Rod Stewart is a British singer-songwriter, born and raised in North London, England, and currently residing in Epping. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and, then, Faces.
He launched his solo career in 1969 with his debut album An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down, in the US it was called The Rod Stewart Album. His work with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces proved to be influential on the formation of the punk rock and heavy metal genres.
Stewart has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling artists of all time. In the UK, he has garnered six consecutive number one albums, and his tally of 62 hit singles include 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position. He has had 16 top ten singles in the U.S, with four of these reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists". He was voted at #33 in Q Magazine's list of the top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, and #59 on Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of all time. As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and will be inducted a second time, as a member of Faces, in April 2012.
He has released 25 studio albums, three live albums, 13 compilation albums, and 109 singles. During his career, Rod Stewart has been a member of a number of groups including Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions (1963), The Hoochie Coochie Men (1964–1965), Soul Agents (1965–1966), Shotgun Express (1966), The Jeff Beck Group (1966–1969) and Faces (1969–1975).
In 2013, he released the album Time.