Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photographer. Adams has been one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during last three decades. He’s known for his strong husky vocals and energetic live performances, and he has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists and the best-selling Canadian rock artist of all time.
Adams rose to fame in North America with his album Cuts Like a Knife and turned into a global star with his 1984 album Reckless. In 1991, he released his popular Waking Up the Neighbours album which included “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, one of the best-selling singles of all time.
For his contributions to music, Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, 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. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, American Music awards, two 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 and Alicia Grimaldi, who is also a trustee and co-founder of his namesake foundation, had their first daughter, Mirabella Bunny Grimaldi Adams on 22 April 2011. They announced the birth of their second daughter Lula Rosylea Grimaldi Adams, via People Magazine on 15 February 2013.
Adams has been vegan since the age of 29, originally for health reasons, but is also an advocate for animal rights.
Adams has homes in Chelsea, London and Paris.
Bryan Adams concert at Madison Square Garden Theater
A fan who kept yelling “Summer of ’69!” started to annoy Bryan Adams during his concert on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. “Have you ever been to a rock concert before?” Mr. Adams asked patiently. “As the show progresses, the songs come that you recognize.”
Mr. Adams doesn’t do anything that hasn’t been done at a rock concert before. He strums his electric guitar, strolls around the stage, embraces his band mates and jumps off a drum riser; he belts the words in an earnest rasp of a voice. The audience, filled with teen-age girls, happily does its part by singing choruses, holding up the flames of cigarette lighters during ballads and squealing when he approaches the edge of the stage. On Sunday, as the fan continued to shout, Mr. Adams brought him on stage; Seth from Long Island sang a few lines of “The Best Is Yet To Come,” doing his best Bryan Adams impression.
Mr. Adams raises generic rock from a job to a vocation. He and his collaborators, primarily Jim Vallance and Robert (Mutt) Lange, thrive on commonplace sentiments, stripped of specific details: “I just can’t stand another lonely night” or “All I want is you” or “You’re the only one I’ve ever loved” or “I’ve got to feel your touch.” Mr. Adams makes million-selling songs by portraying a virile nice guy. He might make noise at a party in “House Arrest” or let lust carry him away in “Run to Me,” but he’ll also promise undying devotion and sound like he means it, as in “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” which sold 15 million copies worldwide.
The words arrive in three-chord rockers or hymnlike power ballads that draw almost all their ideas from a small group of English and Midwestern rockers: the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, the Who, Bob Seger and John Cougar Mellencamp, with a touch of Bruce Springsteen. The songs are well-made, from opening guitar hook to sing-along chorus. And after more than a decade of Top 10 hits, Mr. Adams has made a trademark of his own facelessness; he is heroically ordinary.