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Michael Bolton
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Bolton performing in Barcelona, January 14, 2010
Background information
Birth name Michael Bolotin
Born February 26, 1953 (1953-02-26) (age 68)
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Genres Soft rock, pop rock, hard rock, blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1975 – present
Labels RCA, Columbia, Jive, Concord, Universal Motown
Associated acts Blackjack, The Lonely Island
Bolton at the 1990 Grammy Awards

Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), better known as Michael Bolton, is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter.

He began singing in hard rock, though he later went to the soft rock styles starting in the late 1980s.

Bolton's achievements include selling more than 75 million records, recording eight top 10 albums and two number-one singles on the Billboard charts, as well as winning six American Music Awards and two Grammy Awards.


Bolton has made a number of cameo appearances in feature films and television, usually appearing as himself, such as in Meet Wally Sparks and The Nanny. Although he has been rumored to have appeared as an extra in Dune as a "spice-eyed" drummer, Bolton has stated in interviews that it is not him.

In August 2006, Bolton was one of Lucy Lawless's duet partners on the Fox network's program Celebrity Duets, which Simon Cowell's Syco Productions Company produced for the network.

Bolton was a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars. He and his dance partner Chelsie Hightower were the second couple to be eliminated, on September 28, 2010.

In 2015, Bolton starred in a Pizza Hut commercial as himself singing Jingle Bells while the family opens up their pizza order.

Personal life

Bolton was married to Maureen McGuire, but they divorced. They are the parents of three adult daughters: Isa, Holly, and Taryn. Taryn gave birth to a daughter in October 2010.

Bolton was introduced to actress Nicollette Sheridan in 1992 by adult contemporary/jazz saxophonist Kenny G. Bolton and Sheridan dated until 1995, stopped dating, then reunited in 2005 and became engaged in March 2006; however, it was confirmed in August 2008 that they had broken off their engagement.

In January 2013, Bolton published an autobiography, The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life.

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