Jon Bon Jovi is a renowned singer, songwriter and actor, who has sold over 120 million records worldwide. He has performed more than 2,700 live shows and has recorded 14 studio albums, five compilations and three live albums.
His lifelong commitment to music and his philanthropic activities have earned him several awards. He is an American Music Award recipient and has been inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
A tall and handsome blond, he is an exemplary family man who has never compromising his principles. He is married to Dorothea Hurley and they have four children together, including two sons and a daughter.
He is an alumnus of Princeton University and has won numerous awards for his contributions to music, history, literature, public service, the eradication of homelessness and more. He also founded the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to aid the less fortunate.
His career as a songwriter dates back to his early days in Los Angeles. He was influenced by artists such as Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. He has also written songs for other artists, including Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
As a solo artist, Bon Jovi has released seven albums, most notably the 1997 album Destination Anywhere. The album was a huge success and featured a short movie starring him.
During the 1990s, Bon Jovi’s style changed slightly and became more diverse with a stronger focus on melody and ballads. This was a big shift from their earlier, glam metal style.
In this way, the band’s sound shifted from an arena rock anthem to something that was more accessible and a little more mature. They remained a top-selling band, but their fans began to demand less of the hard, aggressive guitars that had made them so successful in the past.
They incorporated elements of soft rock and country into their music, which was a welcome change for fans. This allowed the band to maintain their popularity in the 21st century.
Their debut single, “Runaway,” got the group noticed by local radio stations. It became a big hit and helped spark the interest of record executives at Mercury. They soon signed with the label, and it was then that Jon Bon Jovi recruited guitarist Alec John Such, bassist Tico Torres and drummer Richie Sambora to join the group.
These musicians were crucial to the success of the group, and they would eventually become one of the most popular rock bands in the world. Their harmonies and strong songwriting were key to their success.
The band released their first album in 1984 and went on to tour with acts such as.38 Special, Ted Nugent and Eddie Money. They were also successful in the recording studio, writing songs for artists such as Def Leppard and Styx.
When he was young, Jon had a cousin who owned a recording studio. He started playing on his cousin’s equipment, and soon he was recording with full-band backing.
He was only 17 years old when he released his first single, “Runaway.” It was a big hit on local rock radio and he soon had a big fan following.