there any artists who have influenced you until today?
Bolton: Ray Charles is my single biggest influence and it
was an honor and a dream bigger than I could have ever dreamed to
be able to sing “Georgia” to him after growing up admiring
him my whole career. It is amazing to be able to work hard at what
you love and then one day meet your heroes.
Michael Bolton Charities Inc., supports poor women and children and
victims of emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The organization has
raised over $10 million for a variety of projects to date. How important
is this social commitment to you?
Bolton: I will never forget the fear of near homelessness
and not being able to take care of my family, when I was a struggling
artist. It’s personal to me to offer support and use my celebrity
where possible to advocate for those in need. We discovered that many
women and children in shelters are victims of domestic violence. That
is an epidemic that simply cannot be tolerated and I have worked for
over 30 years to raise awareness and funding and to change policy
to better protect those victims. For children who come from broken
homes it can be challenging to excel in school and that paves their
life path. It’s absolutely critical to me to address these issues
and create funding and programs to help change that pattern.
do you get the inspiration for your lyrics, the stories behind your
Bolton: There’s a kind of magic that comes out of songwriting
collaborations where people from completely different walks of life,
maybe who are even meeting for the first time, bring their own life
experience to the session and together create a song that is great
than the sum of its parts because it resonates on a broader level
to a collective human experience. So it’s part personal, of
course, but it’s greatly collaborative and also artistic where
we are looking to craft lyrics that are interesting but relatable,
and melodies that are timeless and unforgettable.
important is the contact to your fans and what role does "social
Bolton: Social media has definitely been something to get
used to, because there’s so much to try and keep up with, but
I really like being able to hear from fans and I’m deeply moved
by their expressions of love and support. It’s exciting to me
to see new fans are getting to know me through social media and coming
to shows and enjoying my music. But I also see fans that have been
with me for 40 years or more! And that is very moving.
there something you would like to tell your fans?
Bolton: My fans are the best in the world and I am eternally
grateful to them for allowing me to do what i love most.