Trailblazing rocker Pat Benatar was born Patricia Andrzejewski in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Lindenhurst, Long Island. Known worldwide for hit songs such as “We Belong,” “Invincible,” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” the four-time Grammy Award winner is a classically trained mezzo-soprano who got her start singing in elementary school. She continued to sharpen her musical chops in her teens, dropped out of college at 19 years old, married her high school sweetheart, Dennis Benatar, and worked as a bank teller. Both the marriage and the job ended, but Benatar continued singing in local New York clubs and did commercial work as a vocalist singing jingles for Pepsi Cola.
In her 30+ years in the music industry, Benatar has released a dozen studio albums, in addition to several compilation and concert albums. Her first live album, Live From Earth, was released in the fall of 1983 and was recorded during her sold out Get Nervous world tour. Live From Earth included previous hits like “Fire and Ice” and “Heartbreaker,” along with the fan favorite “Hell Is For Children.” The album also introduced two new studio singles, “Lipstick Lies” and “Love Is A Battlefield,” the latter of which became a huge hit. Thanks to heavy rotation on MTV and a ton of radio airplay, “Love Is A Battlefield” became a Top Ten hit worldwide, shooting to the top of the Mainstream Rock chart and peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video for the tune earned Benatar an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Female Video and the song earned the artist a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Live From Earth sold over a million copies and was a Top 20 hit in Australia, New Zealand and Germany as well as in the U.S. where it peaked at number thirteen on the Billboard 200 chart.
Montrose Cunningham is a Dallas, Texas-based, independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado, with a Master of Science degree in Marketing. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughters, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his release Inertia at www.cdbaby.com/cd/montrose, follow him on Twitter @MontroseC and check out his blog, Daddy Rock Star.