actor and photographer Bryan Adams, OC OBC was born 5 November 1959. Adams music career began in 1978, when at the age of 18, Adams met Jim Vallance introduced by a mutual friend in a Vancouver music store. Vallance was the former drummer and principal songwriter for Vancouver based rock band Prism and had recently quit that band to focus on a career as a studio musician and songwriter. Later in 1978, Adams signed to A&M records Adams’ first single, was “Let Me Take You Dancing,” An early version of “Straight From The Heart” was written during this period. The song later became Adams’s first top ten record in the US in 1983.
Adams’ self-titled debut album was released in February 1980, containing the songs “Remember” and “Wastin’ Time”, The album was certified gold in Canada in 1986. Adams’ second album, You Want It You Got It, was released in 1981 and contained the hit “Lonely Nights,” but it was not until his third album that he achieved international recognition, popularity and sales. Cuts Like a Knife, which was released in January 1983, was Adams’ breakout album contained the singles. “Straight from the Heart” & “Cuts Like a Knife” whose music video received heavy airplay on music television channels. The album achieved three times platinum status in Canada, platinum in the United States and gold in Australia.
Adams’ best-selling album, Reckless, was released in November 1984 and featured the singles, “Run to You”, “Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”, “One Night Love Affair”, “Somebody”, and “It’s Only Love”, a duet with Tina Turner, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In 1986, the song won an MTV award for Best Stage Performance. After the release of the album, Adams was nominated for Best Male Rock Performance. The album is Adams’ best-selling album in the United States and was certified five times platinum.
The follow-up album to Reckless was Into the Fire which was released in 1987. This album contained the hit songs “Heat of the Night” and “Hearts on Fire” and hit the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.In 1989 Adams did backup singing on Mötley Crüe’s album Dr. Feelgood and also on Belinda Carlisle’s song “Whatever It Takes” which appeared on her Album Runaway Horses.Adams’ next album, Waking Up the Neighbours, was released in September 1991 and featured “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, his second 1 hit single in Billboard Hot 100. This song was featured on the album and a movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman and spent a record-breaking 16 consecutive weeks at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. Adams won a Grammy Award in 1991 for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television. In November 1993 Adams released a compilation album entitled So Far So Good, that again topped the Charts in numerous countries. It included a brand new song called “Please Forgive Me”. In 1994 he collaborated with Rod Stewart and Sting for the single “All for Love” written for the Motion Picture Soundtrack of the movie Three Musketeers. The single topped the charts worldwide. It was followed in 1995 by, “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” (song released with the Motion Picture Soundtrack of the movie Don Juan DeMarco).
Released in June 1996, the album 18 til I Die contained the UK Top 10 singles “The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me” and “Lets Make a Night to Remember”. Then In December 1997, Adams released MTV Unplugged with three new tracks: “Back to You”, “A Little Love” and “When You Love Someone”. “Back to You” was the first single, followed by “I’m Ready”, an acoustic version of the Cut’s Like A Knife track. The album was a top 10 success in Germany while both singles reached the top 20 in the UK.On a Day Like Today was released in 1998 generated two British Top 10 singles: “Cloud Number Nine” and “When You’re Gone”, a duet with Melanie C of The Spice Girls. To commemorate the millennium, Adams released The Best of Me, his most comprehensive collection of songs at that time, which also included two new songs, the title track “The Best of Me” and “Don’t Give Up”.
During his long career Adams has won many awards and recieved many nominations For his contributions to music, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, and American Music awards. In addition, he has won two Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated for several Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting for films.Adams was also 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 also inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Canada’s Walk of Fame and was also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at Canada’s Juno Awards, and also took part of a grand ensemble of Canadian artists named Northern Lights, who recorded the song “Tears Are Not Enough” for the African famine relief effort and later received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his part in numerous charitable concerts and campaigns during his career, and on 1 May 2010 was given the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts