Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He has won numerous awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK.Wikipedia
Michael Bublé thought he knew what love was. After all, he’s sold more than 60 million albums worldwide singing about the subject. But it turns out he had a lot to learn.
The week that his last album, 2016’s Nobody But Me was released, Bublé and his family went through an emotional journey that informed and changed his life.. He was understandably unsure how or if music was going to remain part of his life. “What the experience did was give me a real perspective. It completely changed my outlook on what mattered and what was important to me.”
But the desire to express himself creatively slowly came back into focus when Bublé invited his band mates over to his house, not with the intention of making music, but simply to enjoy each other’s company and drink, eat pizza and play video games.
“Once we got bored with that, we started jamming and there was this wonderful click, this moment where I went, ‘Oh, yeah! I forgot how much I loved this’,” Bublé recalls. “I think I just needed a little helpful reminder.” The concept for the new album (pronounced love) flowed. “Then, the only question was not ‘Am I going back to work.’ It was ‘Can I do it on my terms? Can I do the songs I love with the people I love the way that I love and do it with pure joy and bliss?’ And once I knew that was possible, it was a go.”
Bublé’s vision entailed looking at love in all its facets, both sacred and profane. “This would be my group of short stories that would be my theory of love,” he says. “The good, the bad, the light, the dark, and I think that took a lot of pressure off of [Bublé’s co-producers] David Foster and Jochem van der Saag and me. There was just great ease of having done our homework and knowing what the record was.”
His mission became clearer as he picked the songs — or as he says, “I know it sounds so artsy-fartsy, but I think the songs chose me. It’s strange how the universe will just drop things into your lap.”
His return to the studio came with a purity of purpose and an even stronger sense of connection with his fans, whose unyielding outpouring of support lifted him and his family through the darkest times. “Going through what my family went through also gave me faith in people and humanity,” he says. “I just felt really blessed in a lot of different ways— obviously with the outcome with my boy and I also felt like I had been blessed with this wonderful opportunity in my life to do something that I love that could maybe have the positive impact out in the world that the world had on us.”
And now, as love goes out into the world, Bublé hopes the music reaches those who might need to hear it the most and provide comfort to those in distress. “There are people that are gonna hear these songs and they're gonna be inspired to fall in love and there are people who are gonna hear these songs and they're gonna be hurting,” he says. “They're gonna be, in many ways going through tough stuff. And if one of these songs lifts them out of that, if it can carry them to another day, I think then I'm doing my job and I think I'm being responsible for the gifts I've been given.”