Lou Gramm, founding member of Foreigner – one of the greatest singers in Rock music, Lou Gramm’s unique vocals and hit songs have placed FOREIGNER™, among Billboard’s Top Artists of all time. Their 16 Billboard Top 40 Hit Songs defined an era.
Gramm was the lead vocalist on all of Foreigner’s hit songs, including “Feels Like the First Time”, “Cold as Ice”, “Long, Long Way from Home”, “Hot Blooded”, “Double Vision”, “Blue Morning, Blue Day”, “Head Games”, “Dirty White Boy”, “Urgent”, “Juke Box Hero”, “Break It Up” and “Say You Will”. He co-wrote most of the songs for the band, which achieved two of its biggest hits with the ballads “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, which spent ten weeks at #2 on the 1981-82 American Hot 100, and “I Want to Know What Love Is”, which was a #1 hit internationally (US & UK) in 1985. Their first 8 singles cracked the Billboard Top 20,(4 went Top 10) making them the first since the Beatles to achieve this in 1980.
Gramm released his first solo album in 1987,Ready or Not, which received critical acclaim and contained a top five hit single with “Midnight Blue”. This was followed by the late-1987 Foreigner album Inside Information, which reached number 15 on Billboard’s album chart. Encouraged by his solo success, Gramm left the group in 1990 to form Shadow King with close friend and former Black Sheep bassist Bruce Turgon. The new group’s 1991 self-titled album was released by Atlantic Records. Gramm returned to the group in 1992 to record three new songs for the compilation,The Very Best of…and Beyond, bringing a new energy back into the mix.
Gramm left Foreigner again in 2003, and has been touring the U.S., Canada, and Mexico (as well as performing occasional dates off the continent) steadily since January 2004. As of 2013, Lou Gramm continues to tour with his band, performing many of his old Foreigner hits. In May 2013, Triumph Books released Gramm’s autobiography Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ‘n’ Roll.