Michael Buble is a Canadian crooner jazz singer and actor. While achieving modest chart success in the US, his 2003 self-titled album has reached the top ten in Canada, the UK and Australia. A 2004 live album and video "Come Fly With Me" is in the Billboard music video charts as at May 1, 2004 and has reached the top 40 album charts in Australia. Artists thought to be cut from the same excellent cloth as Michael Buble include James Taylor, Josh Groban, and Bryan Adams.
Michael Buble was born in Burnaby, British Columbia in 1975. He grew up listening to his grandfather's collection of jazz records. On his website Buble highlights the importance of his grandfather in encouraging his musical tastes. "My grandfather was really my best friend growing up. He was the one who opened me up to a whole world of music that seemed to have been passed over by my generation. Although I like rock & roll and modern music, the first time my granddad played me the Mills Brothers, something magical happened. The lyrics were so romantic, so real... the way a song should be for me. It was like seeing my future flash before me. I wanted to be a singer and I knew that this was the music that I wanted to sing."
Buble's grandfather encouraged him to learn the standards that he loved and to enter a talent contest in Vancouver which he won before a later disqualification for being underage. Not discouraged, Buble won first prize in a Canadian Youth Talent Search at the age of 17.
For the next few years, Michael Buble pursued a musical career without great success. He appeared as Elvis in a Red Rock Diner road show and sung as a star of a musical revue called Forever Swing. He also appeared in an episode of Death Game in 1996. He recorded a couple of independent albums one as a present to his grandfather. Buble received two Genie awards in 2000 for songs he wrote for the film Here's To Life starring Eric McCormack.