Canada has given the world a few things. Other than being the North American brother of the United States everyone loves, it has provided icons like Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Justin Trudeau, and much more. However, one other name to add to this list is Bryan Adams, a music icon who is a Canadian citizen and one of the biggest, most popular musicians in the world. His song, Everything I Do (I Do It For You) was and continues to be a global favorite. He has been in the industry as a professional singer since 1975 and has written his name into the annals of history ever since. Learn more about the music legend below.
Bryan Adams’ Biography
Even though the rest of the world wakes up every morning feeling thankful that a musician like Bryan Adams is with them, the first people to celebrate Bryan’s were his parents, Elizabeth Jane and Captain Conrad J. Adams on the 5th of November, 1959. He was born in Kingston, Ontario to parents who were diplomatic envoys to Canada in the 1950s. Adams first got a taste of traveling from one country to another through his parents, whom he followed as they moved from places like Lisbon, Portugal to Tel Aviv, Israel in diplomatic postings. He is the first born of his parents, with a sibling called Bruce. For his education, Adams attended Colonel By Secondary School in East Ottawa.
Bryan Adams impressive career is not only defined by things like the quality of his music and his popularity, but also its longevity. Following a relocation to North Vancouver by his family in 1974 at the age of 15, he began exploring the music scene in Vancouver. By the time he had spent two years in Vancouver, he was already a vocalist for the band, Sweeney Todd. Bryan continued to sing vocals for Sweeney Todd for a few years until he met Jim Vallance at the age of 18. The fateful meeting with Vallance in a random music store was the beginning of a life-defining partnership.
Through Vallance and the recording of a couple demo songs, Bryan Adams was signed to his first label, A&M records in 1978. The signing provided the platform for Bryan Adams to record and release his first album, Bryan Adams. The eponymously named album was released in 1980. Although it wasn’t the commercial and global success that Bryan would have liked, it improved his popularity in his home country and at the release of his third album, Cuts Like a Knife, he achieved international success.
Songs from that album made him an international music star, with the album achieving platinum status in the United States and Canada. Since he became an international music star, he has continued to release more albums, totaling 13 released albums and a scheduled 14th album due for release in 2019.
His songwriting skills, which has been the bedrock of his success as a musician has also made him into somewhat of movie song whisperer. Bryan Adams has lent his talents to write music for several films, with many of them going to become critical and commercial successes such as Never Let Go for ‘The Guardian’, Never Gonna Break My Faith for ‘Bobby’, and (Everything I Do) I Do It for You.
Bryan Adams is also a notable animal right activist, photographer, and philanthropist. He has 6 photography publications and has over 30 exhibitions to his name. Among his music awards which include Grammys and Juno awards, he has won photography awards such as Lead Awards and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.
Despite being a notable philanthropist, who has done incredible work through his foundation, The Bryan Adams Foundation where he has helped the advancement and spread of education across the world, with enough impact to be awarded the Order of British Columbia and Order of Canada, he still boasts of a massive net worth of $65 million.
Everything Else You Need to Know About Bryan Adams
He is an accomplished guitar, harmonica and piano player.
He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
Despite a slow start on a commercial level to his music career, Bryan Adams has been able to sell over 75 million records. A feat that makes him one of the best-selling musicians currently alive and in