Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and theater. Bolton remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through the Michael Bolton Charities as well as other social and political organizations. Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics, his timeless style, charm and good looks have also earned him a spot in several “People Magazine’s Sexiest Man” issues, including 2012’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” He most recently became a viral sensation for featuring in The Lonely Island’s hugely popular, “Captain Jack Sparrow” video that launched on Saturday Night Live and was performed live on the Emmys. The Emmy-nominated video has racked up over 150 million views on YouTube, where it was the 3rd most viewed video of 2011. Bolton credits his fans with being “the best in the world” and loves nothing more than bringing his timeless hits to audiences globally.
In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Michael has always balanced a love for writing new songs with a passion for covering the classics. On his breakthrough album The Hunger, Bolton authored the #1 single “That’s What Love is All About” and sang his chart topping version of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay,” which was a hit on 4 radio formats. That album was certified double Platinum and shipped 4 million copies worldwide. To date, Michael has seen 8 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with 9 #1 singles. Bolton’s true signature success was seized with the album Soul Provider, selling more than 12.5 million copies world-wide, and showcasing several chart-toppers including the #1 hit single “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” which earned Michael his first Grammy. This pivotal album also includes the hit singles “When I’m Back on My Feet” Again,” “How Can We Be Lovers,” “Soul Provider,” and of course the Grammy-nominated “Georgia on My Mind.”
For his dedication to social activism, Michael has been honored with several Humanitarian awards – including the Martin Luther King Award granted by the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.), the Lewis Hine Award from The National Child Labor Committee, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, the Frances Preston Lifetime Achievement Award and the first annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Gender Equality.. Michael is especially proud of the initiatives carried out by his own foundation, the Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 23rd Year of advocating on behalf of women and children at risk.