His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the United Kingdom. It was also his fourth number one album on Billboard 's Top Jazz Albums chart. His holiday album, Christmas , was in first place on the Billboard for the final four weeks of and the first week of , totalling five weeks atop the chart, it also made the top 5 in the United Kingdom. With this, Christmas became his third-consecutive number-one album on the chart. To Be Loved was released in April He and his siblings were raised Roman Catholic. When he was a teenager, he slept with his Bible and prayed to become a singer.
His break came in when he sang at the wedding of the daughter of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney , who introduced him to the Grammy Award -winning producer and arranger David Foster. His first Christmas recording, the extended-play release Let It Snow! He subsequently recorded another holiday-themed album, Christmas , and his effervescent To Be Loved won the Grammy Award for best traditional pop vocal album.
Since then, he has had several No. Thanks to famed artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, it wasn't too long before young Michael decided that he wanted to follow in their famous footsteps. Even still, she was so impressed by his talents that she suggested he enter the British Columbia Youth Talent Search instead. In the meantime, Santanga had spread the word that he would offer free plumbing service for anyone who could provide career opportunities for his grandson. Two years later, the couple moved to Toronto to perform in the cast of another musical revue; this time a big band effort called Forever Swing At the event, he wowed the bride and her guests with a rendition of Kurt Weill's "Mack the Knife. During the festivities, the singer was introduced to wedding guest David Foster, a Grammy-winning producer and Warner Bros. The self-titled record was a worldwide success, hitting No. His third album release, It's Time , topped the success of his debut; it sold over five million copies worldwide and remained on the Billboard Jazz charts for two years.