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Michael Steve Bublé was born in September 1975 in British Colombia, Canada. Bublé had two great loves: music and ice hockey. From a very young age, Bublé dreamt of becoming a famous singer. His musical style of choice was jazz, which he picked up from his grandfather who had an extensive jazz record collection and encouraged the young boy’s interest in the music, paying for his singing lessons. His love of ice hockey dominated his teenage years and much as he hoped to become a professional ice hockey player, he realised that he just wasn’t good enough. He still retains an interest in the sport to this day and when appearing in concert, asks for a hockey puck from a local team to be put in his dressing room.
To earn money during the summer holidays, Bublé joined his father, a commercial salmon fisherman, on the boats. He later described the experience as “The most deadly physical work I’ll ever know in my lifetime. Working among guys over twice my age taught me a lot about responsibility and what it means to be a man”.
Bublé continued to sing throughout his teenage years, taking gigs in nightclubs and wherever else he could find. He entered and won a local talent contest when he was 18 but was subsequently disqualified due to his age, but it did put him in touch with Bev Delich, who was to become his manager for the next seven years. In the late 1990s, Bublé worked hard to break into the music business, taking every opportunity to sing in front of people whether in bars, clubs, on cruise ships or talent shows. He used his own money to record three albums during this time, although none were picked up by the record industry. “First Dance” was released in 1996; “Babalu” in 2001 and “Dream” in 2002.
During this time he did manage to get a regular stint on a national Canadian TV show but still the big time eluded him. By the time he was 25 years old, Bublé was considering giving up the music dream and returning to Vancouver. But then a chance meeting with a record producer changed his life.
Buble met record producer David Foster at the wedding reception for Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s daughter, where Bublé was entertaining guests. Foster recognised Buble’s talent but was unsure how to market him. However, he made him a deal. He would produce an album for the singer if Bublé could find half a million dollars to cover production costs. Bublé rose to the challenge and his debut album, “Michael Bublé” was finally released in February 2003 by 143 Records/Reprise Records.
The album was a collection of well-known songs such as “Moondance”, “Fever” and “You’ll Never find Another Love Like Mine”. It did well commercially particularly in Canada, the UK and Australia although it only reached 50 on the US Billboard album charts. Several songs from the album were included in the soundtrack release for the film “Down with Love” that starred Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
For his next release, Bublé targeted the Christmas market releasing an EP in November 2003 called “Let It Snow”, followed swiftly by a DVD which included footage of Bublé’s first tour which he had undertaken following the release of his debut album.
Bublé followed the formula of his debut album for his second release, “It’s Time”. The album included renditions of classic songs such as “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Save the Last Dance for Me”. It did considerably better than his first release staying at the top of the Billboard Top Jazz Chart for 78 weeks and remaining on the album chart for a further 26 weeks. The single releases had a mixed response with some making the top twenty whilst others barely made it into the charts.
In May 2007, Bublé released his third album called “Call Me Irresponsible”. The album stormed the US Billboard charts going to the number one spot in its second week of release and selling over five million copies worldwide. The single “Everything” went to number 46 on the US singles charts, which was the highest position Bublé had achieved to date.
His fourth album also went to the top of the US album charts. “Crazy Love” was released in October 2009 and Bublé promoted the album’s release by appearing on Oprah Winfrey’s show to perform the soon to be hit single, “Haven’t Met You Yet”. The album was a step in a new direction for Bublé as he co-wrote two of the tracks, the aforementioned “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “Hold On”. It was also recorded live to give it a more edgier feel, rather than an over-produced sound. The album went on to sell six million copies worldwide and won Bublé the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal album.
Bublé returned to Vancouver in February 2010 to take part in the torch relay for the Winter Olympics and also performed at the closing ceremony singing “Maple Leaf Forever”.
Over the years, Bublé has dabbled in acting, appearing as a karaoke singer in the movie “Duets”, a lounge performer in the long running US soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and in several episodes of the TV show, “The X Files”. In more recent years, he has appeared on the US comedy sketch show, Saturday Night Live and duetted with one of the finalists on the UK’s X Factor in December 2009.
Bublé’s private life has been the subject of much gossip but in May 2011, he broke many hearts when he married his Argentinean actress girlfriend in three separate wedding ceremonies.
It has been a long hard road to the top for Michael Bublé but he made his dreams come true and can count two Grammy Awards and over 35 million albums sold worldwide. There is no doubt we will see and hear much more of this Canadian singer. Ice hockey lost but music and the world gained a talented singer.