Soft Rockin’ It

Posted June 27, 2012 at 12:01am

“When a Man Loves a Woman,” well, it seems as if he heads to Capitol Hill to advocate for the Violence Against Women Act.

Or at least that’s what soft-rock balladeer Michael Bolton — whose legendary cover of “When a Man Loves a Woman” earned him a Grammy in 1991 — did Tuesday.

Bolton made the rounds on the Hill, at a press conference held by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who was advocating for VAWA, and then on the East Front of the Capitol at a “Save VAWA National Action Rally” with Sens. Patrick Leahy and Daniel Akaka
(D-Hawaii) and Reps. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.).

Much like Bolton’s easy-listening tunes that play softly in the background of elevators, the singer stood quietly in the background at Murray’s press conference and wasn’t even acknowledged by the Senator.

But at the rally on the East Front of the Capitol, he voiced his support for VAWA, speaking about his mother, daughters and granddaughters and why Congress needs to pass VAWA to protect women.

“When a man loves a woman … they do the right thing,” Bolton sang in closing his remarks, much to the delight of the crowd, an HOH tipster tells us.

Bolton’s vocal support of VAWA is not totally out of left field. He is the founder of the Michael Bolton Foundation, which seeks to help women and children rise from poverty and recover from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, which VAWA would tackle if passed.