Michael Bublé is a prolific singer often compared to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. He has recorded 10 studio albums during his career as well as self recorded albums during his early career. The crooner quickly rose to success in the early 2000's. He has won several music awards, including 4 Grammy Awards and several Juno Awards during his career. He has toured extensively and has appeared on several television shows.
He had an early interest in Jazz and Ice Hockey
Michael Bublé was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, on September 9, 1975 to Lewis and Amber. Michael has Canadian, Croatian and Italian ancestry. In 2005 he received duel Canadian and Italian citizenship. Lewis worked as a local fisherman, and Michael spent time working with him out at sea for 2 three months at a time. Michael has two younger sisters, Brandie and Crystal. Growing up, Michael was very close with his maternal grandfather who taught him to appreciate Jazz music and Ice Hockey. As a young teenager, Michael's parents realized his talents as a singer when they were singing Bing Crosby's hit "White Christmas" in the car.
He began performing on stage when he was 16 years old
Realizing his talent, Michael's grandfather paid for singing lessons. When Michael was 16 his grandfather traded plumbing services for time for Michael to sing on stage at nightclubs. Michael went by the stage name of Mickey Bubbles. At 18, Michael entered a local talent contest and won, but was later disqualified because he was too young to enter. The organizer, Bev Delich, entered Michael in a Canadian Youth Talent Search which he won. Delich would become his manager for the next 7 years.
He performed on television shows and self recorded 3 albums
Over the next couple of years, Michael Bublé performed in clubs, cruise ships, hotel lounges, talent shows, malls and conventions. In 1996 Michael released a self produced album "First Dance". That year he appeared on television in "Death Games" and an episode of "The X-Files". The following year, he appeared in a documentary on Bravo, "Big Band Boom!". Michael was a regular guests on Canada's national CTV talk show. He wrote two songs for the movie "Here's To Life!", "I've Never Been In Love Before" and "Dumb Ol' Heart". In 2001 Michael Bublé released a second self recorded album, "Babalu". The following year he released "Dream". In the meantime, Michael appeared as a Kareoke singer in the movie "Duets" and as a club owner in "Totally Blonde".
He quickly became successful in the early 2000's
Michael Bublé was quickly becoming a success in Canada and in other countries included the USA, Australia and the United Kingdom. Canada's Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney, heard Michael perform in Toronto and asked him to perform at his daughter's wedding. At the wedding, Michael performed "Mack the Knife". PM Mulroney introduced him to a guest, David Foster. David Foster is a well known record producer and executive. while Foster was impressed with Michael, he was not sure if he wanted to finance him to record an album because Michael's style was so different than anyone he worked with. Michael and his agent went to Los Angeles to convince Foster to help him make a studio album. Michael raised a half million dollars to pay for the recording. Pursuaded by his friend Paul Anka, Foster decided to produce the Michael's first studio album.
Michale Bublé's first professional self titled studio album was released in 2003 by David Foster's label 143 Records. It featured Michael's versions of standards including "Fever" and "The Way You Look Tonight". The album was an instant hit internationally and even hit #1 on the Australian charts. Michael released a Christmas album, "Let It Snow" the following year. He won the Juno Award for "Best New Artist of the Year" in 2004. Quickly becoming an international star, Michael appeared as a lounge singer on the American soap opera "Days of Our Lives" and as him self in the television series "Las Vegas". That year, he recorded a remix of the 1960's theme song for the animated show "Spiderman" for the film "Spiderman II". He also collaborated with the band Barenaked Ladies on a Christmas album single "Elf's Lament" as well as recording two songs for the soundtrack for the movie "Down With Love". In 2005 Michael Bublé released his second studio album "It's Time" which included classics "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Save The Last Dance For Me" as well as the original track "Home". The album was instantly on the top 10 charts in several countries. Michael appeared in a commercial for Starbucks' Frappuchino line where he sang "Come Fly With Me" from the album. In 2006 Michael won 4 Juno Awards and 2 Grammy Awards.
In 2007 Michael Bublé released his third studio album "Call Me Irresponsible" which included classics "Always On My Mind" and "Dreams". In 2009 the singer released his fourth studio album "Crazy Love" which included 12 tracks, 2 of which Michael wrote. One of his most popular original hits remains "Haven't Met You Yet". The following year, Michael appeared in Season 6 of "The X Factor", won 4 Juno Awards, and helped pass the Olympic Torch for the Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Michael Bublé continues to release studio albums regularly and remains active in television specials and touring although he took some time off when his son was ill. In 2013 he appeared in the ITV documentary "Michael Bublé Day Off" and a Christmas special that featured special guests David Foster, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. Michael released his tenth studio album "Heart" defined by its use of the heart emoji in the title. He appeared in a Super Bowl commercial for Bubly Sparkling Water. Michael Bublé is touring "An Evening With Michale Bublé" which was put on hold for a while during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early in his career, Michael Bublé was engaged to actress Debbie Timurs. The engagement didn't last. He later dated actress Emily Blunt from 2005 until 2008. Michael married Argentinian actress and singer Luisana Lopilato. They were married in 2011 and have three children, sons Noah and Elias and daughter Vida. In 2016 Noah was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma. Michael took the year off from work to be with his family as Noah underwent surgery and chemotherapy. Fortunately Noah is cancer free today. Michael Bublé currently lives with his wife and children in the town where he grew up, Burnaby in British Columbia, Canada. The large mansion is located across from Michael's elementary school. Neighbors initially complained about the high walls, but with added hedges and landscaping compliments the estate. it is worth $11.8 million, has 15 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and sits on 2.3 acres of land. Michael has mentioned that he'd like to build an ice hockey rink in the home's basement. Since 2008, Michael Bublé has been a co-owner of his favorite ice hockey team, The Canucks. He actually asks for a home team ice hockey puck in his dressing room wherever he tours. Michael has donated to several charity causes. In 2009 he donated a substantial sum of money to the victims of Victoria, Australia's tragic "Black Saturday" bush fires.
Written by Allen Lee
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