Bryan Guy Adams FRPS (born November 5, 1959) is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and photographer. He has been cited as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and is estimated to have sold between 75 million and more than 100 million records and singles worldwide. Adams was the most played artist on Canadian radio in the 2010s and has had 25 top-15 singles in Canada and a dozen or more in each of the US, UK, and Australia.
Adams joined his first band at age 15, and at age 20 his eponymous debut album was released. He rose to fame in North America with the 1983 top ten album Cuts Like a Knife, featuring its title track and the ballad “Straight From the Heart“, his first US top ten hit. His 1984 Canadian and US number one album, Reckless (which became the first album by a Canadian to be certified diamond in Canada), made him a global star with six charting singles including “Run to You” and “Summer of ’69“, both top ten hits in the US and Canada, and the power ballad “Heaven“, a US number one hit. His 1987 album Into the Fire, with its US and Canadian top ten song, “Heat of the Night“, rose to number two in Canada and the top ten in the US and several other countries. In 1989, he ended the decade by co writing with fellow Canadian songwriter Jim Vallance and American songwriter Diane Warren “When the Night Comes”, played at the end credits of that year’s Tom Selleck starred crime drama, An Innocent Man.