- Was born on an American military base in Germany and grew up in South Carolina and Florida.
- Named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine.
- Received three Grammy awards for his chart-topping collaboration with Carlos Santana on "Smooth," a song he cowrote as a love song to his wife, Marisol.
- Won the Songwriters Hall of Fame's premiere Starlight Award in 2004.
- Established the Sidewalk Angels Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to people and animals in need.