Blast from the past

Gillian Perazzo

Michael Bublé (pronounced Boo-blay), a 25-year-old Vancouver native, made his debut last Valentine’s Day with his first major release from 143 Records/Reprise Records.

Bublé, a devilishly handsome Canadian, has arrived on the modern music scene with the jingles of past generations. Growing up with the influences of his parents’ music, Bublé’s debut album is a culmination of these early inspirations. With classics such as “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “That’s All,” a ’40s style rendition of Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” George Michael’s “Kissing A Fool” and the Bee Gee’s “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart,” Bublé wraps you in his sultry sounds, but nevertheless stays true to the song. Bublé has a specific vocal sex appeal from the days of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin that is certain to appeal to his generation.

Bublé grew up in Vancouver where he waited tables, worked at beer and wine stores and fixed leaky pipes, but in the back of his mind, there was always his music. “At about seven-year-old, around the house I started to hear Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and I knew that that style of music was something I loved, and I had a very close relationship with my grandpa,” Bublé said. “He really opened my eyes to this whole genre of music and together, he helped me learned a lot of great tunes.”

Bublé was discovered singing at a mutual friend’s wedding by Grammy-winning producer, David Foster. Foster was drawn in by Bublé sensual sounds as well as his love of the music and signed Bublé to his personal record company, 143 Records, a branch of Reprise Records. “While everyone else his age was listening to Nirvana and Pearl Jam while they were growing up,” Foster said. “Michael was listening to Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin and Louie Prima. And that’s when his music reflects – he’s not a copy of any of those people but he’s a healthy combination of all those people of that genre, and he lives and breathes this kind of music and you feel it when you listen to his album.” Work began on the debut album in the spring of 2001.

Already a hit in the United Kingdom, Bublé has been traveling in the states and was in Philadelphia last week. He recorded “For Once in My Life” for the summer chick flick, “Down With Love” starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor and “Come Fly With Me” for the romantic comedy “Two Weeks Notice” with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock. Building off the standards trailblazed by Harry Connick Jr., Jane Monheit and Norah Jones, Bublé’s future looks bright.

Simply put, Bublé confidently states, “I’m in love with what I do.” And that’s all.