Introduction and Early Life:
Paul Rodgers is an English singer-songwriter and musician, best known for being a member of Free and Bad Company. Often considered as a highly influential singer in the history of rock music, he has been dubbed “The Voice” by his fans.
Born “Paul Bernard Rodgers” on 17 December 1949 in Middlesbrough, England, he learnt guitar and paino and began writing songs when he was in his early teens.
Career and Musical Achievements:
Paul Rodgers started his musical career as a bassist in a local band called The Roadrunners. He gained fame as a member of the blues-oriented rock band Free. After the breakup of Free, Rodgers formed his next band, Bad Company, with ex-Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs in 1973. Both bands received widespread worldwide success in the 1970s.
Prior to establishing a successful solo career, he was also a member of Peace, The Firm and The Law. After the death of fellow singer Freddie Mercury, he extensively toured and recorded with Brian May and Roger Taylor as Queen + Paul Rodgers.
Critically acclaimed for his expressive vocal style, Rodgers has influenced the style of many of his contemporaries and later vocalists. Some of them include David Coverdale, John Waite, Steve Walsh, Paul Young and Axl Rose.
Awards and Accolades:
Rock critic John Mellencamp has described Paul Rodgers as “the best rock singer ever.” He was ranked number 55 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”, and number 9 on Hit Parader’s list of the “Greatest Heavy Metal Singers of All Time”. Rodgers was honored with the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 2011.
Paul Rodgers married Machiko Shimizu in 1971. The couple has two children together, namely Steve and Jasmine.