|Birth name||Michael Trempenau|
|Born||January 14, 1961|
Freak of Nature
Michael Trempenau better known as Mike Tramp (born 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, although he has also released several solo albums to date.
Michael Trempenau was born in Denmark, and grew up in Vesterbro with his mother, Doris, who died April 2010 at the age of 80, 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 joined the pop band Mabel, as the lead singer. They recorded four albums and were very popular in Denmark and Spain, with Mike receiving "teen idol" status. In 1978 Mabel won the Danish Song Contest with the song Boom Boom and represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest that year. Mabel moved to Spain in the late 1970's and became the Studs recording a debut self titled album and then moved to New York City and became the Danish Lions in 1982. After recording some demos the band decided to go back home to Denmark, however Tramp decided to stay in America.
Tramp met Vito Bratta and formed White Lion in 1983, the band became very successful in the mid 80's to early 90's. White Lion released their debut album Fight to Survive in 1985. The band achieved success with their #8 hit "Wait" and #3 hit "When the Children Cry" from their second album, the triple platinum selling Pride. The band continued their success with their third album, Big Game which achieved Gold status and their fourth album Mane Attraction which included a supporting tour. White Lion disbanded in 1992 and not long after their first compilation album The Best of White Lion was released.
Freak of Nature
After the demise of White Lion, Mike formed the Hard rock band Freak of Nature. The follow up was significantly darker and harder than White Lion. The band released three albums between 1993 and 1998 Freak of Nature, Gathering of Freaks, and Outcasts. Freak of Nature had played a few gigs with Helloween and Dio in Europe in 1993. The band eventually disbanded in 1996.
Following Freak of Nature Tramp started a solo career and released his debut album as a solo artist in 1998 titled Capricorn. The album featured former Freak of Nature bandmates, guitarist Kenny Korade and bass player Jerry Best. The song "Better Off" was released as Tramp's debut solo single. and the songs "Already Gone", "If I Live Tomorrow" and "Take a Little Time" were also released as singles. It would be five years before Tramp returned to the studio to record his follow-up album, Recovering the Wasted Years, during which time he would move to Australia, with the aim of raising his son away from the rigors of big city life and to plan his next career move. Recovering the Wasted Years was released in 2002 and featured the single "Living a Lie". In 2003 Tramp followed up with his third album More to Life Than This which Tramp once again produced himself but relied on producer/engineer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica) to engineer and mix the sessions in his very own Sweet Silence Studios. The album titled track "More to Life Than This" and "Don't Want to Say Good Night" were both released as a singles for the album. A music video made in Australia was released for the song "Lay Down My Life For You". Also in 2003 Tramp released the double disc live album Rock 'N' Roll Alive which featured Tramp performing White Lion, Freak of Nature and solo tracks live. In 2004 Tramp released the album Songs I Left Behind.
The new White Lion
Tramp also reformed White Lion with a new line up under the name "Tramp's White Lion" (aka White Lion II) due to legal issues with former members. The band played and re-recorded White Lion songs. TWL toured during 2005 and released a double-live CD entitled Rocking the USA.
In 2006 Tramp's White Lion toured Europe in November and December with British band Crimes of Passion. In 2007 a White Lion compilation The Definitive Rock Collection was released and the band was set for a summer tour with Poison and Ratt only to be dropped by the tour promoter after ex-White Lion guitarist Vito Bratta threatened to take legal action over the band name. Eventually Tramp was able to use the original band name again.
In October 2009, Mike Tramp released a new solo studio album titled Mike Tramp & The Rock 'N' Roll Circuz which was also now the name of his solo band. The album hit the IFPI, Denmark's official top 40 hitlist albums' at number 16 on November 13, 2010. The album features the singles "All Of My Life" and "Come On" which also features a music video.
The latest album Stand Your Ground was released in April 2011 featuring the singles "Distance" and "Hyme to Ronnie", a tribute song to former Heaven & Hell and Black Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who died on May 16, 2010 after a six-month long battle with stomach cancer.
In 2012, Mike Tramp started recording a new solo album. "Cobblestone Street" was released on April 8, 2013 on Targets Records following a successful acoustic tour of Europe in autumn 2012. The album charted at Denmark's official top 40 hitlist albums' at number 21 and features the first single "New Day" which was released on February 18, 2013. The track "Revolution" was released as the second single for the album. Tramp will tour Europe again in 2013 and will be supporting Beth Hart during several concerts in France.
To wrap up 2013 Tramp released the Christmas single "The Way It Was Before" which is a more serious track compared to most other festive songs. The single which is also inspired by events from 9/11 was released in Europe via Target Records on November 11.
Tramp is married to Indonesian actress Ayu Azhari, with whom he has two children: Isabelle and Lennon. Tramp also has a third child, his son Dylan, from a previous relationship with Fleur Thiemeyer. Dylan resides in Australia with his mother.
- Studs (1981)
With White Lion
- Fight to Survive (1985)
- Pride (1987)
- Big Game (1989)
- Mane Attraction (1991)
- The Best of White Lion (1992)
- Remembering White Lion (New versions) (1999 and re-released as Last Roar in 2004)
- Rocking The USA (live double album) (2005)
- Anthology 83-89 (Demos) (2006)
- The Definitive Rock Collection (2007)
- Return of the Pride (2008)
With Freak of Nature
|2002||Recovering the Wasted Years||–|
|2003||More to Life Than This||–|
|2004||Songs I Left Behind||–|
|2009||The Rock 'N' Roll Circuz||16|
|2011||Stand Your Ground||–|
- Live albums
- 2003: Rock 'N' Roll Alive (double album)
|1998||"If I Live Tommorow"|
|"Take a Little Time"|
|2002||"Living a Lie"||Recovering the Wasted Years|
|2003||"More to Life Than This"||More to Life Than This|
|"Don't Want to Say Good Night"|
|2009||"All of My Life"||The Rock 'n' Roll Circuz|
|2011||"Distance"||Stand Your Ground|
|"Hymn To Ronnie"|
|2013||"New Day"||Cobblestone Street|
|"The Way It Was Before"|
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- Mike Tramp's Website
- Mike Tramp's Myspace
- The Mike Tramp Fansite
- The Mike Tramp French Fansite
- The White Lion Fansite
- Interview with Mike on Anarchy Music
- Mabel discography and pictures
- His page at Allmusic
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