Real name is Michael Bolotin but known professionally as Michael Bolton is an American singer, a song writer who has released at over 13 album and singles in his music career. Some of which include Every Day of My Life (1976), Everybody’s Crazy (1985), The Hunger (1987), Soul Provider (1989), Time, Love & Tenderness (1991), Timeless: The Classics (1992), The One Thing (1993), All That Matters (1997), My Secret Passion (1998), Only a Woman Like You (2002), Vintage (2003), ‘Til the End of Forever (2005), Bolton Swings Sinatra (2006), One World One Love (2009), Ain’t No Mountain High Enough–Tribute to Hitsville (2013) and Songs of Cinema (2017).
Nine of his singles topped the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts in the US. Michael Bolotin (1975). As a song writer his ability to work with diverse talent is astonishing as he has written with likes of Paul Stanley, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, and David Foster.
As a singer, he has performed with other diverse kind of artists such as: Luciano Pavarotti, Celine Dion, Lucia Aliberti, José Carreras, Ray Charles, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Tony Cetinski, Wynonna Judd, Patti LaBelle, Percy Sledge, and Zucchero.
Even as songwriter and singer, Bolton is someone who has stood up and still consistently contributing to humanitarian causes and charity. He has worked as the executive producer of the documentary “Terror at Home addressing Domestic Violence in America” He also established the Michael Bolton Charities for his charitable work which involves helping in reducing the effects of poverty, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse in women and children.
He was part of those that lobbied on behalf of the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, such as affordable housing options. Bolton took on the position of; the chairman of Prevention of Child Abuse in America, the national chairman for “This Close for Cancer” Research. Bolton was also an important stakeholder and board member for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the National Mentoring Partnership.
Michael Bolton had won six American Music Award, they include; favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist in 1992, favorite Adult Contemporary Artist in 1993, favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist in 1993, favorite Adult Contemporary Artist in 1994, favorite Adult Contemporary Artist in 1995 and favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist. He also got two Grammy Awards one of which was Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1990 in the song “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and “When a Man Loves a Woman” in 1992. So far, in his music career, he has won over 20 BMI & ASCAP Awards, 9 Million-Air awards and he’s now a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Bolton was named the Songwriter of the Year” in 1993. From the National Child Labor Committee, Bolton won Lewis Hine Award for Foreign Entertainer of the Year in 1994 and from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations; he won the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 1995, he also won Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award. His songs have been recorded by the likes of KISS, Kanye West, Jay Z, Barbra Streisand, and Marc Anthony.
Michael Bolotin was born on February 26, 1953 in New Haven, Connecticut, United State. His family was Jewish. He is known for the Genres, Pop rock, soft rock, and blue-eyed soul, he had changed from hard rock and heavy metal genres which was his focus in his early musical career. The musician is also specialist in playing the Vocals guitar piano. And since 1975, he has been releasing various albums. Apart from winning awards, he has sold over 75 million records, and recorded eight top 10 albums on the Billboard charts.
Bolton came into limelight as a songwriter after co-writing “How Am I Supposed to Live without You” for Laura Braniga. The song became top-rated on the Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks in 1983. Another of his first major hits was his 1987 meaning of “(Sitting’ On) the Dock of the Bay”. Zelma Redding commented that she was moved by Bolton’s performance and it brought tears to my eyes. This encouraged him to release the album Time, Love & Tenderness in 1991 which featured his Grammy Award-winning cover version of “When a Man Loves a Woman.
Bolton used to be married to Maureen McGuire who gave birth to three daughters (Isa, Holly, and Taryn) before they divorced. He was engaged to Nicollette Sheridan in March 2006 but by August 2008 they had broken off their engagement. In January 2013, he published an autobiography which he called, The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life. Bolton is still committed in his humanitarian cause.