Bryan Adams

Bryan Guy Adams, OC, OBC (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, and photographer. Adams has won dozens of awards and nominations, including 18 Juno Awards among 56 nominations. He has also had 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 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. He is a well known photographer.[1][2]

Adams was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1998, and in April 2006 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at Canada’s Juno Awards.[3][4] In 2008, Bryan was ranked 38 on the list of All-Time top artists by 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,[5] and on 1 May 2010 was given the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts.

Early years

Adams was born in Kingston, Canada, to British parents. From his grandmother he also inherited a Maltese ancestry. As Adams’s father was a diplomat, he grew up traveling around the world with his parents. Subsequently, most of his youth was spent growing up in his parents’ native United Kingdom, Israel, Portugal, and Austria, part of the time in Cascais, Portugal, situated close to Lisbon, where he attended St Julians School. In 1973, Adams’s family returned to Canada and momentarily settled down in Vancouver, British Columbia. He washed dishes, sold pet food, and worked in record stores, and at the age of 15, Adams quit school to play in nightclubs with bands like Shock and Sweeney Todd, who released an album called If Wishes Were Horses with the fifteen year old Adams as lead singer.[6]

In 1978, at the age of 18, Adams sent a few demo recordings to A&M Records in Toronto. Not long afterwards he signed with them for the sum of one dollar.[7] 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 Adams’s first single, “Let Me Take You Dancing,” which made the Canadian RPM chart in March 1979 (the b-side was entitled “Don’t Turn Me Away”).

The Adams/Vallance partnership wrote songs for many other artists notably Kiss,Prism,Bonnie Raitt,Rod Stewart,Neil Diamond,Joe Cocker, Carly Simon,and Loverboy to name a few.

Music Activitist

In 2002, Adams wrote and performed the songs for the DreamWorks animated film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. The songs were included on the film’s soundtrack. The most successful single from the soundtrack was “Here I Am”, a British Top 5 and German Top 20 hit. The song also gave him his fifth Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Song from a Motion Picture.

In 2004, ARC Weekly released its chart of top pop artists since the last 25 years and Adams came up at number 13 in the chart with four number-one singles, ten top five hits and 17 top ten hits. Six years after the release of On a Day Like Today, Room Service was released in September 2004. It topped the charts in Germany and Switzerland and peaked at number four in the UK, selling 440,000 copies in its first week in Europe and thus at debuted at number one on Billboard’s European album chart. The single, “Open Road”, was the most successful single from the album and peaked at number one in Canada and number twenty-one in the UK. In May 2008, the album was also released in the US but charted only at number 134 on the Billboard 200.

In 2005, Anthology, the first 2-disc compilation was released, containing two new tracks. The US release features a new version of “When You’re Gone”, a duet with Pamela Anderson. Also in 2005, Adams re-recorded the theme song for the second season of Pamela’s Fox sitcom Stacked.

In 2006, Adams wrote and performed the theme song “Never Let Go” which was featured in the closing credits of the film The Guardian starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Adams also co-wrote the song “Never Gonna Break My Faith” for the film Bobby. The song was performed by the R&B singers Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige and earned him a Golden Globe Nomination in 2007.[36]

Adams released his eleventh album internationally on March 17, 2008. It was appropriately called 11. The album was released in the US exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club retail stores on May 13, 2008.[37] The first single released from the album was “I Thought I’d Seen Everything”. Adams did an 11-day, 11-country European acoustic promotional tour to kick off the release of the album.[38] The album debuted at number one in Canada (making it his first album to reach that position since Waking Up the Neighbours in 1991) as well as reaching number two in Germany. In the United States, the album charted at number 80.[16] In May 2009, Bryan Adams announced on his Twitter account that he has started writing and recording a new album in Paris.

Adams was one of the four musicians who were pictured on the second series of the Canadian Recording Artist Series to be issued by ‎Canada Post stamps on July 2, 2009.[39] The total estimated number of Bryan Adams stamps that were printed is one and one-half million.[40] In December 2009, Bryan Adams released the song “You’ve Been a Friend to Me” for the film Old Dogs.

In February 2010, Adams released “One World, One Flame” – a track which will be used as a theme song by the major German TV Station ARD for their Olympic coverage of Olympic Games in Vancouver.

On February 12, 2010, Adams performed a duet with Nelly Furtado. The song was called “Bang the Drum” and was co-written with Jim Vallance for the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, in front of 60,000 spectators at BC Place Stadium.

Adams performed at a party that Wayne Gretzky and Jaromír Jágr attended during Olympics, this brought all three together once again, following Gretzky’s final game in 1999 at Madison Square Garden, when Gretzky then played for the New York Rangers and Jagr was with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Adams then sang the Canadian national anthem and altered the line to reflect Gretzky’s departure, saying, “We’ll miss you Wayne Gretzky.”

Adams was recently one of several well known Canadian musicians to visit Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his official residence for an informal “jam session”.

Social Activitist

Most of Adams’s philanthropic activity is dedicated to 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’s area of support is broad and far-reaching, enabling grants to be given for projects supporting the elderly, victims of war and natural disasters, and those suffering from mental or physical illness. The foundation is completely funded by his photographic activities.

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. His next appearance for Amnesty was in February 1987 on Rock For Amnesty with Paul McCartney, Sting and Dire Straits, among others.

Playing in the U.S. section of Live Aid, Adams did not get the chance to play at Wembley Stadium; however, another opportunity came in June 1987 when Adams played there at the 5th Annual Prince’s Trust Rock Gala along with Elton John, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and others. Adams returned to Wembley Stadium the following year when he performed at the Nelson Mandela birthday party concert.

Adams helped commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall when, in 1990, he joined many other guests (including his songwriting partner Michael Kamen) for Roger Waters’ massive performance of The Wall in Berlin, Germany.[43] He performed 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. His version of Young Lust, which was partially re-recorded for the album due to technical problems during the live concert, peaked at #7 at Mainstream Rock Tracks.

On 24 April 1993, Adams joined Farm Aid VI alongside Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Ringo Starr.

On 29 January 2005, 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 £1.5M ($2,617,000) from the concert .He also auctioned a white Fender Stocaster guitar signed by many of the world’s prominent guitarists.The guitar raised a total of 3.7 million US dollars 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 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.[44]

On 29 January 2006, Adams became the first Western artist to perform in Karachi, 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.

In the mid 1990s, Adams successfully campaigned for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with Greenpeace Chairman David McTaggart (the two distributed over 500,000 postcards at concerts around the world encouraging politicians to vote yes for the creation of the sanctuary).

Adams occasionally writes letters on behalf of the animal rights group PETA to support the ethical treatment of animals. He wrote to the CEO of the most 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 and was also a nominee for PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarians of the Year”.

On 25 May 2005, Adams raised £1.3M with cousin Johnny Armitage, from a concert and auction entitled Rock by the River for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. On 15 May of the next year, 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.[50] On 28 February 2008 he appeared in One Night Live at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada with Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden and RyanDan in aid of the Sunnybrook Hospital Women and Babies Program.

To support the peace in Georgia, Adams played a special outdoor concert in Tbilisi, on 19 September 2008.

Played at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Born Free Foundation at “Wild and Live” on 14 November 2009

His foundation raised £170,000 for Kids Company, a UK based charity that helps underprivileged and abused children in London, England.

As a photographer

Adams accepting a LeadAward for photography in 2006.

Adams has had his photographs published in British Vogue, L’uomo Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Interview magazine and i-D, among others. His other photographic efforts include publishing Zoo Magazine, the fashion/art magazine based in Berlin, Germany. On 1 June 2005, he published his first book of photos in the United States with Calvin Klein called American Women; proceeds from this book go to breast cancer research for programs at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He released a similar book of photos called Made In Canada in December 1999. All of his books were dedicated to his friend Donna, who died of the disease.

As a photographer, Adams has worked with many of his musical peers, including Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Take That, Joss Stone, Plácido Domingo, Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion, Billy Idol, Moby, Amy Winehouse, t.A.T.u., Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Lenny Kravitz, Die Antwoord, and Morrissey to name a few. On 27 November 2000 Bryan played onstage with The Who at the Royal Albert Hall. A DVD of the concert was issued. Bryan photographed the band and his photos appear in the DVD booklet.

In 2002, Adams was invited, along with other photographers from the Commonwealth, to photograph Queen Elizabeth II during her Golden Jubilee; one of the photographs from this session was used as a Canadian postage stamp in 2004 and again in 2005 (see Queen Elizabeth II definitive stamp (Canada)), another portrait of both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip is now in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Bryan Adams supports the Hear the World initiative as a photographer in its aim to raise global awareness for the topic of hearing and hearing loss. Adams has shot covers for their magazine, a quarterly culture and lifestyle publication dedicated to the topic of hearing.

Photographed Michael J. Fox and Tatjana Patitz in the 2011 Carl Zeiss AG company calendar in New York City in the summer of 2010. The focus was about the size difference of the subjects in a comedic presentation.

Background information
Birth name Bryan Guy Adams
Born 5 November 1959 (1959-11-05) (age 51)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, photographer, social activist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
Years active 1977–present
Labels A&M, Polydor

Bryan Adams Lyrics

  1. Randy Adams says:

    Oh ! how much love he’d get if he comes before me.

  2. jack_rod says:

    He’s the best in pop singer i choose.
    I’d give the OSCAR.

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