Bryan Adams (Singer/Songwriter)
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Updated: 8/20/09

Name: Bryan Adams

Born: November 5, 1959, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Claim To Fame: Canadian rock singer-songwriter known for hit songs like "Summer of '69" and "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"

Family Life: He is single with no children.

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Info: Adams released his first two albums in the early 1980s, but it wasn't until his third album that he achieved international recognition, popularity and sales. Cuts Like a Knife, released in January 1983, was Adams' breakout album due mainly to the lead singles. His best-selling album, Reckless, was released the following year, and featured the singles, "Run to You", and "Summer of '69".

Adams' next album, Waking up the Neighbours, co-produced by Adams and Mutt Lange, sold over ten million copies worldwide and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200. The album was released in September 1991 and featured the powerballad "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," the song that was featured in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

In November 1993 Adams released a compilation album entitled So Far So Good, which included a new song called "Please Forgive Me." In 1994 he collaborated with Rod Stewart and Sting for the single All for Love, and in 1995, his song "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Don Juan DeMarco.

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.

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Trivia: Is a vegan.

Has been nominated for 13 Grammys.

First job was washing dishes.

By coincidence, a high school in Dallas, Texas, bears his name. Bryan Adams High School (named after a Dallas community figure) was opened in 1957, two years before the Canadian singer's birth.

Was awarded the C.M. (Member of the Order of Canada) on April 20, 1998 and the C.O. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on May 6, 1998 for his services to music.

Recorded "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" in Spanish in 1992.

Attended the same high school as Michael J. Fox in Vancouver.

Is a strong animals' rights activist.

Recorded "Here I Am" in the French language.

At the age of 15, he quit school to play in nightclubs with bands like Shock and Sweeney Todd.

His foundation, "The Bryan Adams Foundation", aims to advance education and learning opportunities for children and young people worldwide.

In the mid 1990s, he successfully campaigned for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with Greenpeace Chairman David McTaggart.

Occasionally writes letter on behalf of the animal rights group PETA to support treatment of Animals.

Has had his photographs published in British Vogue, L'uomo Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, Interview magazine and i-D, among others.

Supports the Hear the World initiative as official photographer in its aim to raise global awareness for the topic of hearing and hearing loss.

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Where Are They Now: 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. He co-wrote the song "Never Gonna Break My Faith," which was performed by Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige, and earned him a Golden Globe Nomination in 2007.

On March 17, 2008, Adams released his eleventh album internationally, which was appropriately called "11". He did an 11-day, 11-country European acoustic promotional tour to kick off the release of the album. In May of this year, he announced on his Twitter account that he has started writing and recording a new album in Paris.

Adams is one of the four musicians pictured on the second series of the Canadian Recording Artist Series issued by Canada Post stamps on July 2, 2009.

Write To Bryan Adams:
Bryan Adams
406-68 Water Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1A4, Canada

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