Jon Bon Jovi
- Category : Singer - Popular
- Type : PE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Consciousness 1
Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi on March 2, 1962) is an American musician, businessman, actor and lead singer of the rock band, Bon Jovi.
Jon Bon Jovi was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on March 2,1962, and was raised in nearby Sayreville. His mother, Carol Sharkey (of Irish/Italian descent), was a U.S. Marine as well as a Playboy Bunny and his father, John Bongiovi Sr., also a Marine, was a barber of Italian ancestry.
John Bon Jovi attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey for two years, freshman and sophomore years, before being forced to transfer to Sayreville War Memorial High School in Parlin, New Jersey because of poor grades, and later adopted the stage name Jon Bon Jovi at the behest of the record company that he signed with. He also plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, and rhythm guitar but makes the most of his part as lead singer. His early career was assisted by his cousin, Tony Bongiovi, a notable record producer who owned the Power Station recording studio. Jon worked as a janitor at the studio, and in periods of studio downtime recorded his own material, helped by his uncle. An album of these early recordings John Bongiovi: The Power Station Years was released in 1999.
In 1984,Bon Jovi's self-titled band released their debut eponymous album. The album went gold, the lead single, "Runaway" becoming Bon Jovi's first Top 40 hit. Following this success, his aforementioned second-cousin, Tony Bongiovi, sued Jon, as well as the band, claiming he'd been responsible for creating their successful sound. The suit was eventually settled out of court, in 1986.
In the mid-'80s, after actress Diane Lane filmed Streets of Fire, Bon Jovi dated her briefly, though the relationship didn't last. Jon later discovered the band Cinderella in 1986, at the The Empire Rock Club in Philadelphia. They opened for Bon Jovi during the Slippery When Wet tour and Bon Jovi has remained an avid supporter of the band ever since.
In 1987, Jon Bon Jovi was enlisted by David Geffen to assist in producing Cher's "comeback" album, "Cher". Jon himself co-wrote and sang backup on Cher's hit single, "We All Sleep Alone", with Desmond Child, and produced several other tracks on the album. He would later co-produce Cher's best-selling, multi-platinum album, "Heart of Stone".
In the late 1980s he went on tour in Tokyo, Japan. The tour was a sellout and was a successful launch of his debut album called Bon Jovi. While on this tour, there was a scandal that he was caught on a date by the local papparazzi with Jade Ward, though nothing was ever proven.
Jon Bon Jovi later married Dorothea Hurley, his high school sweetheart, on April 29, 1989 in the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. He fathered one daughter, Stephanie Rose Bongiovi (born on May 31, 1993), and three sons, Jesse James Louis Bongiovi (born on February 19, 1995) Jacob Hurley Bongiovi (born on May 7, 2002) and Romeo Jon Bongiovi (born on March 29, 2004).
Bon Jovi is a credited actor in the movies Moonlight and Valentino, The Leading Man, Destination Anywhere, Homegrown, Little City, No Looking Back, Row Your Boat, Vampires Los Muertos, U-571, Cry Wolf and National Lampoon's Pucked. He also had a supporting role in the movie Pay It Forward, where he played Helen Hunt's abusive ex-husband. His TV series appearances include Sex and the City and an extended stint on Ally McBeal A plumber who was Ally's boyfriend for a short period of time , as well as a guest appearance on The West Wing and Las Vegas.
Jon Bon Jovi can also be seen in Young Guns II with a brief uncredited role as a cowboy in a pit. Bon Jovi made a cameo appearance in The Sims Superstar as well.
Bon Jovi's first appearance in any musical production was in the 1980 Star Wars album, Christmas in the Stars. He was the lead in singing the song, "R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas." (Credited as John Bongiovi).
Jon Bon Jovi has recorded two solo albums: Blaze of Glory (1990) and Destination Anywhere (1997) and sold over 100 million albums with the band Bon Jovi.
Jon Bon Jovi has worked on behalf of the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and other groups.
On June 15, 2001, Jon Bon Jovi addressed the Oxford Union debate society.
Bon JoviIn 2004 he became founder and owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League with friend and fellow band member Richie Sambora. He appeared in several television commercials for the league. Bon Jovi has been an avid New York Giants fan his entire life.
On September 21, 2005, during an appearance on her show, the Bon Jovi band donated $1,000,000 to Oprah Winfrey for her Angel Network foundation. As of 2006, this is the highest amount donated by any single celebrity on Oprah's show.
He currently lives in Middletown, New Jersey. He has donated more than $25,000 to the Democratic Party.
In the 2004 presidential election, Jon Bon Jovi campaigned for Democratic nominee, John Kerry.
Jon Bon Jovi on stage live at Dublin May 2006.Jon Bon Jovi has been named the first Founding Ambassador of the Habitat for Humanity Ambassador program as part of the international-nonprofit organization’s new advocacy outreach initiative. Bon Jovi has been raising awareness with Habitat for Humanity since 2005 when he provided the funds to build six homes in Philadelphia and built the homes alongside the homeowner families, as well as with members of his Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team. The construction site also served as the video shoot location for his band’s single, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” In 2006, Bon Jovi made a $1 million donation to build 28 Habitat homes in Louisiana in partnership with low-income families on the hurricane-stricken coast. Earlier this month, Bon Jovi announced a project that will rehabilitate a block of 15 homes in north Philadelphia. Bon Jovi spearheaded the groundbreaking partnership that will join Habitat for Humanity, Project H.O.M.E., Saturn and The Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation.
May 1, 2007 Jon Bon Jovi was guest star on American Idol, during the show's "Rock Week" in which the contestants all performed his or his band's songs.
It has been reported that Jon Bon Jovi and his family will be moving from his home state of New Jersey to Manhattan, New York. This is potentially the reason for Bon Jovi's delayed touring for their upcoming album.