Richie Sambora was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and raised in Woodbridge. He got his first guitar in 1971 when he was twelve, and started playing in bands three years later. A diversified music listener, Sambora comes from a background of The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin and “a lot of blues stuff”.
As a founding Bon Jovi member Richie Sambora has spent almost three decades as an integral part of one of the world’s most beloved bands. He’s created some of the most instantly recognizable guitar sounds and penned many of the greatest rock anthems in a generation, collecting over 68 gold and platinum albums in the process.
In a departure from his previous major label releases - Undiscovered Soul (1998) and Stranger in This Town (1991 - Sambora has returned to his roots, creating a vital and visceral album of raw power.
“This is my favorite record I’ve ever made,” says Sambora. “It’s the most fulfilling and beautiful experience in my life as a musician.”
Lyrically, he tackles the universal tribulations of divorce, substance abuse, single parenthood, independence and self-reliance. “A lot has happened in my life over the last ten years, personal stuff that’s cathartic for me to get out,” says Sambora. “Really things that could happen to anybody, but I just happened to be in a band with the biggest concert tour in the world, and in the glare of the public eye.”