Jon Bon Jovi, rather John Francis Bongiovi, Jr, was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey in 1962. He is a political activist, sometimes actor, and most of all a musician who's released hits since his start in glam metal and through his transition into hard and conventional rock. Though he did poorly in school, Bon Jovi was already playing in clubs at the age of 16. He began to achieve recognition in 1982 when he recorded his song "Runaway" in his cousin's recording studio, where he was sweeping floors. He is the lead singer and namesake of the rock band Bon Jovi, which has been active with brief hiatuses since it was founded in Sayreville, New Jersey in 1983. The band achieved global recognition with its 1986 album Slippery When Wet, followed by New Jersey in 1988. It's used a host of different styles of music in the years since. Bon Jovi has released solo albums, recorded movie soundtracks, and has owned a record label. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and Grammy Awards, was awarded a Golden Globe Award in 1991, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. He's collaborated with artists like Cher and Elton John. Besides his continuing solo projects, the band Bon Jovi still tours frequently. Bon Jovi's biography includes a stunning amount of charitable work alongside his artistic achievements. He founded The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in 2006, which combats issues leading to homelessness in the United States, and he has done work for the American Red Cross, the Special Olympics, Project H.O.M.E., and other groups. He campaigned for candidates in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 United States presidential elections, and has been a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions since 2010.