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.
Adams' career begins with his first major hit "Straight from the Heart" in 1983, and spans collaborated works with the likes of Tina Turner, Sting, Rod Stewart and Melanie Chisholm. He has also written many songs for feature films, for which he has received five Golden Globe and three Academy Award nominations.
In 2008, Adams 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, Bare Bones, a live acoustic compellation of his greatest hits.
A tireless humanitarian, the award-winning Adams has lent his voice to numerous national and international causes. He took part in the 1985 Live Aid concert. In '86, he participated in the two-week Amnesty International "A Conspiracy of Hope" tour alongside Sting, U2 and Peter Gabriel. That same year, he performed at The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert in Wembley Arena, followed by a performance at the 5th Annual Prince's Trust Rock Gala in 1987. In 1988, Adams performed at the Nelson Mandela birthday party concert at Wembley Stadium. In 1990, he helped commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall for Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall in Berlin, Germany. The proceeds from two of Adams' books of photography, Made in Canada and American Women, went to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2005, he joined the CBC benefit concert in Toronto for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. In 2006, he founded The Bryan Adams Foundation, which provides financial grants to projects aimed at improving the lives of the less fortunate around the world.
In 1990, Adams was made a member of the Order of Canada. 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.
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.
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 by 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 former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at his official residence for an informal “jam session”.