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Bolton, Michael
Website: http://www.michaelbolton.com



Biography

Over the course of his extraordinary career, Michael Bolton-singer, songwriter, and social activist- has sold over 52 million albums and singles worldwide, and has won two Grammys for best male vocalist, and six American Music Awards among many other accolades.

In his new album, VINTAGE, Bolton turns to the pop standards of the 1940's, 50's and 60's for his twenty-second album. With such legendary songs as "All The Way", "A Kiss To Build A Dream On", "The Very Thought of You", "When I Fall in Love" and "Smile", Bolton brings to life the essence of pop music, and opens the genius of such renowned songwriters as George and Ira Gershwin, Sammy Cahn, and Marilyn & Alan Bergman & Michele Legrand to today's audiences.

A prolific songwriter, Bolton has penned songs for legendary artists including Barbra Streisand, KISS, Kenny Rogers, Kenny G., Cher, Peabo Bryson, Patti Labelle, among many others. He has also co-written songs with a host of gifted songwriters including Bob Dylan, BabyFace and Diane Warren, and performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Percy Sledge, Wynonna Judd, and BB King.

In 1993, he established the Michael Bolton Foundation, now the Michael Bolton Charities, Inc (MBC), to provide assistance, education and shelter to children and women at risk from poverty, as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse. In partnership with Connecticut Governor John Rowland, the MBC created "Safe Space," a danger-free environment for youths, to foster self-esteem, leadership skills, job training, and awareness of social issues. Since its inception, MBC has granted well over $3.7 million in funding to local and national charities.

Bolton also serves as the Honorary Chairman of Prevent Child Abuse America, National Chairman for This Close for Cancer Research and Board Member for the National Mentoring Partnership and the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

Most recently, Bolton joined forces with Lifetime Television, Verizon Wireless and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the national leading advocacy group dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children. On behalf of NCADV, Bolton along with Lifetime, Verizon Wireless and many others participated in a weeklong lobbying effort in March 2003, urging legislation to provide more assistance-including affordable housing options-for victims of domestic violence.

Among the awards Bolton has received are the Lewis Hine Award by the National Child Labor Committee, the Martin Luther King Award by the Congress of Racial Equality and the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations for his philanthropic work. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also recently recognized Bolton with a star on the legendary "Walk of Fame" for his musical and charitable contributions.




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