Over the course of his extraordinary career, Michael
Bolton-singer, songwriter, and social activist- has sold over 52 million
albums and singles worldwide, and has won two Grammys for best male
vocalist, and six American Music Awards among many other accolades.
In his new album, VINTAGE, Bolton turns to the pop
standards of the 1940's, 50's and 60's for his twenty-second album. With
such legendary songs as "All The Way", "A Kiss To Build A Dream
On", "The Very Thought of You", "When I Fall in Love"
and "Smile", Bolton brings to life the essence of pop music, and
opens the genius of such renowned songwriters as George and Ira Gershwin,
Sammy Cahn, and Marilyn & Alan Bergman & Michele Legrand to today's
A prolific songwriter, Bolton has penned songs for legendary artists
including Barbra Streisand, KISS, Kenny Rogers, Kenny G., Cher, Peabo
Bryson, Patti Labelle, among many others. He has also co-written songs with
a host of gifted songwriters including Bob Dylan, BabyFace and Diane Warren,
and performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Patti
Labelle, Ray Charles, Percy Sledge, Wynonna Judd, and BB King.
In 1993, he established the Michael Bolton Foundation, now the Michael
Bolton Charities, Inc (MBC), to provide assistance, education and shelter to
children and women at risk from poverty, as well as physical, emotional and
sexual abuse. In partnership with Connecticut Governor John Rowland, the MBC
created "Safe Space," a danger-free environment for youths, to foster
self-esteem, leadership skills, job training, and awareness of social
issues. Since its inception, MBC has granted well over $3.7 million in
funding to local and national charities.
Bolton also serves as the Honorary Chairman of Prevent Child Abuse America,
National Chairman for This Close for Cancer Research and Board Member for
the National Mentoring Partnership and the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
Most recently, Bolton joined forces with Lifetime Television, Verizon
Wireless and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the
national leading advocacy group dedicated to the empowerment of battered
women and their children. On behalf of NCADV, Bolton along with Lifetime,
Verizon Wireless and many others participated in a weeklong lobbying effort
in March 2003, urging legislation to provide more assistance-including
affordable housing options-for victims of domestic violence.
Among the awards Bolton has received are the Lewis Hine Award by
the National Child Labor Committee, the Martin Luther King Award by
the Congress of Racial Equality and the prestigious Ellis Island Medal
of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations for his
philanthropic work. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also recently
recognized Bolton with a star on the legendary "Walk of Fame" for his
musical and charitable contributions.
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