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With his distinctive vocals and blue-collar songwriting skills, Canadian icon Bryan Adams’ take on rock ‘n’ roll basics found a niche that has lasted for over 30 years.

Adams solo career was launched with the release of his self-titled debut album, "Bryan Adams," in February of 1980 on A&M Records. Adams had already been touring, recording demos and working as a studio musician paying his rent for a few years, but it was when Adams formed a song-writing partnership with drummer Jim Vallance that things started to happen. The first album was not initially released in the U.S. (although “Hiding from Love” was issued as a single and reached No. 43 on the dance chart), so Adams assembled a backup band and embarked on his first Canadian tour as a solo act, spending four months playing clubs and colleges.

The tour was to be the foundation for his second album, "You Want It, You Got It," which was recorded in NYC in two weeks and released in the spring of 1981. The original album title was Bryan Adams Hasn’t Heard Of You Either but that title was rejected by A&M as being too provocative. This 2nd album became Adams’ first ‘official’ release in the U.S. He toured America for six months, opening for the Kinks and Foreigner and by January of 1982 the album broke into the Billboard charts peaking at No. 118 in 13 weeks. The single “Lonely Nights” became his first Hot 100 entry at No. 84 and peaked at No. 3 on the mainstream rock chart.

His third album, "Cuts Like a Knife" was released in January of 1983, with the single “Straight from the Heart”, leading the way. It broke his career open, peaking in the Top Ten of the Hot 100 and setting up the LP, which followed. The album also reached Top Ten, selling platinum and spawning further Top 40 hits with the title song and “This Time”.The album’s success was stimulated by Adams’ extensive touring in support of it, which began in Canada and continued into the U.S., where he opened for Journey. From there he toured Europe followed by dates in Japan and then back to Canada.

BA with Jim VallanceAdams’ fourth album "Reckless" was released on his 25th birthday, November 5, 1984, and was preceded by the single “Run to You”, which reached the Top Ten. It was followed by no less than five Top 20 singles drawn from the album: “Somebody”, “Heaven” (which hit number one), “Summer of ‘69″ (Top Ten), “One Night Love Affair”, and a duet with Tina Turner, “It’s Only Love”. Reckless reached No. 1 in the U.S. selling five million copies in America and a reported three million more in the rest of the world. Adams also earned his first two Grammy nominations, Best Male Rock Performance for the album as a whole, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group for “It’s Only Love”. As per usual, Adams toured extensively in support of it. His “World Wide in ‘85″ tour began in December of 1984 finally wrapping in November 1985. One of the highlights that year included being the first artist to open the American side of the Live Aid concert from Philadelphia on July 13th.

"Into the Fire," followed in March of 1987, prefaced by the single “Heat of the Night,” which became Adams’ fifth Top Ten hit in the U.S. The album reached the Top Ten in the U.S. and sold a million copies, with another million sold overseas. It also spawned the Top 40 hits “Hearts on Fire” and “Victim of Love”. Adams’ worldwide tour in support of the album went on for more than a year. One of the final shows, in Werchter, Belgium, was filmed for a television special, “Bryan Adams: Live in Belgium“, broadcast in Canada the following year.

"Live! Live! Live!," a concert album drawn from the 1988 Belgium show, was initially released only in Japan but later garnered a wider audience. In a departure from earlier years, Adams did not tour extensively but opted to spend his time in England with writer/producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, preparing for his next album.

In June of 1991, Adams went back on the road in Europe co-headlining with ZZ Top. This coincided with the release of the single “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” which topped the U.S. charts for seven weeks – the longest any song had remained at No. 1 in eight years. Its international success was even greater; spending 16 weeks at No. 1 in the U.K., making it the longest-running chart-topper in the history of the British charts.

"Waking Up the Neighbours" was released in September of 1991, and Adams once again hit the road – this time until July of 1993. The album featured two Top Ten hits “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” and of course, “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”. Before it finished running its course there would be three more Top 40 hits, “There Will Never Be Another Tonight”, “Do I Have to Say the Words?” and “Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven”. "Waking Up the Neighbours" sold four million copies in the U.S. and another six million in the rest of the world. It also earned Adams a Grammy nomination and his first Academy Award nomination.

Adams began to look forward to his next studio album, but in the interim released a hits compilation, "So Far So Good," in November 1993 featuring the single “Please Forgive Me,” a new Adams/Lange track. The song would also find its way into the Top Ten.

BA with sting and rod stewardThen came the Adams’ theme song for the movie The Three Musketeers, “All for Love“, recorded with Rod Stewart and Sting, which hit No. 1 in the U.S. in January of 1994. That same month, Adams embarked on an ambitious tour of the Far East, including countries like Vietnam that were rarely visited by Western pop artists. Throughout the better part of 1994, Bryan kept a low profile with the exception of a song called “Rock Steady” written for Bonnie Raitt’s live album Road Tested. He performed the song as a duet with her, and the two soon shared a chart single.

Have You Ever Really Loved A WomanAt the beginning of 1996 Adams released a new album "18 ‘Til I Die." The album featured the flamenco-tinged “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” from the Johnny Depp/Marlon Brando film Don Juan De Marco. Adams was rewarded with yet another No. 1 hit, as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and his second Oscar nomination for Best Song. Later that year, he sang and wrote the single, “I Finally Found Someone“, a duet with Barbra Streisand for her movie, The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), later that year. “I Finally Found Someone” became a top ten hit and won Adams his third Academy-Award nomination.

Adams and Mel CAdams filmed an appearance for MTV’s popular Unplugged series in the fall of 1997, and it was released as an album in December. It was a modest success, and served as a stopgap until the appearance of his next studio album, "On a Day Like Today," which was released in October 1998. Overseas, the disc featuring the Melanie C duet “When You’re Gone”, reached the UK No. 3 spot in December of 1998 and spent 10 weeks in the Top 10. This was followed by the Top 10 dance re-mix of “Cloud Number Nine”. The album also hit No. 3 in Canada.

In November 1999, Adams issued a second hits compilation, "The Best of Me," but the American branch of A&M/Interscope declined to release it. The title track “The Best Of Me” charted all over Europe and in Canada.

BA with horseAdams returned in the spring of 2002 collaborating with Hans Zimmer on his first full-length song score for a film, the animated DreamWorks feature "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron." The soundtrack made it into the Top 40 and Adams and Zimmer earned a Golden Globe Nomination for their collaboration.

In September of 2004, "Room Service" was released in Canada and Europe where it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard European Top 100 albums Chart. This was shortly followed by its release in the US in the spring of 2005.

In the fall of 2005 Bryan Adams celebrated his 25th anniversary as a recording artist with his first two-CD collection Anthology, the biggest retrospective of his multi-platinum career. The 36 selection "Anthology" spans Adams’ entire career from 1980 through to present day, offering the very best of one of the most popular rock singer-songwriters to ever don jeans and a t-shirt.

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.

In 2008, Adams released his eleventh album called "11" containing 3 songs with Vallance credited as co-songwriter. 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. The album debuted at number one in Canada as well as reaching number 2 in Germany. In the United States the album charted at number eighty.

In December 2009, Bryan Adams released the song “You’ve Been A Friend To Me” for the movie "Old Dogs." In September of 2014, he released a new album titled, "Tracks of My Years." He will release another new album, titled "Get Up," in October of 2015.

Adams is also a social rights activist. Most of his philanthropic activity is focused on "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. However, he is also an avid supporter of the animal rights group, PETA.

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Bryan Adams Biography

With his distinctive vocals and blue-collar songwriting skills, Canadian icon Bryan Adams’ take on rock ‘n’ roll basics found a niche that has lasted for over 30 years.

Adams solo career was launched with the release of his self-titled debut album, "Bryan Adams," in February of 1980 on A&M Records. Adams had already been touring, recording demos and working as a studio musician paying his rent for a few years, but it was when Adams formed a song-writing partnership with drummer Jim Vallance that things started to happen. The first album was not initially released in the U.S. (although “Hiding from Love” was issued as a single and reached No. 43 on the dance chart), so Adams assembled a backup band and embarked on his first Canadian tour as a solo act, spending four months playing clubs and colleges.

The tour was to be the foundation for his second album, "You Want It, You Got It," which was recorded in NYC in two weeks and released in the spring of 1981. The original album title was Bryan Adams Hasn’t Heard Of You Either but that title was rejected by A&M as being too provocative. This 2nd album became Adams’ first ‘official’ release in the U.S. He toured America for six months, opening for the Kinks and Foreigner and by January of 1982 the album broke into the Billboard charts peaking at No. 118 in 13 weeks. The single “Lonely Nights” became his first Hot 100 entry at No. 84 and peaked at No. 3 on the mainstream rock chart.

His third album, "Cuts Like a Knife" was released in January of 1983, with the single “Straight from the Heart”, leading the way. It broke his career open, peaking in the Top Ten of the Hot 100 and setting up the LP, which followed. The album also reached Top Ten, selling platinum and spawning further Top 40 hits with the title song and “This Time”.The album’s success was stimulated by Adams’ extensive touring in support of it, which began in Canada and continued into the U.S., where he opened for Journey. From there he toured Europe followed by dates in Japan and then back to Canada.

BA with Jim VallanceAdams’ fourth album "Reckless" was released on his 25th birthday, November 5, 1984, and was preceded by the single “Run to You”, which reached the Top Ten. It was followed by no less than five Top 20 singles drawn from the album: “Somebody”, “Heaven” (which hit number one), “Summer of ‘69″ (Top Ten), “One Night Love Affair”, and a duet with Tina Turner, “It’s Only Love”. Reckless reached No. 1 in the U.S. selling five million copies in America and a reported three million more in the rest of the world. Adams also earned his first two Grammy nominations, Best Male Rock Performance for the album as a whole, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group for “It’s Only Love”. As per usual, Adams toured extensively in support of it. His “World Wide in ‘85″ tour began in December of 1984 finally wrapping in November 1985. One of the highlights that year included being the first artist to open the American side of the Live Aid concert from Philadelphia on July 13th.

"Into the Fire," followed in March of 1987, prefaced by the single “Heat of the Night,” which became Adams’ fifth Top Ten hit in the U.S. The album reached the Top Ten in the U.S. and sold a million copies, with another million sold overseas. It also spawned the Top 40 hits “Hearts on Fire” and “Victim of Love”. Adams’ worldwide tour in support of the album went on for more than a year. One of the final shows, in Werchter, Belgium, was filmed for a television special, “Bryan Adams: Live in Belgium“, broadcast in Canada the following year.

"Live! Live! Live!," a concert album drawn from the 1988 Belgium show, was initially released only in Japan but later garnered a wider audience. In a departure from earlier years, Adams did not tour extensively but opted to spend his time in England with writer/producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, preparing for his next album.

In June of 1991, Adams went back on the road in Europe co-headlining with ZZ Top. This coincided with the release of the single “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” which topped the U.S. charts for seven weeks – the longest any song had remained at No. 1 in eight years. Its international success was even greater; spending 16 weeks at No. 1 in the U.K., making it the longest-running chart-topper in the history of the British charts.

"Waking Up the Neighbours" was released in September of 1991, and Adams once again hit the road – this time until July of 1993. The album featured two Top Ten hits “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” and of course, “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”. Before it finished running its course there would be three more Top 40 hits, “There Will Never Be Another Tonight”, “Do I Have to Say the Words?” and “Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven”. "Waking Up the Neighbours" sold four million copies in the U.S. and another six million in the rest of the world. It also earned Adams a Grammy nomination and his first Academy Award nomination.

Adams began to look forward to his next studio album, but in the interim released a hits compilation, "So Far So Good," in November 1993 featuring the single “Please Forgive Me,” a new Adams/Lange track. The song would also find its way into the Top Ten.

BA with sting and rod stewardThen came the Adams’ theme song for the movie The Three Musketeers, “All for Love“, recorded with Rod Stewart and Sting, which hit No. 1 in the U.S. in January of 1994. That same month, Adams embarked on an ambitious tour of the Far East, including countries like Vietnam that were rarely visited by Western pop artists. Throughout the better part of 1994, Bryan kept a low profile with the exception of a song called “Rock Steady” written for Bonnie Raitt’s live album Road Tested. He performed the song as a duet with her, and the two soon shared a chart single.

Have You Ever Really Loved A WomanAt the beginning of 1996 Adams released a new album "18 ‘Til I Die." The album featured the flamenco-tinged “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” from the Johnny Depp/Marlon Brando film Don Juan De Marco. Adams was rewarded with yet another No. 1 hit, as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and his second Oscar nomination for Best Song. Later that year, he sang and wrote the single, “I Finally Found Someone“, a duet with Barbra Streisand for her movie, The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), later that year. “I Finally Found Someone” became a top ten hit and won Adams his third Academy-Award nomination.

Adams and Mel CAdams filmed an appearance for MTV’s popular Unplugged series in the fall of 1997, and it was released as an album in December. It was a modest success, and served as a stopgap until the appearance of his next studio album, "On a Day Like Today," which was released in October 1998. Overseas, the disc featuring the Melanie C duet “When You’re Gone”, reached the UK No. 3 spot in December of 1998 and spent 10 weeks in the Top 10. This was followed by the Top 10 dance re-mix of “Cloud Number Nine”. The album also hit No. 3 in Canada.

In November 1999, Adams issued a second hits compilation, "The Best of Me," but the American branch of A&M/Interscope declined to release it. The title track “The Best Of Me” charted all over Europe and in Canada.

BA with horseAdams returned in the spring of 2002 collaborating with Hans Zimmer on his first full-length song score for a film, the animated DreamWorks feature "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron." The soundtrack made it into the Top 40 and Adams and Zimmer earned a Golden Globe Nomination for their collaboration.

In September of 2004, "Room Service" was released in Canada and Europe where it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard European Top 100 albums Chart. This was shortly followed by its release in the US in the spring of 2005.

In the fall of 2005 Bryan Adams celebrated his 25th anniversary as a recording artist with his first two-CD collection Anthology, the biggest retrospective of his multi-platinum career. The 36 selection "Anthology" spans Adams’ entire career from 1980 through to present day, offering the very best of one of the most popular rock singer-songwriters to ever don jeans and a t-shirt.

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.

In 2008, Adams released his eleventh album called "11" containing 3 songs with Vallance credited as co-songwriter. 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. The album debuted at number one in Canada as well as reaching number 2 in Germany. In the United States the album charted at number eighty.

In December 2009, Bryan Adams released the song “You’ve Been A Friend To Me” for the movie "Old Dogs." In September of 2014, he released a new album titled, "Tracks of My Years." He will release another new album, titled "Get Up," in October of 2015.

Adams is also a social rights activist. Most of his philanthropic activity is focused on "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. However, he is also an avid supporter of the animal rights group, PETA.

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  • Interview: Bryan Adams talks about new album - YouTube
  • Bryan Adams Intimate Interview - YouTube

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  • How to book Bryan Adams?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bryan Adams for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bryan Adams, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bryan Adams or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bryan Adams?

    Booking fees for Bryan Adams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bryan Adams, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bryan Adams?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bryan Adams for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bryan Adams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bryan Adams or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bryan Adams or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bryan Adams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bryan Adams for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Bryan Adams generally travels from VancouverCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mike Shinoda, Hozier, Gary Clark Jr., Warren Haynes Band and Don Henley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bryan Adams for an upcoming event.

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  • Interview: Bryan Adams talks about new album - YouTube
    Bryan Adams Intimate Interview - YouTube

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