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Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels live with Poison on July 11, 2008 at the Moondance Jam
Background information
Birth nameBret Michael Sychak
BornFriday (1963-03-15) March 15, 1963 (age 56) [1]
Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Glam metal, hard rock, country rock, country
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, reality television personality
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active1983–present
Labels Capitol, Cyanide Music Inc., VH1 Classic
Associated acts Poison, Jessica Andrews, Loretta Lynn

Bret Michael Sychak (born Friday, March 15, 1963), professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He gained fame as the lead singer of the glam metal band Poison who have sold over 40 million records worldwide [2] and 15 million records in the United States alone. [3] The band has also charted 10 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and a number-one single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". [4]

Glam metal is a subgenre of heavy metal, which features pop-influenced hooks and guitar riffs, and borrows heavily from the fashion and image of 1970s glam rock.

Poison (American band) American glam metal band

Poison is an American rock band which achieved commercial success in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s and has sold over 45 million records. The band has charted ten singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". The band's breakthrough debut album, the multi-platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In, was released in 1986, followed by Open Up and Say... Ahh!, which was certified 5× platinum in the US. Their third consecutive multi-platinum selling album was Flesh & Blood.

In the music industry, the top 40 is the current, 40 most-popular songs in a particular genre. It is the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music. Record charts have traditionally consisted of a total of 40 songs. "Top 40" or "contemporary hit radio" is also a radio format. Frequent variants of the Top 40 are the Top 10, Top 20, Top 30, Top 50, Top 75, Top 100 and Top 200.


Besides his career as lead singer, he has several solo albums to his credit, including the soundtrack album to the movie A Letter from Death Row in which Michaels starred, wrote and directed in 1998, and a Poison-style rock album, Songs of Life , in 2003. Michaels has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including as a judge on the talent show Nashville Star which led to his country influenced rock album Freedom of Sound in 2005. He starred in the hit VH1 reality show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and its sequels, which inspired his successful solo album Rock My World . He was also the winning contestant on NBC's reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3 and also featured in his own reality docu-series Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It , which inspired his highest charting album as a solo artist, Custom Built , reaching No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock list. He is also known for hosting on the Travel Channel. In 2006, Hit Parader ranked Michaels at #40 on their list of greatest Heavy metal singers of all-time. [5]

<i>A Letter from Death Row</i> (album) 1998 soundtrack album by Bret Michaels

A Letter from Death Row is the debut solo album by Bret Michaels, the lead singer of the rock band Poison. The album was released August 25, 1998, and is a soundtrack to the movie A Letter from Death Row which Bret Michaels wrote, directed and starred in. Max T. Barnes worked as an engineer on the project which also featured guest musicians including Poison band members.

<i>A Letter from Death Row</i> (film) 1998 film by Bret Michaels

A Letter From Death Row is a 1998 psychological thriller film directed by Marvin Baker and Bret Michaels, lead singer of the hard rock band Poison. Bret Michaels also wrote the film and starred in it. The film was released by Sheen Michaels Entertainment, a company created by Bret Michaels and actor Charlie Sheen. The film was produced by Shane Stanley and also stars Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen, and Kristi Gibson, who was Michaels' girlfriend at the time.

<i>Songs of Life</i> (Bret Michaels album) 2003 studio album by Bret Michaels

Songs of Life is the second solo studio album by Bret Michaels, lead singer of the rock band Poison. The album was released April 22, 2003 and coincides with the same date of his two-year-old daughter Raine's birthday. The album is written and produced by Bret Michaels, Cliff Calabro and co-produced by Jeremy Rubolino. The music is inspired by events from Bret Michael's life.

Early life

Michaels was born Bret Michael Sychak on Friday, March 15, 1963, to Wally and Marjorie Sychak, north of Pittsburgh in the city of Butler, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. [1] He attended Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School. He has two sisters, Michelle and Nicole. [6] He claims that his parents had originally intended for him to have the middle name "Maverick", after the title character in the popular James Garner TV Western series Maverick . [7] He is of Carpatho-Rusyn (from his paternal grandfather), Irish, English, German, and Swiss descent. [8] Bret's great-uncle Nick Sychak fought at Omaha Beach in the Invasion of Normandy and was killed in action in France in 1944. [9]

Pittsburgh City in western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is a city in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. A population of about 301,048 residents live within the city limits, making it the 66th-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,324,743 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, and the 27th-largest in the U.S.

Butler, Pennsylvania City in Pennsylvania, United States

Butler is a city and the county seat of Butler County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is located 35 miles (56 km) north of Pittsburgh and part of the Greater Pittsburgh Region. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,757. Butler was named the 7th best small town in America by Smithsonian magazine in May 2012.

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Borough in Pennsylvania, United States

Mechanicsburg is a borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States, 8 miles (13 km) west of Harrisburg. It is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 8,981.

At the age of 6, Michaels fell ill, and during a three-week stay in the hospital, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. [10]

Type 1 diabetes Form of diabetes mellitus

Type 1 diabetes (T1D), also known as juvenile diabetes, is a form of diabetes in which very little or no insulin is produced by the pancreas. Before treatment this results in high blood sugar levels in the body. The classic symptoms are frequent urination, increased thirst, increased hunger, and weight loss. Additional symptoms may include blurry vision, tiredness, and poor wound healing. Symptoms typically develop over a short period of time.

Music career

Michaels began playing the guitar as a teenager, forming a band with drummer Rikki Rockett, bass player Bobby Dall and guitarist David Besselman. Shortly thereafter, Besselman left the band due to creative differences and in 1983 the band hired Matt Smith to form a new band named Paris in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. In early 1984 the band tired of playing the Pennsylvania bar circuit, changed their name to Poison [10] and moved west to Los Angeles to seek fame in the Sunset Boulevard scene. That same year, Michaels met 16-year-old Tracy Lewis, who would become both his girlfriend and the muse for one of his most memorable songs. Eventually, Matt Smith tired of the band's struggle to find fame and returned home. He was replaced by C.C. DeVille, who would become both Michaels' friend and a source of conflict. [10]

Rikki Rockett American musician

Richard Allan Ream, better known by the stage name Rikki Rockett, is an American drummer for glam metal band Poison. The band has sold more than 45 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States alone.

Bobby Dall American musician

Robert Harry Kuykendall, also known as Bobby Dall, is an American musician best known as the bassist for the multi-platinum selling hard rock band Poison. The band has sold over 45 million records worldwide and has sold 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn".

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California; the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City; and the third-most populous city in North America, after Mexico City and New York City. With an estimated population of nearly four million people, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean-like climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis.


Local publicity about the band eventually led to a record deal with Enigma Records, and their first album, Look What the Cat Dragged In . It did not see great success until 1987, when Michaels convinced the band to film a video for their song, "Talk Dirty to Me". The album went platinum, and the band became famous. [11] In March of that year, Poison headlined a show at Madison Square Garden. Michaels took his insulin injection before the show but was so nervous about performing that he neglected to eat. Several songs into Poison's set, Michaels went into insulin shock and collapsed onstage. When subsequent media reports alleged that Michaels collapsed due to a drug overdose, Michaels publicly announced that he was a diabetic. [10]

Enigma Records US record label; rock and alternative American record label in the 1980s

Enigma Records was a popular rock and alternative American record label in the 1980s.

<i>Look What the Cat Dragged In</i> 1986 studio album by Poison

Look What the Cat Dragged In is the debut studio album by American hair metal band Poison, released on August 2, 1986 through Enigma Records. Though not a success at first, it steadily built momentum and peaked at #3 on the US Billboard 200 on 23 May 1987. The album spawned four singles, three of them charting successfully: "Talk Dirty to Me", "I Want Action", "I Won't Forget You" and "Cry Tough". It serves as a prime example of the glam metal genre both musically and image-wise. The album ultimately has sold four million copies worldwide, one of their best-selling albums.

Madison Square Garden Multi-purpose indoor arena in New York City, New York, United States

Madison Square Garden, colloquially known as The Garden or in initials as MSG, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in New York City. Located in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station. It is the fourth venue to bear the name "Madison Square Garden"; the first two were located on Madison Square, on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, with the third Madison Square Garden (1925) further uptown at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street.

1987 also saw the dissolution of his relationship with Lewis, who felt that fame had changed him. Though Michaels contends that Lewis was unfaithful to him, Lewis (now Lewis Crosby) insists that it was Michaels who was unfaithful. Michaels was inspired by the breakup to write "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", explaining that the rose represented his fame and success, whereas the loss of his relationship represented the thorn. The song was released as a power ballad single in December 1988, and is regarded as "the ultimate '80s anthem about heartbreak". [10]

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Poison became one of the biggest glam metal bands in the world, recording their second album, the multi-platinum selling Open Up and Say... Ahh! , and their third album, the multi-platinum selling Flesh & Blood . However, their lives were characterized by the escalating tension between Michaels and DeVille that derived from their mutual drug use, which came to a head during their 1990/91 "Flesh and Blood" world tour. Also cited is the spectacle of DeVille's behavior during the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. After getting into a fistfight with Michaels, DeVille left the band, and descended further into addiction. Poison went on with new guitarist Richie Kotzen recording the Gold album Native Tongue and then with guitarist Blues Saraceno recording the album Crack a Smile... and More! . In the mid-1990s, after a night of partying, Michaels came close to dying when he crashed his Ferrari into a telephone pole. He incurred serious injury, including broken ribs, a disfigured nose and lost teeth. [10] In 1999, reunited with original guitarist C.C. Deville, Poison went on a successful greatest hits reunion tour. In the next decade, Bret Michaels would split his time between Poison and a successful solo career.


Michaels recorded his first solo album in 1998 titled A Letter from Death Row which was the soundtrack to the same-titled movie he directed, wrote, and starred in. In 2000 Michaels released a country demos ep and also released the album "Show Me Your Hits" which featured re-recorded Poison classics, the album featured Michaels performing Poison hits in a new way and also featured other artists with Michaels on selected tracks. In 2001 Michaels released a unique storytellers CD titled Ballads, Blues & Stories which featured Poison and Michaels solo tracks along with recorded stories about each song.

In 2003, Michaels released a brand new studio album Songs of Life which featured the singles "Raine" (dedicated to his daughter) and "Bittersweet". Michaels also released his first solo music video for the single "Raine" which was directed by award-winning director Shane Stanley. [12] The album also featured a music video for "Menace to Society" and a 9/11 tribute "One More Day". [13]

Michaels served as a judge on the 2005 season of the reality television singing competition Nashville Star and released a country rock album in the same year called Freedom of Sound . The album features the singles "Right Now, Right Here", [14] "Open Road" which Michaels performed live on the show [15] and the hit single "All I Ever Needed" (featuring Jessica Andrews) which appeared on Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" chart, with its best position being number 45. [16] The song also featured a music video which appeared on Billboard's "Hot Videoclip Tracks" chart in 2008. [17]

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 two singles also featuring music videos with clips from the series. The album charted at No. 40 on the Billboard 200, No. 4 on the Top Independent Albums, No. 4 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and No. 16 on the Top Rock Albums chart. [18] In December 2008, Michaels released a single version of "Driven" (rock mix) which also featured a music video with preview clips for the third season of Rock of Love, titled Rock of Love Bus . Michaels also re released the "Fallen" single with acoustic, piano and demo versions included. [19]

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. [20] The DVD was included in the Hard & Heavy CD/DVD collection from (Time Life) advertised on TV by Bret Michaels. The same four acoustic performances were also released on CD titled "Bret Michaels Acoustic Sessions". [21]


Michaels performs at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa, NY. Bret Michaels performs in Massapequa, NY in 2014.jpg
Michaels performs at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa, NY.

In 2010, Michaels released a new single called "Nothing to Lose" from his upcoming new studio album, Custom Built . The song featured the guest vocals of Miley Cyrus and was the most added song to radio the week of its release, topping both Bon Jovi and Nickelback. [22] In April 2010, he released the second single "Lie to Me" and in May 2010 released the third single, "Wasted Time".

Michaels performed on the American Idol season 9 finale on May 26 against his doctor's recommendation. Michaels also performed a duet of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" with Miley Cyrus on the June 18, 2010 episode Good Morning America . [23]

On July 6, 2010, Michaels released his new album Custom Built . The album became Michaels highest charting solo album to date peaking at No. 1 on both the Top Independent Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums chart and also charting at No. 4 on the Top Rock Albums and No. 14 on the Billboard 200. [24]

On August 4, 2010, Michaels appeared in the fifth season of America's Got Talent and performed "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", accompanying himself on acoustic folk guitar.

Despite not being released as a single, a music video was produced for "Riding Against the Wind" a song from Michaels' latest album "Custom Built" that also doubles as the theme song for his new VH1 reality show Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It . The music video was released on October 7, 2010, exclusively at Billboard's and contains footage from the series, which officially premieres on VH1 on October 18, 2010. [25] Michaels also released a music video for the cover of Sublime's song "What I Got", which is the fourth single from "Custom Built". The music video is a special tribute to his fans and was released on Thanksgiving. [26]

In early 2011 Michaels recorded a brand new song "Hit and Roll" for Top Gear (U.S. TV series) [27] which also included a music video featured on the series and the promo commercials. [28]

On December 31, 2011, Michaels celebrated the new year with a New Year’s Eve concert from the 'Get Your Rock On' Solo tour. The concert took place in Springfield, IL at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. To make the night complete, this New Year's Eve bash will be featured and well documented in the music video for the new single "Get Your Rock On" from Bret's upcoming new album. [29] The single "Get Your Rock On (featuring Phil Collen & Sal Costa)" was released January 9, 2012.

In conjunction with his new single Michaels also released an alternate version titled "Get Your Ride On (featuring Phil Collen)" on January 10, 2012. The song will also Serve as Monster Energy AMA Supercross Opener all season on Speed with an exclusive video that premiered on SPEED TV January 7, 2012. The video will be customized for each race throughout the season. [30]

Michaels toured with Def Leppard and Lita Ford in 2012. [31] In August 2012 Michaels released a new single "They Don't Make An App For That (The App Song)" through Michaels official Bret Michaels App. The song is a fun, tongue-in-cheek country crossover tune that takes on today’s social media culture. "The App song" features a teaser video. [32]

In January 2013, Michaels released a new single "You Know You Want It (Featuring Peter Keys)" from his upcoming new album titled "Jammin' With Friends". The new album features collaborations with some of the top artists and players in music from a variety of genres and generations. [33] The album was released June 25, 2013 and charted at #13 on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart, #23 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #29 on the Top Rock Albums chart and #80 on The Billboard 200. [34]

On April 1, 2014, Michaels released his new solo single, "A Beautiful Soul", with a music video being released on April 2. Michaels announced that he will perform the track live on the April 2 edition of "Oprah's Lifeclass" which will be taped live on Oprah's website. [35] [36]


On April 7, 2015, Michaels released a new song titled "Girls On Bars", making it the second year in a row he released a new song during the month of April. The song was co written with Grammy award-winning songwriter of the year, Luke Laird. [37] "Girls on Bars” boasted the highest number of views of any debut single ever on CMT. [22]

On April 9, 2015 Michaels announced his new solo album titled True Grit . The album will feature 21 new and classic hits. The compilation was released digitally May 5, 2015 and Michaels released the video for the new single Girls On Bars on May 12. [38] The album is on physical release as a cd exclusively via his website.

In May 2017, Bret Michaels released a brand-new single which is a heartfelt tribute to his youngest daughter, Jorja Bleu, in honor of her 12th birthday. The song titled "Jorja Bleu" features a music video which was posted at Michaels’ official YouTube channel and is a sequel to his 2003 single "Raine" which is titled after his oldest daughter. [39] [40]

In 2019 Michaels released an official music video for his new single "Unbroken", which was co written with his 13-year old daughter, Jorja Bleu. The song is about mental and physical strength over adversity. [41]

Rock of Love

Michaels starred in the reality television dating competition series Rock of Love with Bret Michaels , the first season of which premiered in July 2007. [42] [43] Jes Rickleff was the winner of Season One. However, she announced during the October 2007 reunion show that she and Michaels were not right for each other and told runner-up Heather he was all hers and that he should have chosen Heather. The first season was released on DVD in early 2008.

The show's second season premiered on January 13, 2008. On April 13, 2008, Michaels selected Ambre Lake as his "Rock of Love". After the show the two maintained a relationship, but parted ways after just a few months due to personal commitments, but they remain good friends. [44]

A third season, Rock of Love Bus , premiered on January 4, 2009, to ratings which represented a series high for VH1. [45] Michaels chose Penthouse Pet Taya Parker as the winner. When asked about a fourth season of Rock of Love, Michaels said "Now they want me to come back for a fourth 'Rock of Love.' I feel that it should be something that changes up, but I still want that fun element. What you see is what you get with me." [46]

Television and film appearances

Michaels and actor Charlie Sheen established a film production company, Sheen/Michaels Entertainment, which produced the movie A Letter from Death Row (1998), in which Michaels wrote, directed and starred, and for which he released a soundtrack album. They also produced No Code of Conduct that same year, which Michaels also directed and acted in. Their company also produced the feature film Free Money , starring Marlon Brando and Mira Sorvino, and the surfer movie In God's Hands in which Michaels also had a small acting role.

Michaels appeared in the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear , Season 1, Episode 6, titled Greg's Big Day, first aired November 6, 2000. He also appeared as himself in three episodes of The Chris Isaak Show from 2001 to 2004.

On May 1, 2008, Michaels appeared on a special celebrity edition of Don't Forget the Lyrics! , on which he raised $200,000 to donate to charity. [47]

In 2010, Michaels was the winning contestant on the NBC reality television series Celebrity Apprentice 3 on NBC. [48]

Michaels stars in a series named Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It , which depicts his life at home with his daughters and their mother. [49] Filming of the series began before Michaels' health troubles, and filming was suspended after his hospitalization. [49] VH1 aired a preview of the series on May 31, 2010, and the series aired in fall 2010. [50]

Michaels hosted the Miss Universe 2010 pageant along with Natalie Morales on August 23, 2010. [51]

In other media

Michaels was portrayed as a guest singer in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock , which features him singing "Go That Far" from his solo career, and Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me".

Charity work

Michaels and his band visited troops at Al Asad Air Base on October 6, 2007, while on a tour of U.S. bases in Iraq in support of Armed Forces Entertainment. [52]

Bret Michaels has done extensive work for Operation Homefront- a charity that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.

He earned $640,000 for the American Diabetes Association for competing in and ultimately winning the Celebrity Apprentice 3.

In June, 2014, while on a national tour date in Omaha, NE, Bret became aware of a series of tornadoes that hit the Nebraska town of Pilger. He, his band, and crew, went to Pilger to see the damage and assist with clean-up. When his tour came near the area again in August, 2014, he hosted a fundraising performance in Norfolk, Nebraska to help tornado victims in the area. [53] [54]

Personal life

Bret is married to long-time love Kristi Gibson. [55] Kristi is the mother of his two daughters Raine Elizabeth (b. May 20, 2000) and Jorja Bleu (b. May 5, 2005) [56] Michaels has a line of pet clothing and accessories called Pets Rock, sold at PetSmart. [31]

Michaels was involved with Pamela Anderson. After Poison's and Michaels's longtime attorney, Ed McPherson obtained a federal injunction [57] prohibiting the distribution of an explicit sex tape that the couple had made, an abridged version of the sex tape appeared on the Internet in 1998 [10] [58] and was released on DVD on September 7, 2005, by Metro Studios.

On May 20, 2010, it was reported on his official website [59] that Michaels has been "readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body". While conducting diagnostic tests it was found that Michaels has a "patent foramen ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart". [59] It was further reported that his condition is "operable and treatable" and his doctors believe they "have diagnosed the problem that caused the transient ischemic attack (TIA) or warning stroke", but that they "feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier". [59] On October 11, 2011, Michaels commented on his 2010 health scare with the following: "2010 was, without question, a roller coaster year for me. But when you have an amazing family, and you still have a lot of music left to make, and you have such incredible and supportive fans behind you, you’re going to fight until the very last breath before you throw in that towel." [60]

Lawsuit with Tony Awards and CBS

Michaels was injured during his opening performance at the 63rd Tony Awards on June 7, 2009. As he was ending his performance with Poison and exiting to the stage rear, a large portion of the descending set struck him on the head and knocked him down. The initial injuries reported was a broken nose. However the hemorrhage incident in 2010 prompted Michaels to file a lawsuit for unspecified damages against the Tony Awards and CBS claiming the incident caused the hemorrhage. [61] On May 14, 2012, the parties announced that they had agreed to settle the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. [62] Michaels thanked the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix for saving his life and career. [63]


Studio albums


Film and television
1994Burke's LawTV series, 1 episode
1994 In God's Hands
1998 A Letter from Death Row
1998The World's Greatest Magic 5
1998 No Code of Conduct director
1999 High Tension, Low Budget Documentary (The Making of a Letter from Death Row)
1999Martial LawTV series, 1 episode
1999 Behind the Music: Poison
2002The Making of Bret MichaelsDocumentary
2003 Yes, Dear TV series
2005 Nashville Star TV series, season 3
2007 Rock of Love with Bret Michaels TV series
2008 Rock of Love 2 TV series
2008Don't Forget The LyricsFox TV
2008Ellen-Fox ShowsFebruary 14, 2008
2008Saturday Night Live
2008VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock SongsHost (5-part special; December 2008 – January 2009)
2009 Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels TV series
2009E True Hollywood Story: Bret Michaels
2009 The Penguins of Madagascar singing "Wheels of Thunder" in Little Zoo Coupe
2009 Behind the Music: Bret Michaels
2009 American Pie Presents: The Book of Love as himself
2010 The Celebrity Apprentice as himself
2010 Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It as himself
2011 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition as himself
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange as himself
2013 The Celebrity Apprentice: All-Stars as himself
2013Rock My RVas himself
2013 Full Throttle Saloon as himself
2014 Revolution Season 2, Ep. 13 as himself
2017 Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Bret Michaels

Music videos

2003"Raine" Shane Stanley
2003"Menace to Society"Bret MichaelsLive montage video
2005"All I Ever Needed"Christie Cook2nd version with Iraq footage released in 2008
2008"Go That Far" (Rock of Love theme)" Shane Stanley 3 versions – with Rock of Love clips, with live clips and standard with no clips
2008"Fallen" Shane Stanley 2 versions – with and without Rock of Love clips
2008"Driven (Rock Mix)" Shane Stanley cut and uncut versions
2010"Riding Against the Wind" ( Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It Theme) Shane Stanley
2010"What I Got"Bret Michaels
2011"Hit and Roll" (Top Gear (U.S. TV series) Theme) Jingle Punks Music
2012"Get Your Rock On"
2012"Get Your Ride On" (AMA Supercross Theme)
2012"The App Song"Video Montage
2014"A Beautiful Soul"
2015"Girls on Bars" [64] Damien Christian D'Amico/Bret Michaels
2017"Jorja Bleu"

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"18 and Life" is a song by American heavy metal band Skid Row. It was released in June 1989 as the second single from their self titled debut album. The song is the band's biggest hit, reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 11 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was named the 60th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was certified Gold on September 13, 1989, when it sold 500,000 copies. The song also charted at No. 12 on the UK Singles chart.

<i>Power to the People</i> (Poison album) 2000 live album with studio tracks by Poison

Power to the People is an album by the American rock band Poison, released on June 13, 2000 on the band's independent label, Cyanide Music. It marked the return of the original lineup, together for the first time since 1991's Swallow This Live with the return of C.C. DeVille who replaced Blues Saraceno.

<i>Poisond!</i> 2007 studio album (part compilation) by Poison

Poison'd! is the seventh studio album from the American hard rock/glam metal band Poison, released June 5, 2007. The 14-track album features recordings of Poison's favorite rock classics. Nine new tracks and five previously released covers make up the album.

<i>Freedom of Sound</i> 2005 studio album by Bret Michaels

Freedom of Sound is the third solo studio album by Bret Michaels, lead singer of the rock band Poison. It is a country rock album released in 2005, the same year Bret Michaels was a judge on the Country music reality tv show Nashville Star.

<i>Rock My World</i> (album) 2008 compilation album by Bret Michaels

Rock My World is the fifth music album by rock artist, Poison vocalist and reality television star Bret Michaels. This album is a greatest hits compilation featuring songs from his last two studio albums and also features three new tracks plus a remixed track. All the music heard during his reality television shows Rock of Love (2007) and Rock of Love 2 (2008) is on the album.

Nothing to Lose (Bret Michaels song) song by Bret Michaels

"Nothing to Lose" is a song written by Bret Michaels, and was recorded by Michaels as the first single for his solo album, Custom Built. The song was originally recorded by Michaels himself, however, he was working with Miley Cyrus who asked to sing on the track with him. Miley Cyrus covered the hit Poison ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" with Michaels for her album Can't Be Tamed and then became involved on Bret's new single. "Nothing to Lose" was the most added song to radio the week of its release, topping both Bon Jovi and Nickelback.

<i>Custom Built</i> 2010 studio album by Bret Michaels

Custom Built is the fourth studio album by rock artist, Poison lead singer and reality television star Bret Michaels. It was released on July 6, 2010 and is Michaels' first studio album since 2005's Freedom of Sound. Announced on Michaels' Facebook, due to his recovery period, the album had been moved to July 6, 2010.

"Go That Far" is a song written by Bret Michaels, and was recorded by Michaels as the first single for his compilation album, Rock My World released in 2008. "Go That Far" is the theme song for VH1's highest rated reality series "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" and the album "Rock My World" is the soundtrack to the series. The album charted at number 40 on The Billboard 200, number 4 on the Top Independent Albums, number 4 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and number 16 on the Top Rock Albums chart.

<i>Jammin with Friends</i> 2013 studio album by Bret Michaels

Jammin' with Friends is the fifth studio album by rock artist, Poison lead singer and reality television star Bret Michaels. The album was released on June 25, 2013 by Poor Boy Records. The album is Michaels' first album since 2010's Custom Built, which charted at #1 on the Hard Rock and Independent album charts.

<i>True Grit</i> (Bret Michaels album) 2015 compilation album by Bret Michaels

True Grit is a compilation album released by American rock and country singer Bret Michaels of the band Poison. The album was released digitally on May 5, 2015 and on limited edition cd via his website.

A Beautiful Soul (song) 2014 single by Bret Michaels

"A Beautiful Soul" is a power ballad by Poison lead singer Bret Michaels, and was released as the lead single for the album True Grit. The song was released as a single on April 1, 2014 over one year before the release of the album, which was released May 5, 2015. The single features a music video which was released April 2, 2014 and the song was performed live on the Bret Michaels edition of "Oprah's Lifeclass" which was taped live on Oprah's website This is one of the few Bret Michaels songs not to feature a guitar solo.

The discography of Bret Michaels consists of 5 studio albums, 4 compilation albums, 2 EPs and 26 singles.


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