Bret Michaels was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But, his dad who was in the Navy, was transferred to the Inland Naval Depot in Mechanicsburg, PA. Which was where he was raised. He is an insulin-dependent diabetic. In May 2000, his first daughter Raine Elizabeth was born, with his girlfriend Kristi Gibson. On May 5, 2005, his second daughter Jorja Bleu was born, weighing 6lbs, 8ozs. When his first daughter was born, he dedicated the Poison album Show Me Your Hits- a Salute to Poison.
In 1984, Bret formed Poison with bassist Bobby Dall, and drummer Rikki Rockett. When they traveled from Harrisburg, PA, to LA, they added guitarist C.C. Deville. In 1986, they signed with Enigma Records. Poison had a high amount of popularity, with only Bon Jovi and Def Leppard outselling them. Their success may have been short lived, but they had a major effect on the music industry during their career.