- Was the lead singer for the heavy-metal band Blackjack, which once toured with Ozzy Osbourne.
- Was an extra in the 1984 movie Dune.
- Achieved success in the late 1980s and early 1990s singing renditions of soul classics, including "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay."
- Is a prolific songwriter and has penned hits for Laura Branigan ("How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"), Cher ("I Found Someone") and KISS ("Forever").
- Won his first Grammy in 1990 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You."
- In 1993 established the Michael Bolton Foundation to help at-risk women and children through local and national charities.
- On his 2006 CD Bolton Swings Sinatra, sang a duet with then-girlfriend Nicollette Sheridan ("Second Time Around").
- Has sold over 53 million records.