In 1983, Jack Wagner and his alter ego joined the cast of General Hospital as the lead singer of Blackie Parrish’s band Riff Raff. The show was lacking in younger leading men and with John Stamos’ possible departure, Executive Producer Gloria Monty began touting Jack as “GH’s next big thing”. When John Stamos and his character bid Port Charles adieu, Monty quickly paired Frisco with a leading lady – Tania Roskov. As Frisco was a singer, it naturally followed that he would serenade his ladylove. The song of choice was “All I Need”.
“All I Need” quickly caught the attention of viewers and prompted GH’s Music Director to pair Jack with a label to get the song released. Soon after, mega producer Quincy Jones signed Jack to his record label Qwest Records. In 1984, “All I Need” was released as a five single EP along with several of the songs performed by Jack’s fictional band Riff Raff.
As Frisco and Jack’s popularity skyrocketed, Gloria Monty decided that it was time for Frisco to get an epic romance. With Luke and Laura out of the picture, the show lacked a true supercouple. Enter Felicia and another love theme from the full LP release of “All I Need”. Frisco and Felicia’s song was the tender ballad “Lady of My Heart”, which will eternally define this couple. The release of the LP also gave Jack the opportunity to star in the rarely seen music video for the single “Premonition”.
In 1985, Jack released his second album entitled “Lighting Up the Night”. The first release from the album was the ode to lost love “Too Young”. The second album marked Jack’s first foray into songwriting as the co-writer of the tracks “Keep Holding On” and “Let’s Start All Over”. The second release from the album was “Love Will Take Us All the Way”, which was to become Frisco and Felicia’s second love theme. The soulful ballad, along with its steamy music video, got Jack noticed by a more contemporary and diverse audience with heavy rotation on the cable channels VH-1 and BET. The song even gave Jack the opportunity to perform on the syndicated “Soul Train”, which was a rarity for a pop singer at the time.
In 1987, Jack released his third album. Ironically, the album was entitled “Don’t Give Up Your Day Job”, which was exactly what Jack planned to do. The featured release from the album was the up-tempo “Weatherman Says”. The song was also promoted with a stylish music video. This album helped Jack continue his creative evolution as the songwriter and/or producer of “Love…Find It”, “Lovers in the Night”, “It’s Been a Long Time” and the life affirming “Back Home Again”.
After a two-year return to his theatrical roots, Jack made his way back to General Hospital in 1989. Upon his return, he presented the producers with a tune he’d penned for his forthcoming album. The song was “The Right Key” and Jack felt it was the perfect song for the star-crossed Frisco and the lady of his heart, Felicia. The song caught on with GH viewers when Frisco serenaded Felicia with an acoustic rendition of the tune. Unfortunately, Jack was in the middle of changing record labels and the new album, produced by 80’s sensation Ray Parker Jr., was shelved.
Six years after the release of his last album, Jack gave his fans “Alone in a Crowd” in 1993. He again had the opportunity to write and produce many tracks, but this time, the songs gave the audience a look at the personal journey of Jack Wagner. The lyrics were peppered with acknowledgments of love, adoration and hope for his family. Most notably, “Keeper of Your Name” was a tribute to his father while “Part of Me” was a tribute to his son. On another personal note, the album’s title was representative of Jack’s disillusionment with the recording industry. However, the songs “To Be Mine” and “Love is on Your Mind” which he performed on the TV series “Santa Barbara”, were included.
In 2003, Jack joined the cast of the internationally acclaimed daytime drama “The Bold & the Beautiful”. After Jack’s character Nick Payne performed the Eric Clapton classic “Wonderful Tonight”, B&B Executive Producer Brad Bell decided that he wanted to incorporate music into Nick’s storyline. He convinced Jack to create a tune for his character’s lady love Brooke. Jack and his writing partner penned the ethereal “Going Back Again” . Jack continued to write songs for his character, which would eventually become the basis for his 2005 CD “Dancing in the Moonlight”. The CD marked Jack’s first release in twelve years.
In 2007, a remastered edition of Jack’s debut CD “All I Need” was released. The CD included liner notes written by writer/mega-producer Glen Ballard who recalled Jack’s commitment and admirable work ethic.
In 2011, Jack released “Will the Rain Fall Down”, co-written by Jeff Pescetto, on iTunes. The song was featured on The Bold and the Beautiful as well. Jack continues to play concerts around the country, most frequently returning to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.