Bruce Springsteen is an American rock singer and songwriter who is nicknamed "The Boss" and records and tours with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered on his native New Jersey. Springsteen's recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born in the U.S.A. and Born to Run, showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life.
He has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million worldwide and he has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. He is widely regarded by many as one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century, and in 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him as the 23rd greatest artist of all time in its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.
The E Street Band has been rock musician Bruce Springsteen's primary backing band since 1972. The band has also recorded (both individually and as a band) with a wide range of other artists including Bob Dylan, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, Sting, Ian Hunter, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, Grateful Dead, Santana, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Lady Gaga, and Aretha Franklin. When not working with Springsteen, members of the band have recorded solo material and have pursued successful careers as session musicians, record producers, songwriters, actors, and other roles in entertainment.
Springsteen released his 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, in March 2012.