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Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels live with Poison on July 11, 2008 at the Moondance Jam
Background information
Birth name Bret Michael Sychak
Born March 15, 1963 (1963-03-15) (age 47)[1]
Origin Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Glam metal
Hard rock
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion
Years active 1983–present
Labels Capitol Records
Cyanide Music Inc.
VH1 Classic Records
Associated acts Poison, Jessica Andrews
Bret Michaels (born Bret Michael Sychak, March 15, 1963) is an American singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the glam metal band Poison. Besides his career as lead singer, he has several solo albums to his credit, as well as one chart single. He has also starred in the VH1 reality show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and its sequels, and as a judge on the talent show Nashville Star. He is a contestant on NBC's reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3.


Music career

Michaels's music career began with the creation of the band Paris, in Harrisburg, PA in 1983. After several lineup changes his band was renamed Poison, and moved to Los Angeles later that same year. Poison became one of the biggest glam metal bands in the world and also recording several hit albums such as the multi-platinum selling, Open Up and Say...Ahh!.
Michaels recorded his first solo album in 1998 A Letter from Death Row the soundtrack to the same-titled movie he directed, wrote, and starred in. .In 2003, he released the studio album Songs of Life which featured the singles "Raine" and "Bittersweet". Michaels also served as a judge during the 2005 season of reality television singing competition Nashville Star and released a country rock album in the same year called Freedom of Sound which featured the singles "Right Now, Right Here", "Open Road" and the hit single "All I Ever Needed" (featuring Jessica Andrews).^ He'd even called back to A.J.'s number to make sure that the call had really come from there and the same dispassionate voice had simply responded: "the clock's ticking."

Michaels released a best of album called Rock My World in June 2008 which featured music from his reality television series Rock of Love including the new singles "Go That Far" (Rock of Love theme), "Fallen" and "Start Again", the first 2 also featuring music videos with clips from the series and the album charted at #40 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Independent Albums.[2] In December 2008 Bret released a single version of "Driven" (rock mix) which also featured a music video with preview clips for Rock of Love Bus and he also re released the "Fallen" single with acoustic, piano and demo versions included.[3]
.Michaels released a 30-minute DVD from (Time Life) in 2008 called "Hard & Heavy confidential featuring Bret Michaels" which included acoustic versions of "All I Ever Needed", "Driven", "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Something to Believe In", it also included in depth interviews.^ "So, you're not sure," Rick said, finding it hard to believe that A.J.'s life was dependent on some obscure reference from a children's book.

[4] The DVD was included in the Hard & Heavy cd/dvd collection from (Time Life) advertised on TV by Bret Michaels. The same 4 acoustic performances were also released on CD which was titled "Bret Michaels Acoustic Sessions."[5]
In 2010 Bret Michaels released a new single called "Nothing to Lose" from his upcoming new studio album titled "Custom Built". The song featured the guest vocals of Miley Cyrus. [6]

Other ventures

Bret Michaels singing "Talk Dirty to Me" in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Michaels and actor Charlie Sheen established a film production company, Sheen/Michaels Entertainment, which produced the movie A Letter from Death Row (1998), which Michaels wrote, directed and starred in, and for which he released a soundtrack album.[citation needed] They also produced No Code of Conduct in the same year, which Bret Michaels also directed. Their company also produced the feature film Free Money, starring Marlon Brando and Mira Sorvino.[citation needed] and the surfer movie In God's Hands.
Michaels appeared in an episode of the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear.[7]
The cable-TV network VH1 announced on February 14, 2007 that Michaels would star as the bachelor in the reality television dating-competition series Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.[8][9] Jes Rickleff was the winner of the series, however, she also had a boyfriend outside the show[citation needed] and claimed that the casting directors chose her off of the street.[citation needed] She announced during the reunion show that she and Michaels were not right for each other and told Heather he was all hers and that he should have chosen the runner up. The first season was released on DVD in early 2008.
Michaels went on to star in the second season of Rock of Love, which premiered on January 13, 2008. On April 13, 2008, Michaels selected Ambre Lake as his "Rock of Love". Ambre and Michaels have since broken up,[citation needed] and Rock of Love 3 premiered on January 4, 2009.
On May 1, 2008, Michaels appeared on a special celebrity edition of Don't Forget the Lyrics!, where he raised $200,000 to donate to charity.[10]
Bret Michaels has 19 top hits and he has 31 nominated songs.[citation needed] Including the two songs on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Bret Michaels has also been seen touring with the USO in Kuwait in 2007 for soldiers deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Michaels was also portrayed in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, which features him singing "Go That Far" and Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me".

Personal life

Michaels was born in Butler, Pennsylvania.[1] He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of six (as Michaels later attested in the Behind the Music special, backstage photos of the singer injecting insulin led many to think that he was a heroin addict). When he was a child, his family relocated to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he attended Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School.
Bret Michaels dated and later became engaged to actress and singer Susie Hatton. Michaels and Hatton dated from 1988 to 1993.[citation needed] Bret produced Hatton's debut album Body and Soul in 1991. Susie Hatton is featured in Poison's "Fallen Angel" music video released in 1988.[citation needed] Bret has two daughters with Kristi Lynn Gibson whom he dated from 1994 to 2005. Raine Elizabeth Sychak was born on May 20, 2000, and Jorja Bleu Sychak was born May 5, 2005. As of 2005, Michaels and Gibson are separated and share custody of their children.[11]
Michaels had a short but notorious relationship with Pamela Anderson. An abridged version of an explicit sex tape the couple made appeared on the Internet[12] and was released on DVD on September 7, 2005, by Metro Studios. Michaels later stopped the sexually explicit tape from being distributed, although the "teaser" version of it is still widely available on the Internet.[citation needed]
Michaels is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League and the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.[13] He has a personalized guitar bearing the team's logo, and played the national anthem at Three Rivers Stadium.[14] His favorite player was Jack Lambert, and Michaels has been a member of fan club "Lambert's Lunatics."[15]
On June 7, 2009, Michaels suffered a fractured nose and cut lip at the Tony Awards show after performing Poison's song "Nothin' but a Good Time" with the cast of the musical "Rock of Ages." When Michaels turned to exit the stage, a descending piece of the set hit him in the head before he could duck under it, knocking him on his back.[16]

Rock of Love

Michaels has been the subject of a VH1 reality dating series, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, which aired for three seasons.


For a discography as a member of Poison, see Poison discography.


Year Album details Chart Positions
US Rock
1998 A Letter from Death Row
  • Released: August 25, 1998
  • Label: Ugl Records
2001 Ballads, Blues & Stories
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Poor Boy Records
2003 Songs of Life
  • Released: April 22, 2003
  • Label: Poor Boy Records
2005 Freedom of Sound
  • Released: January 1, 2005
  • Label: Poor Boy Records
2008 Rock My World 40 4 4
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released


Year Album
2000 Country Demos
2008 Bret Michaels: Acoustic Sessions


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1998 "Party Rock Band" (with C.C. DeVille) A Letter from Death Row
2003 "Raine" Songs of Life
2004 "All I Ever Needed" (with Jessica Andrews) 45 Freedom of Sound
"Right Now, Right Here"
2005 "Open Road"
2007 "Go That Far" Rock My World
2008 "Start Again"
"Driven" (rock mix)
2010 "Nothing to Lose" (with Miley Cyrus) TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart




  1. ^ a b "Bret Michaels". Retrieved April 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Billboard 200 and Top Independent Albums chart". Retrieved April 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ "2008 digital singles". 
  4. ^ "Time Life Video: Hard & Heavy confidential featuring Bret Michaels". 
  5. ^ "Bret Michaels Acoustic Sessions: Music Review". 
  6. ^ Nothin' To Lose Songfacts
  7. ^ Yes, Dear episode "Greg's Big Day" at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ " News". 
  9. ^ "VH1 Rock of Love". December 6, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Poison". News. 
  11. ^ "ohnotheydidnt: After Bret Michaels picked Ambre Lake". 
  12. ^ "Celebrity sex tapes". WCBS-TV. CBS Broadcasting, Inc.. 
  13. ^ "Bret Michaels". "It was also said that Bret could be considered the front man for the Steelers for his devotion and love for the team." 
  14. ^ "Bret Michaels". "Bret was asked to sing the national anthem at one of the last Steelers games held at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium before it was demolished" 
  15. ^ Linda von Wartburg (September 22, 2008). "Bret Michaels, Diabetic Lead Singer of". Diabetes Health. "When Bret was a kid, his most influential role model was a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker by the name of Jack Lambert. Says Bret, "He was one of these people that just had this ferocious go-for-it attitude. And that's the attitude that helped to develop my thinking. When they would be losing games, you could just see him come on the field and motivate that team to win. Finding a way. You're not going to win every game, you're not going to have a platinum record every time you put a song out, but it's the going for it that is really the pot of gold. As I've gone along, as I've experienced life, I've learned that it's the going after it that's the really awesome thing." 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Rock Of Love 2". VH1 Blog. 

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Bret Michaels
Birth name Bret Michael Sychak
Born March 15, 1963 (1963-03-15) (age 47)[1]
Origin Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Glam metal
Hard rock
Country rock
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984-Present
Labels Capitol Records
Cyanide Music Inc.
Associated acts Poison

Bret Michael Sychak[1], better known as Bret Michaels, (born March 15, 1963 in Butler, Pennsylvania), is the lead singer of the glam metal band Poison. He also starred on VH1's reality television program Rock of Love 2.[2] He is also a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.[3]


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