With an estimated net worth of $20 Million, Bret Michaels is a singer-songwriter who has established himself as a successful name in this competitive world. His journey to fame took it’s initial steps when he was performing as the lead singer in the band ‘Poison’.
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Biography & Wiki
Bret Michaels was born as Bret Michael Sychak on 15 March 1963. He was born in Butter, Pennsylvania, but later moved to grow up Mechanicsburg city of the same state. In Mechanicsburg itself, Bret completed his high school education.
At the tender age of 6, Bret Michaels found out that he suffers from type 1 Diabetes. However, that didn’t stop him from associating with a band that boats 50 million record sales worldwide, or from having a solo music career.
Bret’s musical career bloomed in his teenage years. Along with Bobby Dall who was a drummer and Rikki Rockett who was a bass guitarist, he formed a band in Mechanicsburg. Another member of the band left at the early stages and was replaced by Matt Smith. In 1983, the band was properly formed with the name ‘Paris’.
After playing in Pennsylvania for a while, the band moved to Los Angeles in 1983 where they even decided to undergo a name change. The band turned from ‘Paris’ to ‘Poison’ in that year. Eventually, even Matt Smith gave up on the band and left.
Poison’s struggle for fame and success continued as C.C. DeVille replaced Matt Smith.
The band finally founds its first hint of success when they signed a record deal with Enigma Studios.
Their first album, ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In’ took its time to find its audience, but after the video of the song ‘Talk Dirty to Me’ was released, Poison’s music finally sank into the hearts of the people. ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In’ turned platinum and Poison finally joined the big leagues.
Bret Michaels faced a personal setback when during of the band’s shows in Madison Square Garden, he collapsed on stage due to insulin shock. He was alleged of drug-overdose, but he cleared his name by publicly dressing that he had been diabetic since a very early age.
After Bret’s breakup with girlfriend Tracy Lewis, who claimed that Bret’s fame sabotaged their relationship, he came up with the heartbreak anthem of the 80s, ‘Every Rose Has its Thorn’. Even a blame game ensued among the past couple who blamed each other for being unfaithful.
The band’s next album, ‘Open Up and Say . . . Ahh!’, that came into the picture in 1988, proved to be an even greater hit than the first one. ‘Open Up and Say . . . Ahh!’ consisted two of the band’s career-defining tracks i.e. ‘Every Rose Has its Thorn’ and ‘Nothin’ But a Good Time’.
Poison’s third album, ‘Flesh and Blood’ that came out in 1990 also found resonance with the audience. Songs like ‘Unskinny Bop’ and ‘Something to Believe In’ consistently topped music listings and charts.
In his solo career, Bret Michaels released 24 singles, 2 EPs, 4 compilation albums and 5 studio albums.
Michaels even acted as a judge on the TV show Nashville Star.
Awards & Achievements
In the year 2008, Bret won the BMI Cable award for his work on the game-show, ‘Rock of Love with Bret Michaels’. Later in 2010, he was nominated for a teen choice award owing to his performance in ‘The Apprentice’. The Glam Metal band ‘Poison’ that Michaels founded has sold over 15 million records in the US itself. The band’s songs have made it to the Billboard music charts time and again.
Net Worth of Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels primarily owes his financial career to his career as an American singer-songwriter. However, his role as the judge of the talent hunt TV show, Nashville Star, is also a big contributor to his net worth of $20 Million. Some other appearances as a TV Star like the one on ‘Rock of Love’ are also a part of Bret Michael’s road to financial freedom.
Bret Michaels has asserted his influence in the realms of film, music, and television. Despite his personal struggles, he has continued to defy odds and acquire the taste of success. Bret’s fans highly anticipate his future releases!