Apr 18, 2011


Legendary Rocker Bret Michaels and His Daughters, Raine and Jorja Michaels, Record All-New Version of His Power Ballad Classic “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” for the Album; Trio Also Hosting Air Guitar Super Contest on KIDZBOP.com

I have been a fan of Bret Michaels' music since I was a kid and although his escapades on the multiple seasons of his Rock of Love TV series are anything but family friendly, it was always clear that he loved his daughter more than anything.  When he was on Celebrity Apprentice I grew to have an even deeper appreciation for Bret and his many skills.  And again the love of his daughters was made evident.  But when he came back for the finale of the show after his traumatic hospitalization, he won me over for life!!  I can't wait to hear this album as this music takes me back to the days when I first heard it on the radio, and knowing Bret Michaels the quality of this recording will be terrific!

NEW YORK, NY (April 18, 2011) — Get ready for MONSTER May!  On May 17, KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids ages 5-12 in the U.S., will release the latest album in its best-selling audio series, KIDZ BOP Sings Monster Ballads. For the special release, KIDZ BOP has teamed up with legendary rocker and frontman, Bret Michaels, and his daughters Raine and Jorja Michaels to record a rockin’ new version of his power ballad classic, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” which is the lead track on the album. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to benefit Bret’s Juvenile Diabetes Foundation by helping send several deserving kids to camp this summer. Bret, Raine and Jorja will also host the KIDZ BOP Sings Monster Ballads “Air Guitar Super Contest” running from May 2 – May 31 on KIDZ BOP’s leading safe social network and video sharing site, KIDZBOP.com

Bret Michaels commented, “The most awesome jobs I’ve ever had are being a Rockstar, Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice winner,  raising money for kids with Diabetes and, most importantly, being a good father, so rerecording ‘Every Rose has Its Thorn’ with Raine and Jorja for KIDZ BOP Sings Monster Ballads was, by far, one of the coolest ways ever to combine my love for music and family: Not only do I get to rock out with my two favorite girls, but a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It’s a great track for a great cause. KIDZ BOP Sings Monster Ballads is one party you definitely won’t want to miss: So bring your strongest voice, best air guitar and get ready to monster rock.”

As part of the Super Contest, kids can upload videos of themselves to KIDZBOP.com to show Bret Michaels their most rockin’ air guitar riffs and vote for the performers they think have what it takes to be the next Rock Superstar. The winner will receive a “Back Stage with Bret Michaels VIP Pass” monster prize package, including a trip to see one of Bret’s upcoming concerts with a parent or guardian, special meet & greet with Bret and a Jorja-Raine acoustic guitar, specially designed by Bret for his new Dean Guitars’ Signature Series. 

Since the first volume appeared more than 10 years ago, Monster Ballads has become a pop culture phenomenon! The popular music series has sold over 2 million copies and has been referenced in movies, books, music and TV shows.  Now, Monster Ballads fans can share the power ballad experience with their kids (big hair and all)!  For the first time ever, the #1 power ballad series is meeting the #1 kids’ music brand, KIDZ BOP—for KIDZ BOP Sings Monster BalladsKIDZ BOP Sings Monster Ballads includes 16 hair band classics from the 80s and 90s—‘sung by kids for kids,’ including: 

Every Rose Has Its Thorn                                                                             
(Featuring Bret Michaels on guitar with Raine and Jorja Michaels)
Heaven                                                                                                          The Flame
Don’t Know What You Got Til Its Gone                                                          Is This Love
Home Sweet Home                                                                                        Patience
I Remember You                                                                                            When I See You Smile
Forever                                                                                                           Wind Of Change
High Enough                                                                                                   Love Of A Lifetime
Love Song

About Bret Michaels
Rocker and pop culture icon, Bret Michaels has been making hits—whether solo, or with notorious rock group, Poison—for 25 years. Poison’s record sales, in combination with those from Bret’s solo albums, exceed 31 million records and DVDs worldwide, with chart-topping hits such as "Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and "Something to Believe In," among many others.  Beyond his legendary work with Poison, as well as his acclaimed solo career, Michaels has gone on to enjoy a stunningly successful run in the realm of reality TV, including a first place finish on 2010’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and VH1 hits such as “Rock of Love” and “Life as I Know It.” Michaels recently partnered with Dean Guitars, to design his first ever signature Bret Michaels series, and will be embarking on his first ever concert cruise, “The Bret Michaels Super Cruise,” in November 2011. Philanthropy remains an important facet of Michaels’ career as well: a lifelong diabetic, Michaels partnered with the American Diabetes Association in 2010, acting as a spokesperson and sponsor. He gives generously to the cause, donating both his time, money, and support to a number of diabetes charities.  Bret continues to evolve as an artist and as an entrepreneur, taking on new projects in music, business, and beyond. And with his solo tour “Get Your Rock On” underway, and the Poison 25th Anniversary Tour and Motley Crue / Poison Summer Tour launching this May, Michaels will be rocking right through 2011.

About KIDZBOP.com
KIDZBOP.com is the leading safe social network and video sharing site for kids and tweens. January 2011 was a record month for the popular website with 1.5 million visits, 2+ million video plays and an average of 13+ minutes spent on the site per visit. The website provides a completely safe and moderated environment where kids can express themselves—as themselves—through unique online applications and proprietary functionality.  The site’s popular “My Channel” feature lets members safely communicate with friends via our Safe Text Messaging System, which averages more than one million status updates per month.  Kids can also safely produce their own Webshows, create and run their own “Super Contests,” upload videos and photos, and make music. To date, KIDZ BOP’s team of expert moderators have screened more than 23,000 hours of video content and nearly half a million photos before they were uploaded to KIDZBOP.com. This April, KIDZBOP.com expects to welcome its Millionth Member to the site. 


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