Perhaps it was the beginnings of a friendship with drummer Jim Vallance in 1977, an unstoppable and enduring song writing partnership, which sealed his future success as a Rock Star. It just might have been his work with Live-aid and Amnesty International's "Conspiracy of Hope" tour. Then again, his stardom quite possibly could be chalked up to Adams' original show-stopping blend of edgy rock and chart topping melodic pop hits, which sealed his fate of stardom! Whatever the cause, ever since bursting onto the charts in 1980, few singers have remained as hip and happening on the global music scene as Bryan Adams.
"To the fans, and people of Canada, I want to tell you, you can realize your dreams in this country, I’m living proof." - Bryan Adams
His instantly recognizable sound - an infectious blend of do-or-die rock 'n' roll and perfect pop melodies - has propelled the Kingston, Ontario-born singer to produce 14 albums, over two dozen hit singles and record sales of over 70 million copies world-wide. Beginning with his first major hit "Straight from the Heart" in 1983 and including collaborated works with the likes of Tina Turner, Sting, Rod Stewart and Sporty Spice, Melanie Chisholm.
Bryan Adams has also written many songs for feature films for which he has received five Golden Globe and three Academy Award nominations from.
In 2008 Adams internationally released his eleventh album which he appropriately titled "11". The album debuted at number one in Canada (making it his first album to reach that position since "Waking Up the Neighbours" in 1991) and in 2010, Adams recorded and released his twelfth album, a live and acoustic compellation of his greatest hits title "Bare Bones".
What you may not know about Bryan Adams is that his charitable works are perhaps what cemented his career during the 1980's. He took part in the July 1985 Live-Aid concert, the Northern Lights "Tears Are Not Enough" for the Ethiopian Famine relief effort, Amnesty International's tour, the Prince's Trust Charity, the London Freedom Fest, which in 1988 paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and "the Wall in Berlin", the 1990 production by Roger Waters.
A tireless humanitarian, the award-winning Adams has lent his voice to numerous national and international causes, most notably, breast cancer. Made in Canada, a gorgeous book of photographs of Canadian women by Adams, is his most recent endeavour for this cause. One hundred percent of the book's royalties will benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
In 1990, Adams was made a member of the Order of Canada; and in 1998, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada for his positive influence on young people and his continued voluntary efforts through his involvement in fund-raising activities.
April 22nd, 2011 marked another number one hit for Adams; although this time it was in his personal life. Adams and Alicia Grimaldi, girlfriend and co-founder of his foundation, welcomed their daughter, Mirabella Bunny, into the world. In February 2013, the couple welcomed their second child.
A true Canadian through and through, Adams is "deeply honoured" to be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and we're deeply honoured to have him woven into our Canada's Walk of Fame family.
Born in Canada of English parents, the young Adams grew up in a variety of countries as the son of a diplomat mostly in Europe and the Middle East.
Most of Adams's philanthropic activity is dedicated to his foundation "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.
Adams has had his photographs published in British Vogue, L'uomo Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, Interview magazine and i-D, among others.
On July 2, 2009, Bryan Adams was one of the four musicians who were pictured on the second series of the Canadian Recording Artist Series to be issued be Canada Post stamps. The total estimated number of Bryan Adams stamps that were printed and distributed was a whopping one and a half million.
Bryan Adams was one of several well known Canadian musicians to visit Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his official residence for an informal “jam session”.