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Michael Bublé is a Grammy-winner singer from Canada, his style inspired by the likes of greats Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
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Born on September 9, 1975, in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, Michael Buble is a classic jazz and soul singer who cites Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald as his major influences. At age 17 he entered and won the British Columbia Youth Talent Search, launching his career. Since then,
"I wanted to be a singer and I knew that this was the music that I wanted to sing."
"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."
he has had several No. 1 songs and albums and has won several awards.
Singer and actor Michael Steven Bublé was born on September 9, 1975, in Burnaby, British Columbia. Bublé's father, Lewis, was often out at sea. This left his mother, Amber, and grandfather, Demetrio Santanga, as the primary caregivers for Bublé; and his two younger sisters, Crystal and Brandee.
Santanga's huge collection of records was the foundation of Bublé's passion for classic jazz and soul music. Thanks to famed artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, it wasn't too long before young Michael decided that he wanted to follow in their famous footsteps. Said Bublé, "I wanted to be a singer and I knew that this was the music that I wanted to sing."
With the encouragement of his grandfather, Bublé entered and won a local talent contest. When the organizer, Beverly Delich, later discovered that Buble was only 17—one year younger than the contest requirements—she disqualified him. Even still, she was so impressed by his talents that she suggested he enter the British Columbia Youth Talent Search instead. Having learned all of his grandfather's favorite tunes, Bublé entered the British Columbia competition and won.
Bublé's success prompted Delich to help him record his first independent CD. In the meantime, Santanga had spread the word that he would offer free plumbing service for anyone who could provide career opportunities for his grandson. Bublé became a regular at several local music venues.
In 1996, Bublé landed a role portraying Elvis in the Vancouver run of the musical Red Rock Diner, and soon caught the eye of Debbie Timuss, a fellow dancer and singer in the production. Two years later, the couple moved to Toronto to perform in the cast of another musical revue; this time a big band effort called Forever Swing (1998).
But Bublé's real break came during a performance at a party for Michael McSweeney, a former advisor to the Canadian Prime Minister. McSweeney was so impressed with Bublé's performance that he began circulating the performer's independent album, which soon fell into the hands of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his wife. In 2000, the couple invited Buble to sing at their daughter's wedding. At the event, he wowed the bride and her guests with a rendition of Kurt Weill's "Mack The Knife."
During the festivities, the singer was introduced to wedding guest David Foster, a Grammy-winning producer and Warner Bros. music executive. The following year, Foster signed Buble to the 143 Records label, and the two began work on the singer's first major-label release.
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