Michael Bublé is a Grammy-winning singer from Canada whose style is inspired by the likes of greats Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
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.
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 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).
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.
In 2003, Bublé's first major album was released. The self-titled record was a worldwide success, hitting No. 1 in Australia, going multiplatinum in many countries, and reaching the Top 10 in the UK as well as Canada. The debut album incorporated Bublé's multifaceted talents, especially his aptitude for lending a pop style to old classics such as "Fever," "Moondance" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" A world tour followed, and Bublé ended 2003 with a disc of Christmas tunes entitled "Let It Snow."
In 2004, Bublé officially arrived on the international music scene, winning Best New Talent at Canada's prestigious Juno Awards. His third album release, It's Time (2005), topped the success of his debut; it sold over five million copies worldwide and remained on the Billboard Jazz charts for two years. The album's single, "Home," was a fan favorite. The song shot to the No. 1 spot in more than 10 countries, and had the distinction of being the most played song on Canadian radio that year.
Buble's third album, Call Me Irresponsible, was released in 2007, and the album debuted at No. 3 on the Canadian charts. That album brought the singer his first Grammy win, taking Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
In December of 2008, Bublé branched out into the world of sports when he became a minority owner of the ice hockey team, the Vancouver Giants. He has also began taking on television projects, participating in a documentary called Music and the Brain on Canadian TV that discusses the scientific effects of music on human cognition. He then scored a special musical arrangement for a new episode of the hit American sitcom 30 Rock.
In October 2009, Buble released Crazy Love, featuring duets with Sharon Jones and Ron Sexsmith, followed by a six-song album Special Delivery (2010) and Christmas, a holiday album featuring duets with Shania Twain and Mexican singer Thalia. In 2013, Buble released To Be Loved, a mix of standards and pop songs, including a duet with actress Reese Witherspoon.
In addition to his popularity with fans, Buble has swept music award ceremonies all over the world, earning another Grammy in the U.S. (2009), one Juno award and five Juno nominations in Canada, a nomination at the Brit Awards and a nomination for an international ECHO award. He has gone on to win the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album a total of four times (2007, 2009, 2010, 2013). 
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