Kid Rock

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Kid Rock
Kid Rock at White House.jpg
Ritchie at the White House in 2017
Born
Robert James Ritchie

(1971-01-17) January 17, 1971 (age 51)
Other namesBobby Shazam
Occupation
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Pamela Anderson
(m. 2006; div. 2007)
Children1
RelativesJill Ritchie (sister)
Musical career
Genres
Labels
Websitekidrock.com

Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, (born January 17, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and musician. He has made songs with parts of many different styles of music, including rock, hip hop, heavy metal, and country.[1]

Early career[change | change source]

Kid Rock grew up in Romeo, Michigan, which is near Detroit. He made his first album, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, in 1990. However, it did not gain many success. He made several more records over the next few years, but the albums did not make any sells either. By 1998, bands such as Korn and Limp Bizkit were becoming popular with music that had both rap and heavy metal. Because Kid Rock was making similar music, the record label Atlantic Records, signed Kid Rock to a contract.[2] In 1998, his album Devil Without A Cause was released. Songs such as Bawitdaba and Cowboy were released, making Kid Rock a star.

Later career[change | change source]

In 2000, Kid Rock released The History of Rock, an album that mostly had old songs from before he became famous, along with two new songs. He released the album Cocky in 2001, Kid Rock in 2003, Rock n Roll Jesus in 2007, and Born Free in 2010.[3]

Live performances[change | change source]

Kid Rock is a supporter of people in the United States Military. He has performed several concerts for soldiers, and gave soldiers free copies of his album Born Free.[4]

In 2004, Kid Rock performed during the Super Bowl halftime show. Although the show was more controversial for an incident where one of Janet Jackson's breasts was seen on television, Kid Rock was criticized for playing while wearing an American flag.[5]

United States Senate campaign, 2018[change | change source]

Kid Rock has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the 2018 U.S. Senate election in Michigan.[6][7] On July 12, 2017, he shared a photo of a "Kid Rock for US Senate" yard sign on Twitter.[8] He later confirmed that he is in fact running for the Senate.[9]

Discography[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Phillips, Jessica (October 29, 2010). "Born Free : Kid Rock - Reviews - Country Weekly Magazine". countryweekly.com. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  2. "Kid Rock | Music Videos, News, Photos, Tour Dates, Ringtones, and Lyrics | MTV". mtv.com. 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  3. "Kid Rock Discography at Discogs". discogs.com. 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  4. Reno, Jamie (November 24, 2010). "New Kid Rock Record Free For All U.S. Military Personnel | Home Post". homepost.kpbs.org. Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  5. George, Justin (February 4, 2004). "Artsandentartainment: VFW slams Kid Rock for flag poncho". sptimes.com. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  6. "Celebrities who support Donald Trump". January 9, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  7. "Kid Rock Eyed as Potential Senate Candidate". Roll Call. February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  8. Feldscher, Kyle (July 12, 2017). "Kid Rock teases run for U.S. Senate in Michigan". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 12, 2017. Kid Rock, otherwise known as Bob Ritchie, tweeted the Kid Rock For Senate website is real and tweeted a photo of a mock lawn sign.
  9. "Kid Rock confirms Michigan Senate run". Fox News. July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.