Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Recorded Six[.]; American Singing Star Michael Bolton Tells MARION McMULLEN Success Was a Long Time Coming, but He's Now Enjoying the Funny Side of Life with a Sideline in Comedy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Recorded Six[.]; American Singing Star Michael Bolton Tells MARION McMULLEN Success Was a Long Time Coming, but He's Now Enjoying the Funny Side of Life with a Sideline in Comedy

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S it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's G-Pa.

"That's my super hero name," reveals Michael Bolton with a chuckle. "I've got six grandchildren now. Can you believe it? They are aged from one to seven and they are all gorgeous. To them I am G-Pa. I'm not sure if any of them are musically inclined yet though. I suppose it's still too early to tell."

Michael has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year and always has a wide range of projects on the go.

He is currently completing a feature documentary film called American Dream: Detroit, which pays homage to the Motorcity, recently turned to comedy for a Netflix special - Michael Bolton's Big Sexy Valentine's Day - and has also played it for laughs on Saturday Night Live, Two And A Half Men, Fresh Off The Boat, Glee and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.

"I did three episodes of Two And A Half Men and I love doing comedy," says Michael. "It's fun to drive to the lot and park your car next to your trailer and find the latest script pages that are even funnier than before."

The energetic 64-year-old is currently counting down to his greatest hits tour in the UK later this year. It marks his first dates here in more than two years and he is promising to perform all the fan favourites.

But Michael says it was a long, hard struggle before his career took off and it took even longer before he felt that he had really made it. "Even when I had a big hit with How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, had been nominated for a Grammy and then won a Grammy, I didn't feel like I had really made it," he admits.

"It was only when I won a second Grammy for When A Man Loves A Woman. That night at the Grammys, I felt I had arrived, that is was OK, that people in the industry believed in me and were asking me to contact them if I was interested in a deal."

He adds with a smile: "It was like having a cup of water in the desert and it had to last me 300 miles or something. But it was encouragement from people that were not just friends and family.

"I'd had six albums before I had my first hit. It took something like 15 or 16 years, but I couldn't do anything else. …

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