After making the rounds on the LA club scene, Poison landed a contract with Enigma Records. Not only was Michaels the group's leader singer, but he also worked with the other members to write all of the songs for the recording.
Bret Michaels, born March 15, 1963, in Butler, Pennsylvania, is the lead singer in the glam-metal band Poison, whose hits include “Talk Dirty to Me” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” In 2007 Michaels emerged as a reality TV star on VH1’s Singer, songwriter, actor, television personality.
Poison frontman Bret Michaels promises to tell all when he publishes his autobiography, "Roses and Thorns: The Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy to My Reality" (Simon & Schuster) in June."It will give people the untold story," Michaels tells It's about what happens when you try to live out your dream and the reality of it all sets in and it's the hardest and the strangest thing you will ever do.
"It gives you the sex, the drugs, the rock 'n' roll, but it also gives you the diabetes. I think when you read it you'll really get the understanding of what it's all about."Michaels wants to separate "Roses and Thorns" from rock 'n' roll tell-alls such as Motley Crue's "The Dirt" and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." "Those books stood on their own. But he does promise revelations about Poison, and particularly his well-known conflicts with guitarist Ce Ce De Ville."One of the most therapeutic things to write was (about) the constant battle between Ce Ce and myself and the reality of why it is constantly there and why it exists," Michaels says.
In the early 1980s, Michaels started playing in a band with longtime friend and drummer Rikki Rockett.
The two later joined forces with bassist Bobby Dall and guitarist Matt Smith to form the band Paris.