Bryan Adams is the bestselling Canadian rock artist and one of the bestselling rock artists of all-time regardless of origin. With his relatable lyrics and raspy vocals, Adams is sort of the Canadian Bruce Springsteen. He’s definitely a Canadian treasure.
Adams released his first album in 1980 and his eleventh in 2014. His breakthrough came in 1983 when he issued his third opus, Cuts Like A Knife. The offering contains the hit singles "Straight from the Heart", "Cuts Like a Knife," and "This Time.” Adams’ next release, Reckless, built on his previous successes. The work peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and was eventually certified 5x platinum by the RIAA.
Adams was born Nov. 5, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario. His father was a Canadian diplomat who took his family with him on diplomatic postings. This allowed the young Adams to spend time in Portugal, Austria, and Israel. Adams began his music career when he was 14. When he was 15 he appeared on an album by the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. He also co-wrote three of the album’s ten songs.
In 1978, Adams was signed to A&M records for one dollar. Also around this time, Adams was introduced to Jim Vallance, the former drummer and songwriter for the rock band Prism. Adams and Vallance would go on to write a bunch of hit songs together including “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Summer of ’69,” and “Heaven.”
Adams is a prolific songwriter. Besides penning his own hits, Adams has written songs for a slew of big name artists including Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, and .38 Special. Adams has recorded and toured with Tina Turner, worked with Roger Daltrey, and sang backup for Motley Crue and Belinda Carlisle. One of Adams’ most successful projects was his collaboration with Rod Stewart and Sting. The trio of legends joined forces to record "All for Love” for the movie The Three Musketeers. The single was a huge hit in Europe and North America.
Besides selling a bunch of albums and hundreds of thousands of Bryan Adams tickets, the singer-songwriter is also a prominent social activist. His Bryan Adams Foundation focuses on educating the world’s youth. Adams has performed at Live Aid, The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert, and toured for Amnesty International. He has also raised money and awareness for animal rights.
Adams has a second career in photography; his photos have been exhibited all over the world. Furthermore, his images have been featured in a variety of magazines and advertising campaigns. He has photographed numerous rock stars including Mick Jagger, Sting, Ray Charles, and Robert Plant. In 2002, Adams was asked to take pictures of Queen Elizabeth II.