American musician Kenny Rogers is a singer, songwriter, actor, author and photographer. Rogers is one of the most successful solo artists of all time, selling more than 120 million records worldwide, as of 2015.
Rogers has scored a hit record every decade since the 1950s, starting with “That Crazy Feeling” in 1958. In 1967, Rogers released the hit song “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.
In 1975 Rogers switched to country music, releasing the hit song “Love Lifted Me.” He won his first Grammy Award for his number one country hit, “Lucille,” in 1977, and his second Grammy Award for the 1978 hit song, “The Gambler.” The song inspired several television movies, in which Rogers played the title role.
In 1981, Rogers' cover version of Lionel Richie’s “Lady” topped the pop charts for six weeks. His 1983 duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands in the Stream,” won the Country Music Award for Single of the Year.
Rogers has written several books, including “Making It With Music: Kenny Rogers' Guide to the Music Business” in 1978, and a children’s book, “Christmas in Canaan,” in 2004. He has also published two books of his own photography, “Kenny Rogers America” and “Your Friends and Mine.”
In 2013, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and in January 2015, he released his sixth holiday album, “Once Again It’s Christmas.”