Friday, 18 August 2017 : Michael Bolton may be part of an upcoming reality talent show called Bolt Of Talent, but his own journey to success can hardly be called a bolt. It was more like a slow jog to stardom.
“I didn’t have a hit until I was 34! It took me 18 years!” the 64-year-old singer exclaimed during a recent phone interview. “So when young artistes tell me they’ve been trying really hard for five or six years, I look at them and say, ‘I’m sorry I’m not playing a violin for you; it took me 18 years!’”
With multiple Grammy awards, numerous hit albums and two No. 1 singles on the Billboard Top 100 charts under his belt, it’s safe to say that Bolton has come a long way since.
Born Michael Bolotin in 1953, Bolton recalls starting a blues band when he was 14, and signing his first record contract at 16. “I was still exploring until the mid-70s, when I was given an offer to put together a band,” he said.
That band was Blackjack, which featured Bolton on lead vocals alongside guitarist Bruce Kulick (who would later join KISS), Sandy Gennaro and Jimmy Haslip. Blackjack released two albums, Blackjack in 1979 and Worlds Apart in 1980, but disbanded soon after that second record.
“After that, I was signed by Columbia Records where I did two more rock albums. I would say I spent a good eight years of my aspiring years in rock and roll,” he said.
Then, one day, Bolton was offered a deal to reinvent his solo career, and decided to keep all the songs he used to write for other people for himself. These included How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, which was a hit for singer Laura Branigan, and I Found Someone, which Branigan also recorded, but was later turned into a bigger hit by Cher.
The result was his third solo album, 1987’s The Hunger, on which Bolton swapped the hard rock of his earlier albums for a more mainstream pop/soul singing style.
It proved to be a sucessful formula – with hits such as That’s What Love Is All About and his cover of Otis Redding classic (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, The Hunger putting him on the map as a solo artiste.
He then went one better with 1989’s Soul Provider, which has sold more than 12 million copies to date, and produced hits such as Soul Provider, Georgia On My Mind, How Can We Be Lovers?, and When I’m Back On My Feet Again.
Still, if there is one song that was instrumental in turning Bolton into a global superstar, it’s How Am I Supposed To Live Without You. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and even won him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (he later won another Grammy in the same category in 1991 for When A Man Loves A Woman).
“It was my first giant hit. It changed everything. You don’t realise the power of a massive global hit until you have one. It became popular in every region of the world,” he recalled.
“It really justified the decision to keep my hits for myself. I’ve continued writing for other people from time to time. But How Am I Supposed To Live Without You is, without a doubt, the most important song I ever wrote.”
Source : Internet