Michael Buble Biography
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This kid can really swing.
That, in a nutshell, sums up the extraordinary appeal of a 25 year-old Vancouver vocalist with a gift for making some of the greatest songs of all time entirely his own.
His name is Michael Bublé (pronounced Boo-blay) and the evidence of his singular swingness is on abundant display with his irresistible new Reprise/143 Records debut album. More than a tribute to the gold standard of music's most enduring songs; more than a homage to a bygone era of songwriting and performing: the thirteen tracks of Michael Bublé announce in no uncertain terms the arrival of a major new talent with a flair for infusing the familiar and beloved music with a fresh, original and utterly unique sensibility entirely his own.
Michael Bublé can, indeed, swing.
It's a precocious fondness evident virtually from the cradle, when Michael first began absorbing the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Keely Smith, Sarah Vaughan and Rosemary Clooney, with a liberal sprinkling of Stevie Wonder, Elvis, Bobby Darin, Vaughan Monroe and Ol' Blue Eyes. "My grandfather was really my best friend growing up," reveals Michael. "He was the one who opened me up to a whole world of music that seemed to have been passed over by my generation. Although I like rock & roll and modern music, the first time my granddad played me the Mills Brothers something magical happened. The lyrics were so romantic, so real'the way a song should be for me. It was like seeing my future flash before me. I wanted to be a singer and I knew that this was the music that I wanted to sing."
It was, in fact, his grandfather who proved instrumental in moving Michael toward a career in music. "He asked me, as a favor to him, to learn the songs that he loved so much," Michael continues. "It was kind of a guilt trip, but he didn't have to do much convincing. I started practicing and entered a local talent contest. I won the competition, but was later disqualified for being underage. That was when my granddad, who was a skilled plumber, started offering to do free work for musicians in town in exchange for letting me perform a few numbers with them on stage." A star was born, even as leaky faucets all over Vancouver were being repaired.
By the age 17 Michael already had a wealth of experience under his belt and knew decisively where he was heading. He garnered another first prize at the Canadian Youth Talent Search, recorded and released a series of independent albums and racked up invaluable chops as part of a U.S. road company for Red Rock Diner and a musical revue aptly titled Swing.
It was former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, himself a devoted fan of classic pop, who introduced Michael to fellow countryman David Foster, the multi-Grammy winning producer, performer, and Warner Bros. Records label executive, and by the time the young singer performed "Mack The Knife" at the wedding of Mulroney's daughter, the creative chemistry between the fledgling artist and the accomplished producer was complete. Michael was duly signed to Foster's own 143 Records through Reprise and work began in the spring of 2001 on his major label debut. "We were walking a fine line in the studio," explains Michael. "The last thing we wanted to do was a tribute album or a lounge act. We wanted to treat this music with the love and respect it deserves, but the important thing was to capture a spirit and energy and that wasn't confined to any particular musical era."
While Foster, with invaluable assistance from the producer's longtime collaborator Humberto Gatica, initially focused on the singer's consummate facility with pop standards, it quickly became clear that Michael's formidable skills reached far beyond the Thirties and Forties.
"We didn't end up where we thought we were going," Michael continues. "David and Humberto brought in a very wide range of material and I really started sparking to what was being presented. We were always careful to keep within my stylistic range, but we discovered, in that range, all kinds of music made the lineup.
The result is an album that effortlessly mixes such perennials as "For Once In My Life," "Fever" and "The Way You Look Tonight," with a rousing version of Van Morrison's "Moondance," a surprisingly evocative rendition of the Lou Rawl hit "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," and a rendering of the Bee Gees classic "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart," performed with the Bee Gees themselves, that takes its place among the very best version of the much-covered songs. "I think all these songs have something in common," Michael asserts. "They have a heart and a soul and the challenge of any singer is to connect with those qualities and make them real for the audience. Of course, these particular standards have been favorites of mine for as long as I can remember. But the newer material has that special something as well. It's a timeless quality."
But Michael also brings a quality entirely his own to these thirteen stellar tracks. "Michael hasn't just learned this music," concludes Foster. "He's lived it. He brings youthful energy to it, tough and tender at the same time and like nothing else I've ever heard. The great thing is, he's tapped into a repertoire that can last him fifty years. He's at the beginning of a very long career."
A half a century of swing. It just doesn't get any better than that.
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A Man who awakenes the senses | Reviewer: cheLLy | 11/27/13
I am music lover, when i heard one of his voice, a cool voice with a heart that captures the listener's heart. I love the tone of his voice so romantic .. Keep it up MIchael! wish you more great success! :) :) :) Long live!!!
wow omg | Reviewer: Chloe | 3/30/12
michael buble is the best singer every i dont understand why everyone cant be as amazing as him. I dont really like men singers but when my mum put on his music I was in love!!!
I love you michael <3 xxx
A BEAUTIFUL MAN WITH A BEAUTIFIL VOICE | Reviewer: Brenda Day | 10/1/11
Michael has the most beautiful voice I have ever
heard,he is warm sincere, and passionate in every
song he sings. His songs are moving and full of
emotion, and a pleasure to listen to, I especially like You ll never find another love
like mine. Keep singing Michael and I will keep
(: | Reviewer: Cori | 9/29/10
Ive always loved Michael and always will (:
He was amazing at his concert and even sang without a micophone and was even more amazing than i could have thought, if thats even possible. I love Michael (:
amazing magical | Reviewer: Rose | 5/17/10
This is rhe second time i've seen Michael Buble in concert and he just amazing. His voice is unique and i could listen to him night after night. I love the fact he connects with the audience and is just so natural.
Never change Michael your just gorgeous and wonderful and i'm so happy i could be a part of your amazing concert it was the best birthday ever. Long may you continue thankyou xxxx
GREAT PERFORMANCE LOUSY VENUE | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/1/10
On March 30th I had the wonderful luck to see Michael perform at the Denver Pepsi Center. The part of the performance that I thoroughly enjoyed were the few seconds when Michael sang without the mic. The Pepsi Center is a typical sports venue without adequate acoustics to support a singer's talents. To compensate for the absent acoustics, amplification is cranked up to a level that ruins the clarity and the quality of a singer's voice. I'm hoping for the day that Michael can afford to appear in a more intimate venue. Perhaps Macky Auditorium on the CU campus or my living room? If this ever happens, I hope it will be soon since I'm already 61.
Go Micheal! | Reviewer: Therese (: | 2/15/10
I have recently started listening to his music and instantly was in love. He sure has that power to make you turn you head and listen. He has been given and amazing talent and it is that he should really give thanks for. You go Micheal!
Crazy Love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/21/10
Michael Buble is the best singer known to man.The moment I first heard him sing I fell in love. He has one of the best voices I have ever heard. He has so much talent,and he is a beautiful, beautiful man. You have a lucky girlfriend Michael.
brand new fan XD | Reviewer: Rubi | 1/14/10
only word i can think of to describe michael's voice,music&career...
he's an amazing guy,such beautiful voice,&so much talent,i've known his music for a while,but he completely won me with 'Haven't met you yet' now i'm a declared fan,every single song is unique.
we love you michael
you keep on swinging kid
love from Mexico
p.s what a lucky girlfriend you have
I remember when............. | Reviewer: sherry regimbel | 1/4/10
My girlfriend and I first saw you in the basement of the Hudsons Bay store in Victoria, singing among the sports equipment.....we both looked at each other and said "this boy is going places"............how right we were.......to the Palace to meet the Queen for instance...Wow! Dont change Michael, stay as you are and always remember your Canadian roots, as I know you will.......You are definitely on a roll, and we couldnt be more proud of you.........
uterly inlove | Reviewer: Hayley #1 fan | 12/13/09
All you would have to do is look at the amount of pictures on my comupter and the look on my face weneva i see him on anything to know how in love one person could be with the HOT and AMAZINGLY talented Michael Buble! i play the piano and sing abit and ssooo aspire to make a duet cd with him=) or jst marry him:p
WONDERFUL | Reviewer: DAWNMARE | 9/12/09
I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO HIS MUSIC SINCE 12YEARS OLD I AM 14TEEN AND AM SO INSPRIED BY HIM. MY GRANDFATHER WAS MY BEST FRIEND AND WE WOULD LISTEN TO TONY BENNET AND ONE NIGHT MY MOM SAID LOOK AT THIS WONDERFUL SINGER HE IS HIS AN OLD SOUL,WITH HIS OWN TOUCH I MYSELF LOVE TO SING AND WRITE BUT WITH HIS WAY OF SINIGING HAS INSPIRED ME TO BE OPEN TO ALL MUSIC MY GRANFATHER HAS PASSED AND MICHAEL HAS MADE ME SO AT EASE AT TIMES HE BRINGS THE OLD WITH THE NEW. I MISS MY GRANDFATHER MORE THEN WORDS CAN SAY. BUT YOU SEE HE SAYS THAT WITH LIGHT AND HOPE. KEEP GOING I KNOW ILL BE TELLING MY FAMILY ONE DAY HOW LONG IM WATCHING YOU XOXOXO
Wow. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/23/09
Just plain wow. He's hot. He's a GR8T singer. What else could you ask for? *For him to be single!* :P ;P Definetly a moderne Sinatra or Dean Martin. Keep on swinging Michael! ;P
P.S. Micheal if u r reading this, Please tell your e mail address so people can contact u :D thanks!
NOT an ordinary man | Reviewer: Savannah | 6/8/09
Michael Buble is an incredible singer!! i am very young(not going to say how old) and i know that he is not an ordinary man...he has one of the most beautiful yet strongest voices i have ever heard! i honestly wish that i will be able to meet him someday! i like many if not all kinds of music yet this kind stands out to me the most!! the lyrics of Michael's songs are incredibly strong and flattery! any young lady would and should be proud and amazed to be his wife and or girlfriend. I don't know if he is one of the men that want a girl drooling of him or a man that like the women that let go a bit...but even being an acquaintance would be amazing. his lyrics are to die for. i almost want to kill my boyfriend for not being so 'romantic' if you will..michael's lyrics are just so amazing you can't describe them!! i also don't know if he 'goes along' with these lyrics but if he does..he has to be one of the sweetest men you will ever meet!! he has inspired me to write music and to sing..whether or not my voice sounds good is the ?...thank you so very much Michael Buble!!
The unique Canadian Michael Buble. | Reviewer: Huguette Stadelmann | 3/1/09
Every time Michael Buble is on David Foster Show,
I never miss watching him and never get tired night after night.
He is top for me. His voice his presentation are unique. he has a long road ahead. He has a voice to last forever.
Michael, will keep on singning. I predict for him a long career like Sinatra.
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