Bret MichaelsSinger, songwriter, producer, director, actor – Bret Michaels has become one of the most recognized names in American rock. As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels has sold 25 million records and scored 15 chartbusting Top 40 singles including Talk Dirty to Me, Something to Believe In, Nothing But a Good Time, and the timeless #1 smash hit Every Rose Has its Thorn. And in the new millennium, Poison’s music has been featured in such big screen flicks as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Grandma’s Boy, and Deuce Bigelow-European Gigolo. They continue to be one of the industry’s top grossing concert attractions.
Setting his musical sights beyond Poison, Michaels released his debut solo album Songs of Life in 2003, followed by the rootsy, Americana flavored sophomore record Freedom of Sound in 2005. In 2008, he released Rock My World, featuring the smash hit Go That Far. Michaels has also produced and written material for other artists including Stevie Nicks. He wrote and produced the song Love’s a Hard Game to Play, which appeared on Nicks’ platinum album Timespace: The Best Of Stevie Nicks. More recently, Michaels could be heard providing background vocals along with Phil Vassar on the Kenny Chesney/Uncle Kracker duet single Last Night Again.
In the mid-90s, Michaels formed a film production company with actor Charlie Sheen. The partnership ultimately led to Michaels writing, directing, and starring in several films including A Letter From Death Row, which he executive co-produced with Sheen.
As an actor, Michaels has made regular appearances on such hit television shows as Yes Dear, Martial Law, and The Chris Isaak Show. He has also co-hosted Access Hollywood and been a judge on the wildly popular Nashville Star program. His Rock of Love television series is of the most successful in VH1’s history, which has led Michaels to embark on several other television projects, including the upcoming Bret Michaels Show.
Michaels has also recently played on Don’t Forget the Lyrics, winning $250,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Soon after, Michaels joined other celebrities as a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice. As a competitor under Donald Trump, Michaels and other celebrities work towards raising over $1 million for various charities throughout the season. Michaels’ charity is The American Diabetes Association and in just the first episode, Michaels brought in $100,000.
Not three weeks after Michaels was out of the hospital and in stable condition after suffering a “warning stroke,” Michaels flew to New York as a finalist in the finale of The Celebrity Apprentice, where Donald Trump announced him as the winner and 2010 Celebrity Apprentice. Michaels won $500,000 for his charity, The American Diabetes Association, in addition to the $250,000 donation from Snapple to help find a cure for diabetes.