- 01:02 PM, Jan 19
Born as Michael Steven Buble on September 9, 1975, Michael Buble got his singing talent noticed by his family when he was heard singing "White Christmas" at the age of 15. He then went to singing class and had his first on-stage performance in nightclubs when he was 16. His grandfather, who was a plumber and never stops believing that someday he would become a big star, offered free plumbing services in exchange of stage spotlight for him.
Two years later, Michael won a local contest but sadly he was disqualified because he was underage. He participated in another competition, Canadian Youth Talent Search and was crowned the champion again. Still unsigned, he dropped an indie album called "First Dance" in 1996. Michael made his first TV performance in 1997 on Bravo's documentary "Big Band Boom!" and decided to give up his dream as a singer in 2000.
Before he moved back to Vancouver to pursue a career as a journalist, Michael got his chance to get signed to major label. This happened when he was invited to sing at a friend's wedding and introduced to Grammy-winning producer David Foster. After signed to David's label, he started recording his self-titled album "Michael Buble in 2001 and released it in February 2003.
Certified platinum, Michael's album reached the Top 50 of Billboard Hot 200 and reigned Australian and New Zealand charts. This effort also made him winning Best New Talent at 2004 Juno Awards and was nominated for Album of the Year at the same event.
Michael followed up the eponymous record with another studio project titled "It's Time" in 2005, the same year he called off his engagement to long-time girlfriend Debbie Timuss whom he dated long before he claimed his fame. This album was more successful than its predecessor. It climbed to number 7 on Billboard Hot 200 and ruled at least six other album charts.
Michael also got four awards, Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year, all of which were from 2006 Juno Awards. He was even nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys but lost to Tony Bennett. During this year, he met Emily Blunt and dated her.
Michael's third studio installment came out in 2007 under the title "Call Me Irresponsible". The success of this album passed its predecessor. It debuted