With the success of 2013’s To Be Loved, Canadian crooner Michael Bublé has once again proven that the classics are alive and well in popular music. Bublé may sing old songs, but young people love him – his modern take on standards, along with a voice that has drawn comparisons to Frank Sinatra and Elvis, have made him one of the top-selling Canadian vocalists since Celine Dion. To Be Loved contains some nice surprises, including a cover of The Beegees “To Love Somebody” and a duet with Reese Witherspoon of Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s “Somethin’ Stupid,” but for the most part it’s classic Bublé. Back on the road in 2013, Bublé continues to charm audiences with his throwback performance style – a ticket to see him LIVE in concert on the To Be Loved tour is the closest fans can get to the golden age of lounge without stealing a DeLorean.
Despite his universal appeal, Bublé is Canadian to the core – as a boy he dreamed of becoming a professional ice hockey player, and during his teens he spent six years working as a commercial fisherman with his father. His family first discovered his potential as a vocalist after hearing him sing along to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” and at age 16 his grandfather got him his first show singing in a nightclub. After years of relentless gigging, Bublé finally caught the eye of award-winning producer David Foster, who produced and released his self-titled 2003 debut. The album was a success, but nothing compared to what followed – beginning with Call Me Irresponsible in 2008, Bublé released four consecutive number one albums, including Crazy Love (2009), Christmas (2011), and To Be Loved (2013), earning two Grammys for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album along the way.