The son of a British Columbia-based salmon and herring fisherman, Michael Bublé spent the months his parents were away with his music-loving Italian grandfather, who introduced him to the singers who would become his idols: Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley.
‘These guys were triple threats,’ he says. ‘They could sing, they could dance, they could act. They were entertainers, and I believe that’s a lost art now.’
Bublé honed his skills as a showman through years of performing in hotel lounges and smoky bars — gigs his grandfather, a plumber, helped the underage singer secure by trading his plumbing services. In 2000, Bublé’s warm, engaging voice was captured in his debut album, an international smash, going Top Ten in the UK and Canada. The follow-up, It’s Time, sold more than 5.5 million copies and Michael's subsequent albums have gone on to sell a total of 25 million copies worldwide.
But along with his passion for creating great music in the studio, performing on stage is pure paradise for Michael Bublé. He is that rare thing – an entertainer of the highest order, worshipped by millions of fans across the globe. Now, for the first time, he has put his words on paper, alongside hundreds of exclusively shot photographs from all aspects of his life.