Bret Michaels, born Bret Michael Sychak on March 15, 1963, is the lead vocalist of the band Poison, as well as a reality TV star and judge with a net worth of $12 million. His career as a musician with Poison began in 1983, and the band became one of the biggest 80s hair metal bands in the world with several hits, and a multi-platinum album, Open Up and Say…Ahh! Michaels recorded his first solo album in 19998, A Letter from Death Row, the soundtrack to a movie we directed, wrote, and starred in. In 2003 he released Songs From Life. He also served as a judge in the 2005 season of the reality singing competition Nashville Star, and released another album that same year, Freedom of Sound.
Alongside his first season of the VH1 reality TV show "Rock Of Love," where Michaels searched for the next love in his life, he released the album Rock My World in June of 2008. The album made the Billboard top 200 chart, and was #4 on the Independent Albums chart. Later that year he released the single "Driven," which featured clips from the second season of his VH1 show, Rock of Love Bus, in the music video. He then released a DVD "Hard & Heavy confidential featuring Bret Michaels," including interviews and acoustic versions of many hit singles including "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Michaels also held a third season of the show Rock of Love, as all three seasons were unsuccessful at finding a "rock of love."