About Bryan Adams
Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.Bryan Guy Adams was born on 5 November 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, to British parents, Elizabeth Jane and Captain Conrad J. Adams, who emigrated to Canada from Plymouth, England, in the 1950s. Adams’ father, a Sandhurst officer in the British Army, joined the Canadian Army and later spent time as a United Nations peacekeeping observer for Canada, which led to him becoming a Canadian foreign service diplomat. Adams traveled with his parents to diplomatic postings in Portugal where he attended the American International School of Lisbon and Vienna, Austria, during the 1960s, and to Israel during the early 1970s. Adams has an older brother, Bruce.
By the age 17, Adams had started working in the Vancouver studio scene, as a background vocalist for the CBC and backing local artists and with Motown keyboardist Robbie King, who Adams attributes to giving him his first salaried session. In late 1976, Adams became the vocalist for the band Sweeney Todd, who had only a few months earlier hit number 1 on the Canadian charts with the song “Roxy Roller”. Adams sang lead on a re-make of “Roxy Roller” for the US market, which made it to number 99 on the US charts. Sweeney Todd later released the album If Wishes Were Horses in 1977 with Adams—billed as “Bryan Guy Adams”—on lead vocals; Adams also co-wrote three of the album’s songs. The album’s title track, written by producer Martin Shaer, was a minor hit on the Canadian charts, peaking at number 59. Despite the band’s mild success, however, Adams left Sweeney Todd after less than a year.
Around this time, Adams was often seen sitting in with cover bands. He and guitarist Keith Scott met during those club years and still work together today. At the age of 18 in 1978 ,Adams met Jim Vallance through 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. They agreed to meet at Vallance’s home studio a few days later, which proved to be the beginning of a partnership which still exists in 2016. Later in 1978, Adams signed to A&M records for one dollar. Some of the first demos written in 1978 have surfaced over the years, most notably “I’m Ready” (recorded for both the album Cuts Like a Knife and later his release for MTV Unplugged) and “Remember”, which was recorded on his first album.
Both songs were covered by other artists even before his first album was released. Also recorded during this time was the disco song “Let Me Take You Dancing” featuring Adams’ vocal sped up to meet the 122BPM dance tempo. The song made the Canadian RPM chart in March 1979 along with its B-Side “Don’t Turn Me Away”. “Straight From The Heart” was also written during this period. In 1983,the song was later recorded for Adams’s third album “Cuts Like A Knife”and released as a single, becoming Adams’s first top 10 record in the U.S.
Adams rose to fame in North America with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife and turned into a global star with his 1984 album Reckless, which produced some of his best known songs, including “Run to You” and “Summer of ’69”. In 1991, he released “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” from the album Waking Up the Neighbours and the song became a worldwide hit which went to number 1 in many countries, including 16 consecutive weeks in the United Kingdom, a new record. Adams also had the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Heaven”, “All for Love” and “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”.
Adams has garnered many awards and nominations due to 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. Adams has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, American Music awards, three Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated five times for Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting for films.
Adams was 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 the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2011 and Canada’s Walk of Fame, Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1998, and in April 2006 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at Canada’s Juno Awards. In 2008, Adams was ranked 38th on the list of All-Time top artists in the Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts. On 13 January 2010, he 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.
Bryan Adams Activism
Most of Adams’s philanthropic activity is focused on his foundation “The Bryan Adams Foundation”, which aims to advance education and learning opportunities for children and young people worldwide, believing that an education is the best gift that a child can be given. The foundation is mostly funded by Adams himself. Adams supports the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) by shooting photos for them and writing letters. He wrote to the CEO of KFC restaurants in Canada in November 2007, asking them to become leaders in using more modern and more humane methods of killing chickens. Adams has been a vegan since 1989. On 14 September 2014, Adams was the first artist to sing at the Invictus Games organised by Prince Harry in East London. Prince Harry reciprocated by attending Adams’s exhibition on Wounded soldiers in London.
Bryan Adams Concerts
Since the 1980s, Adams has participated in concerts and other activities to help raise money and awareness for a variety of causes. His first high-profile charity appearance came in 1985 when he opened the US transmission of Live Aid from Philadelphia. In June of the next year, Adams participated in the two-week Amnesty International “A Conspiracy of Hope” tour alongside Sting, U2 and Peter Gabriel. In 1986, Adams performed at The Prince’s Trust All-Star Rock Concert in Wembley Arena to celebrate first 10 years of the Trust and again in June 1987 at the 5th Annual Prince’s Trust Rock Gala along with Elton John, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and others. The following year Adams performed at the Nelson Mandela birthday party concert at Wembley Stadium.He also helped commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall when, in 1990, he joined many other guests for Roger Waters’ massive performance of The Wall in Berlin, Germany. He got a chance to perform the Pink Floyd songs “What Shall We Do Now?” and “Young Lust” during the performance of The Wall, and then joined Waters, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison, Paul Carrack and others to perform Waters’ “The Tide Is Turning” to close the concert.
In the year 2005 on 29th January, Adams joined the CBC benefit concert in Toronto for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Twenty years after performing at Live Aid in the USA, Adams played at Canada’s Live 8 show in Barrie, Ontario. Later that year, he performed in Qatar and raised UK£1.5M (US$2,617,000) from the concert. He also auctioned a white Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by many of the world’s prominent guitarists. The guitar raised a total of US$3.7 million for charity and thus set a record as the world’s costliest guitar. The money went to Qatar’s “Reach Out to Asia” campaign to help the underprivileged across the continent. Money raised on the concert also went to some of his own projects like rebuilding a school in Thailand and building a new sports center in Sri Lanka, both of which had been devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
On 25 May 2005, Adams with cousin Johnny Armitage raised £1.3M , from a concert and auction entitled Rock by the River for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. On 15 May 2006, Adams returned to London to attend the Hope Foundation’s event (hosted by designer Bella Freud), helping to raise a portion of the £250,000 to support the Palestinian refugee children.The following June, he offered individuals from the public the chance to bid to sing with him live in concert at three different charity auctions in London. Over £50,000 was raised with money going to the NSPCC, Children in Need, and the University College Hospital. On 28 February 2008 he appeared in One Night Live at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden and RyanDan in aid of the Sunnybrook Hospital Women and Babies Program.
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Adams became the first Western artist to perform in Karachi on 29 January 2006, Pakistan, after the 11 September attacks, in conjunction with a benefit concert by Shehzad Roy to raise money for underprivileged children to go to school. Some of the proceeds of that concert also went to victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.On 18 October 2007, Adams was billed to perform in Tel Aviv and Jericho as part of the OneVoice Movement concerts, hoping to aid in solving the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The peace concert for supporters of a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel was called off because of security concerns.
Bryan Adams Personal life
In the 1990s, Adams was in a relationship with Danish model Cecilie Thomsen. Adams and Alicia Grimaldi, who is also a trustee and co-founder of his namesake foundation, had their first daughter in April 2011. They announced the birth of their second daughter in February 2013. Aside from his British parents, his grandmother was born in Malta.
Bryan Adams Awards and honours
In addition to his success at the Junos and Grammys and other music awards, Adams was also 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.
In the year 1990, Adams was awarded the Order of British Columbia. And on April 20, 1990, Adams was made a Member of the Order of Canada; and on May 6, 1998, was promoted within the order to the rank of Officer of the Order of Canada. Adams is also a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).