1961 – Mike Tramp, singer with metal two-hit-wonders White Lion, is born in Denmark.
Mike Tramp (Born Michael Trampenau January 14, 1961) is a Danish singer and songwriter who is best known for his work with the hard rock bands White Lion and Freak of Nature. He has released 14 albums, including six solo albums.
Michael Trampenau was born in Denmark, and grew up on Vesterbro with his single mother and two brothers, Dennis and Kim. Mike started his musical career singing in a youth group club in Copenhagen called Vesterbro Ungdomsgård, and appears on their first album: Vi lever på Vesterbro (1974). Later he was the lead singer of the pop band Mabel, who recorded four albums and was popular in Denmark and Spain, with Mike receiving “teen idol” status. In 1978 Mabel won the Danish Melody Contest with the song Boom Boom and represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest that year. Mabel moved to New York City in the late 1970s, but soon broke up. After the demise of Mabel, Tramp met Vito Bratta and formed White Lion. The first heavy metal band of Mike Tramp is Studs formed in Spain in 1981. The LP is only edited in Spain by Hispavox. With Chris Have on drums, Andy Larsen Bass, and Peter Nielsen Guitar. The album is recorded in Madrid and the song are signed by Tramp. The singles was “Rock you tonight” and “The world is rockin'”.
After the demise of White Lion in 1992, Mike formed the rock band Freak of Nature, released three albums. In 2005, Tramp organized a group of musicians and named the act Tramp’s White Lion, playing only White Lion songs. TWL toured during 2005 and put out a double-live CD entitled Tramp’s White Lion: Rockin’ In The USA.
These days the style of his music is pure rock, reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty but with a bit of a harder edge to it. Lyrically he often writes about his life and therefore his songs often have a high emotional level. Mike still continues as a solo artist and now lives in Australia.
He’s married to Ayu Azhari an Indonesian actress and he has three children: Dylan (from a former relation), Isabelle and Lennon (from Ayu Azhari).
In 2006 Tramp’s White Lion toured Europe in November and December 2006 with British band Crimes of Passion, however this tour was cancelled after the Belgium date due to illness. White Lion toured the USA & two European festivals in Europe in the summer of 2007.
They have recorded a full new studio album called “Return of the Pride” which is planned to be released on March 14, 2008.
With White Lion
* Fight to Survive (1984)
* Pride (1987)
* Big Game (1989)
* Mane Attraction (1991)
* The Best of White Lion (1992)
* Remembering White Lion (New versions) (1999)
* Anthology 83-89 (Demo’s) (2004)
* Rocking The USA (live double album) (2005)
* Return of the Pride (2008)
With Freak of Nature
* Freak of Nature (1993)
* Gathering of Freaks (1994)
* Outcasts (1998)
* Capricorn (1998)
* Recovering the Wasted Years (2002)
* More to Life than This (2003)
* Rock ‘n’ Roll Alive (live double album) (2003)
* Songs I Left Behind (2004)