Bret Michaels Bio, Age, Family, Music, Records, Band and Net Worth
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Who is Bret Michaels?
Bret Michaels is an American singer-songwriter, musician, producer, and actor. He gained fame as the frontman of rock band Poison who have sold well over 45 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted 10 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and a number-one single, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”.
Besides his career as frontman, he has several solo albums to his credit, including the soundtrack album to the 1998 film A Letter from Death Row in which Michaels starred, wrote, and directed, and a rock album, Songs of Life, in 2003. Michaels has appeared in several films and TV shows, including as a judge on the talent show Nashville Star which led to his country-influenced rock album Freedom of Sound in 2005. He starred in the hit VH1 reality show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and its sequels, which inspired his successful solo album Rock My World.
Bret Michaels’s Career
Michaels began playing the guitar as a teenager, forming a band with drummer Rikki Rockett, bass player Bobby Dall, and guitarist David Besselman. Shortly thereafter, Besselman left the band due to creative differences and in 1983 the band hired Matt Smith to form a new band named Paris in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. In early 1984 the band tired of playing the Pennsylvania bar circuit changed their name to Poison and moved west to Los Angeles to seek fame in the Sunset Boulevard scene.
That same year, Michaels met 16-year-old Tracy Lewis, who would become both his girlfriend and the muse for one of his most memorable songs. Eventually, Matt Smith tired of the band’s struggle to find fame and returned home. He was replaced by C.C. DeVille, who would become both Michaels’ friend and a source of conflict.
Local publicity about the band eventually led to a record deal with Enigma Records, and their first album, Look What the Cat Dragged In. It did not see great success until 1987, when Michaels convinced the band to film a video for their song, “Talk Dirty to Me”. The album went platinum, and the band became famous. In March of that year, Poison headlined a show at Madison Square Garden. Michaels took his insulin injection before the show but was so nervous about performing that he neglected to eat. Several songs into Poison’s set, Michaels went into insulin shock and collapsed onstage.
When subsequent media reports alleged that Michaels collapsed due to a drug overdose, Michaels publicly announced that he was a diabetic. Michaels served as a judge on the 2005 season of the reality television singing competition Nashville Star and released a country-rock album in the same year called Freedom of Sound. The album features the singles “Right Now, Right Here”, “Open Road” which Michaels performed live on the show, and the hit single “All I Ever Needed” (featuring Jessica Andrews) which appeared on Billboard’s “Hot Country Songs” chart, with its best position being number 45. The song also featured a music video that appeared on Billboard’s “Hot Videoclip Tracks” chart in 2008.
In 2010, Michaels released a new single called “Nothing to Lose” from his upcoming new studio album, Custom Built. The song featured the guest vocals of Miley Cyrus and was the most added song to radio the week of its release, topping both Bon Jovi and Nickelback. In April 2010, he released the second single “Lie to Me” and in May 2010 released the third single, “Wasted Time”.
On December 31, 2011, Michaels celebrated the new year with a New Year’s Eve concert from the “Get Your Rock On” solo tour. The concert took place in Springfield, IL at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. To make the night complete, this New Year’s Eve bash will be featured and well documented in the music video for the new single “Get Your Rock On” from Bret’s upcoming new album. The single “Get Your Rock On (featuring Phil Collen & Sal Costa)” was released on January 9, 2012.
On April 7, 2015, Michaels released a new song titled “Girls on Bars”, making it the second year in a row he released a new song during the month of April. The song was co-written with Grammy award-winning songwriter of the year, Luke Laird. “Girls on Bars” boasted the highest number of views of any debut single ever on CMT.
On April 9, 2015, Michaels announced his new solo album titled True Grit. The album will feature 21 new and classic hits. The compilation was released digitally on May 5, 2015, and Michaels released the video for the new single Girls On Bars on May 12. The album is on physical release as a cd exclusively via his website.
In May 2017, Bret Michaels released a brand-new single which is a heartfelt tribute to his youngest daughter, Jorja Bleu, in honor of her 12th birthday. The song titled “Jorja Bleu” features a music video that was posted on Michaels’ official YouTube channel and is a sequel to his 2003 single “Raine” which is titled after his oldest daughter.
In 2019, Michaels released an official music video for his new single “Unbroken”, which was co-written with his 13-year old daughter, Jorja Bleu. The song is about mental and physical strength over adversity.
Television and film appearances
Michaels and actor Charlie Sheen established a film production company, Sheen/Michaels Entertainment, which produced the movie A Letter from Death Row (1998), in which Michaels wrote, directed, and starred, and for which he released a soundtrack album. They also produced No Code of Conduct that same year, which Michaels also directed and acted in. Their company also produced the feature film Free Money, starring Marlon Brando and MSira Sorvino, and the surfer movie In God’s Hands in which Michaels also had a small acting role.
Michaels stars in a series named Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, which depicts his life at home with his daughters and their mother. Filming of the series began before Michaels’ health troubles, and filming was suspended after his hospitalization. VH1 aired a preview of the series on May 31, 2010, and the series aired in fall 2010. Michaels hosted the Miss Universe 2010 pageant along with Natalie Morales on August 23, 2010. In 2020, Michaels competed as the Banana on the third season of The Masked Singer. He ended up in seventh place on April 22, 2020.
How Old is Bret Michaels?
Michaels was born on March 15, 1963, in Butler, Pennsylvania. He is currently 58 years old.
Bret Michaels‘s Family
Who are Bret Michaels’s parents?
Michael’s parents are Wally and Marjorie Sychak, north of Pittsburgh in the city of Butler, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Does Bret Michaels have siblings?
Michaels has two sisters, Michelle and Nicole.
Bret Michaels‘s Education
Michaels attended Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School.
Bret Michaels‘s wife
While filming the finale of his reality show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, Michaels proposed to Kristi Lynn Gibson, his on-again, off-again companion of 16 years. In July 2012, he announced that he and Gibson had separated.
Bret Michaels‘s Children – Kids
Michaels has two daughters together, Raine Elizabeth (b. May 20, 2000) and Jorja Bleu (b. May 5, 2005).
Bret Michaels’s Net Worth
Michaels has an estimated net worth of $16 milion.
Michaels stands at a height of 5 ft 10 in tall.