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 12 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 and which he has received five Golden Globe and three Academy Award nominations from 1992 to 2007.
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”.