Michael Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He became a naturalized Italian citizen in 2005. He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.
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1. Michael Steven Bublé was born 9 September 1975 in Burnaby, British Columbia.
2. He is the son of Lewis Bublé, a salmon fisherman, and Amber (née Santaga).
3. He has two younger sisters, Brandee, a children’s book author, and Crystal, an actress.
4. The siblings were raised in the Roman Catholic faith.
5. He attended Seaforth Elementary School and Cariboo Hill Secondary School.
6. According to an Oprah interview on 9 October 2009, Bublé dreamed of becoming a famous singer since he was two years old. When he was a teenager, he slept with his Bible and prayed to become a singer.
7. Bublé’s interest in jazz music began around age five when his family played Bing Crosby’s White Christmas album at Christmastime.
8. The first time his family noticed his singing talent was at Christmastime when Bublé was 13 years old, and they heard him powerfully sing the phrase “May your days be merry and bright” when the family was singing to the song “White Christmas” on a car ride.
9. Bublé had a strong passion for ice hockey and wanted to become a professional hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks growing up, but believed he was not good at it, stating: “I wanted so bad to be a hockey player… If I was any good at hockey, I probably wouldn’t be singing right now.”
10. Bublé often played hockey in his youth, watched Vancouver Canucks games with his father and said that he “went to every single home game as a kid… I remember I wanted to be Gary Lupul, I wanted to be Patrik Sundstrom and Ivan Hlinka. I used to think that being named Michael Bublé was pretty cool because I was close to being called Jiri Bubla.”
11. Bublé shared his hockey interest with his grandfather.
12. From the age of 14, Bublé spent six years working during the summer as a commercial fisherman with his father and crewmates.
13. Bublé described his work experience as “The most deadly physical work I’ll ever know in my lifetime. We’d be gone for two, sometimes three months at a time and the experience of living and working among guys over twice my age taught me a lot about responsibility and what it means to be a man.
14. His first singing engagements were in nightclubs at the age of 16 and were facilitated by his Italian grandfather Demetrio Santagà, a plumber originally from the small town of Preganziol, in the district of Treviso, who offered his plumbing services in exchange for stage time for his grandson.
15. Bublé’s grandfather paid for his singing lessons. One of his vocal instructors was Joseph Shore, the opera baritone.
16. His maternal grandfather never stopped believing that he would become a star. Bublé’s maternal grandmother, Iolanda, was also Italian, from Carrufo, Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi, Italy.
17. His father is also of Italian descent.
18. His original brush with entertainment was as a children’s entertainer using the name Mickey Bubbles.
19. Bublé grew up listening to his grandfather’s collection of jazz records and credits his grandfather in encouraging his love for jazz music.
20. Bublé never stopped believing he would become a star but admitted he was probably the only one who believed in his dream, stating that even his maternal grandfather thought Bublé was going to be “an opening act for somebody in Las Vegas”.
21. He stated he never learned to read and write music, using only emotion to drive his songwriting ability.
22. At the age of 18, Bublé entered a local talent contest and won. But after winning, he was disqualified by organizer Bev Delich because he was underage.
23. After that, Delich entered Bublé in the Canadian Youth Talent Search, which he won.
24. Following that win, Bublé asked Delich to be his manager. Delich signed on and represented Bublé for the next seven not-so-fruitful years.
25. According to Delich, Bublé would do every gig imaginable, including talent shows, conventions, cruise ships, malls, hotel lounges, bars, clubs, corporate gigs, musical revues, singing telegrams, and even the occasional singing Santa Claus gig.
26. In 1996, Bublé appeared in TV’s Death Game (aka Mortal Challenge) as a Drome Groupie. Also in 1996, he appeared (uncredited) in two episodes of The X-Files as a member of a submarine crew.
27. Bublé’s first national TV performance was on a 1997 award-winning Bravo! documentary titled Big Band Boom!, directed by Mark Glover Masterson.
28. Beginning in 1997, he became a frequent guest on Vicki Gabereau’s national talk show on the CTV network. During its first season, the Vancouver-based program aired live, which ultimately worked in Bublé’s favour.
29. When a scheduled guest was forced to cancel, the show’s music producer often asked Bublé to fill in at the last minute.
30. The Gabereau appearances provided Bublé with great exposure, but they also helped the singer hone his television skills as a performer and as an interview guest. In a mutual show of gratitude, Bublé appeared on the final Gabereau show in 2005, along with Jann Arden and Elvis Costello.
31. Bublé received two Genie Award-nominations in 2000 for two songs he wrote for the film Here’s to Life! (“I’ve Never Been in Love Before”, “Dumb ol’ Heart”). He recorded three independent albums (First Dance, 1996; Babalu, 2001; Dream, 2002).
32. Bublé was engaged to actress Debbie Timuss, who appeared with him in the musicals Red Rock Diner in 1996 and Dean Regan’s Forever Swing in 1998.
33. Timuss was listed as one of the dedicatees in Bublé’s self-titled album Michael Bublé and It’s Time, and as background vocalist on It’s Time.
34. While away in Italy, Bublé co-wrote the hit single “Home” for Timuss.Timuss was featured in the music video for “Home”.
35. Their engagement ended in November 2005 and reportedly inspired Bublé to write “Lost”.
36. During an appearance at Australian television’s Logie Awards in 2005, Bublé met British actress Emily Blunt and they soon began dating.
37. Blunt provided background vocals on Bublé’s song “Me and Mrs. Jones” and the song “Everything” was reportedly penned by Bublé for her.
38. After his relationship with Blunt ended in July 2008,Bublé began dating Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato.
39. Bublé and Lopilato became engaged in November 2009 and married in March 2011 in Buenos Aires.
40. On 27 August 2013, Lopilato gave birth to their son Noah.
41. Their second son, Elias, was born on 22 January 2016.
42. Bublé co-wrote the hit single “Haven’t Met You Yet” for Lopilato while they were dating and she appeared in his music video.
43. Noah was diagnosed with cancer in November 2016.
44. Michael Bublé found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It’s Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts.
45. Bublé’s 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 after three days of sales, and remained there for two weeks. It was also his fourth number one album on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart.
46. His 2011 holiday album, Christmas, was in first place on the Billboard 200 for the final four weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012, totaling five weeks atop the chart, it also made the Top 5 in the United Kingdom.
47. Christmas became his third-consecutive number-one album on the chart.
48. To Be Loved, released in April 2013, was preceded by the release of the lead single and original composition “It’s a Beautiful Day”. “Close Your Eyes” followed, and “After All” featuring Bryan Adams was performed by him as a UK exclusive and posted on YouTube in late September 2013.