Bret Michaels is, if nothing else, a true survivor. He has survived a lifelong battle as an insulin dependent diabetic, a near fatal car crash in 1994 and the countless musical trends and fads of the last two decades.
"As soon as I ever start to just go through the motions I'll quit," confessed the 45 year old singer, songwriter, producer, director and actor in a recent interview. But there's little chance he'll even slow down let alone quit anytime soon. In fact, after more than 20 years in the business this award winning, multi platinum superstar's career continues to move at warp speed.
As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels has sold 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 chartbusting Top 40 singles including "Talk Dirty to Me," "Something to Believe In," "Nothing But a Good Time" and the timeless #1 smash "Every Rose Has its Thorn."
Written and produced by Michaels, all 14 tracks on Songs Of Life are exactly that, songs inspired by events in the singer/songwriter's life. Songs Of Life kicks off with rebellion and angst, in songs such as "Menace To Society" and "Bittersweet." It's about unconditional love, such as in the first single, "Raine," written after the May 20, 2000, birth of his daughter. It's about life after the tragedy and heroism of September 11, in the all-acoustic song, "One More Day." It's about tough relationships, like in the songs "Forgiveness" and "Strange Sensation." It's about surviving diabetes, in the song "I Remember." It's about sex and violence, in the songs "It's My Party" and "Loaded Gun." It's about attitude, in the title track "Songs Of Life." It's about family, loyalty and sacrifice (Bret's father was a Navy veteran who served in the Korean conflict, his Uncle Nick was killed in World War II and Cousin Bobby, a marine, was wounded in Vietnam), in the song "War Machine." Songs Of Life is about the lyrics, music and production.
In addition, Songs Of Life is enhanced with the video for the first single "Raine," and also includes two bonus tracks, "Party Rock Band" from the film and soundtrack, A Letter From Death Row, as well as "Stay With Me," an acoustic piano track from the album, Ballads, Blues and Stories, a unique storytellers CD made available only through Michaels' fan club.
- Menace To Society
- Loaded Gun
- Strange Sensation
- Songs of Life
- One More Day
- I Remember
- The Chant
- It's My Party
- War Machine
- Party Rock Band
- Stay With Me
- Riding Against The Wind
- Lie To Me
- Nothing To Lose (featuring Miley Cyrus)
- Wasted Time
- What I Got
- Every Rose (Country Version featuring Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down, Chris Cagle, Mark Wills)
- Go That Far (Club Mix by Jason Miller of Godhead)
- Driven (Rock Mix)
- Open Road
- Rock N My Country
- Nothing To Lose (Bret Only Demo)
- I'd Die For You
SAMPLE1. Nothin' But A Good Time2. Sweet Home Alabama3. Talk Dirty To Me4. Get Your Rock On5. Unskinny Bop6. The App Song7. Every Rose Has Its Thorn8. Raine9. Driven (Rock Mix)10. Nothing To Lose11. What I Got12. Go That Far (Hybrid Mix)13. Fallen14. Party Rock Band15. You Know You Want It16. Margaritaville (Recorded Live in Detroit)BONUS TRACKS17. Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Country Version)18. Something To Believe In19. Nothin' But A Good Time (Classic Rock Version)20. Get Your Ride On