Michael Bublé is a diamond certified Canadian recording artist. He has won 12 JUNO awards and grew up in Burnaby, BC, the city now notorious for its Metrotown demovictions. Similar to The Rock, whose success in wrestling followed an unpromising football career with the Calgary Stampeders, Michael hit the big time in singing after a stint with acting, including small roles in The X-Files. Specializing in big band swing jazz but also dabbling in both traditional and modern pop, easy listening, and adult contemporary, Bublé has released his 9th career album (7th with a major label), Nobody but Me. The album consists of both original songs (mostly pop) and covers (mainly jazz). Michael has stated in interviews that this album is the best reflection of his own personality. He had a major hand in its production, working mainly with his long-time collaborator Alan Chang as well as Johan Carlsson. The tracks were recorded in both Los Angeles, USA and Vancouver, Canada.
Michael co-wrote album opener “I Believe in You” and track #3, title-track “Nobody but Me” which features rapper Black Thought. Track #2, “My Kind of Girl”, was originally recorded in 1961 by Matt Monro and track #4 “On an Evening in Roma” in 1959 by Dean Martin. “Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow” was penned by composer Ross Golan who has co-written such hit songs as “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande.
“The Very Thought of You” was written in 1934 by Ray Noble and popularized by Bing Crosby. “I Wanna Be Around” by Johnny Mercer and Sadie Vimmerstedt was published in 1959 and recorded by Aretha Franklin in 1962, though the best-known version is perhaps Tony Bennett’s in 1963. Original pop song “Someday” features Meghan Trainor. She wrote it with former One Direction member Harry Styles.
“My Baby Just Cares for Me” was written by Walter Donaldson Gus Kahn for the film version of the musical comedy Whoopee in 1930. It became a signature tune for Eddie Cantor who sang it in the movie. “God Only Knows” is a song of The Beach Boys, released in 1966 from the group’s famous album Pet Sounds. Michael turns it into a delicate piano ballad.
A deluxe version of the album contains a few more tracks.
Michael Bublé will be appearing in a BBC Special to perform songs from the album with some of his classics, and he will be hosting the British JUNOs, i.e. the BRIT Awards, in early 2017.