While his generation was plugging into synthesizers and spinning turntables, Michael Bublé was tuning in to music from a bygone era: the slick stylings of 1950s crooners. The Canadian singer has since been hailed as a successor to Frank Sinatra, his childhood idol. And like Old Blue Eyes, Bublé is doing it his way, injecting his repertoire with a contemporary edge and integrating his experiences into original compositions. Described by the New York Times as "an entertainer who is completely at home on the stage," the artist maintains a close rapport with his audience, no matter how large his following becomes.
The son of a fisherman, Bublé grew up in British Columbia. He honed his skills as a showman by performing in hotel lounges and smoky bars - gigs his grandfather, a plumber, helped the underage singer to secure. While still a teenager, Bublé won the Canadian Youth Talent Search, released several independent albums and performed in a musical revue that toured the United States.
By the time he was introduced to Grammy-winning producer David Foster, the singer was ready for the big time. He signed his first major recording contract with Reprise Records soon after.
In early 2003, Bublé's self-titled debut album was released, featuring jazzed up renditions of standards like Fever, as well newer classics such as Van Morrison's Moondance. His "fresh yet familiar" voice gave the material new life, winning over critics and audiences.
That same year, he appeared at the Festival in the intimate Cabaret Music-Hall, a perfect setting for the dynamite live performer. Thanks to an international tour, widespread media coverage and release of a Christmas album, the emerging singer's breakout "moment" stretched over an entire year. He was also recognized as Best New Talent at the Juno Awards.
In 2004, Bublé followed up with the album and DVD Come Fly With Me, which features live recordings from the charismatic showman's world tour as well as two new studio tracks. The next year, he released It's Time, an international hit that sold more than 5.5 million copies and won him the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, his first. In 2005, Bublé returned to the Festival before it had even officially begun, performing two pre-opening concerts at the Salle Wilfred-Pelletier.
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Another live recording, Caught in the Act, and Christmas album later, and Bublé was ready to release his third studio effort, Call Me Irresponsible, in 2007. Featuring two original compositions, including Everything, an acoustic-driven single for which he took home the Grammy for Best Male Pop Performance in 2008, the album continued the modern day crooner's mix of contemporary pop covers and big band standards. It reached number one in its second week on the Billboard charts.
In 2009, the singer released his third CD/DVD album, Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden, documenting his anticipated live performance at the famed New York City venue. With his usual sparkling charisma and warm stage manner, Bublé looked right at home as an artist born to perform. Later in the year, the singer released another studio record, Crazy Love. To Be Loved followed in 2013.