"Toronto Blue Jays, Donald Trump – [but] everything else is positive!" said Michael Bublé assuringly as he entered a room full of swooning fans in Toronto on Wednesday night (Oct. 19). While some were surely reeling from the city's baseball defeat and others anxiously anticipating the final presidential debate, the Canadian crooner was quick to move on to the task at hand: debuting his new album at the Nobody But Bublé…Up Close & Personal concert and Q&A.
The intimate event, presented by 98.1 CHFI and hosted by Erin Davis, saw the Vancouver-born father of two – he has Noah, 3, and nine-month-old Elias with wife Luisana Lopilato – perform tracks off his upcoming Nobody But Me album, set for release on October 21.
Dressed dapperly in a trim blue suit with floral shirt and patterned tie, Michael opened up onstage about making the leap to co-produce his ninth studio album and the gripping self-doubt he faced in the process. "I didn't sleep for nine months," he shared. "Delivering the record was one of the greatest feelings of my life. It was not on par with creating a kid but it was close."
He added that he hopes his musical "baby" produces the same kind of joy in listeners that he took in making it. "I'm not Bob Dylan. My job isn't to make people aware of the issues. My beautiful life and job is to take people away from [them]."
And that's just what he did as he removed his pocket square and tossed it into the audience before stepping up to the mic for his first performance of the night – the swinging title track "Nobody but Me." He crooned his way through two more hits off the album, including "The Very Thought of You," before capping the evening with an emotional rendition of "Home."