Lou Gramm, the lead vocalist for the band Foreigner is one of the most successful rock vocalists of the late 1970s and 1980s. His unique vocals have made Foreigner, one of “Billboard's Top 100 Artists of All Time” in hit songs history.
The group’s hit songs, include "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice," "Long, Long Way from Home," "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," "Blue Morning, Blue Day," "Head Games," "Urgent," and "Juke Box Hero.” He co-wrote most of the songs for the band, which achieved two of its biggest hits with "Waiting for a Girl Like You,” which spent ten weeks at #2, and "I Want to Know What Love Is," which was a #1 hit worldwide.
In 1987 Gramm released his first solo album, Ready or Not, which received critical acclaim and contained a top five hit single with "Midnight Blue." Gramm and Foreigner split for a time but returned in 1992 to record three new songs for the compilation, The Very Best of ... and Beyond, bringing a new energy back into the mix.
In 1992, Gramm became a Born Again Christian. He says, “after being tired of the rock 'n' roll life and not feeling very fulfilled...I was falling prey to some of the bad habits that can go along with that, and I just decided that my own willpower and strength was not enough, and [being raised a Catholic Christian], I knew the answer was something deeper for a long time."
In April 1997, two months after providing vocals for Christian rock band Petra's
Petra Praise 2: We Need Jesus, and on the eve the band was to leave for a
Japan tour, Gramm was diagnosed with a type of craniopharyngioma brain tumor. Although the tumor was benign, the resulting surgery damaged his pituitary gland. In addition, the recovery program had caused Gramm to gain weight, and likewise affected his stamina and voice. He continued to work with Jones throughout his illness and in 1999, Gramm was back touring with Foreigner, playing summer festivals and smaller markets. Gradually, Gramm's health and energy have rebounded. Gramm left Foreigner again in 2003, and has been touring steadily. In May 2013, Triumph Books released Gramm’s autobiography Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ‘n’ Roll.