Location: AMERICA NORTH: Canada: Ontario
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Born and raised in Ste-Louise, a small village on the lower St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Michel lived in Montreal for 15 years before moving to Toronto where he spent 16 years recording and performing everywhere from The Top ‘o’ The Senator, to Casino Rama to the prestigious Town Hall in New York City.
In 2004, Michel’s independent radio release of O Holy Night was so well received he followed it up with an album that included a duet with Grammy Award winner Jennifer Warnes and from which four more tracks were added to radio playlists across North America. One of the tracks was selected for an EMI compilation of popular Christmas songs and Universal Music Canada also included Michel’s songs on two of their compilations (A Canadian Christmas I and II).
Michel has shared the bill with the likes of The Faith Chorale, Jackie Richardson, Amy Sky, Steven Page, José Feliciano and Kenny Rogers to name a few and is respected by his colleagues and music industry insiders alike. Famed fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and Canadian Jazz icon Guido Basso have recorded with the Quebec native and pop icons and Grammy award-winning artists Jennifer Warnes and Chrissie Hynde were both so impressed by his talent they recorded duets with Michel.
Michel’s three night-solo performances at Toronto’s Fleck Theatre in the Spring of 2009 had audiences on their feet demanding encores and Karen Gordon from CBC Radio said that “he was born to sing Brel”. A video clip can be viewed of the VIDEO page.
In the autumn of 2012, Jennifer Warnes asked Michel to join her on the Ontario leg of her tour to perform her famous duet Up Where We Belong, making Michel the only singer other than Joe Cocker to ever sing this iconic duet with Jennifer.
Michel partnered with Mark Lalama (Canadian Idol) as the Musical Director for his Fleck Theatre appearances and as the producer of his single Mama’s Words. Their collaboration on HYMNES À L’AMOUR, a compilation of Michel’s favourite French songs by Luc Plamondon, Édith Piaf and Michel Legrand, among others, as well as his much anticipated duet with Chrissie Hynde received praise in Quebec and the Duet with Chrissie Hynde was added to stations across the province.
His first mainstream single, Through Your Eyes was called “brilliant” by industry insider Larry Leblanc (Billboard Magazine, Canada). In 2009, Michel's original Christmas song, Mama’s Words was the fifth most popular Christmas song on Canadian radio charts in its second week of release, prompting numerous calls to radio stations and emails to Michel from people who were touched by the song's message.
For the past couple of years Michel’s focus has been on renovating an historic home in Prince Edward County, hosting a bi-weekly radio program of French music, playing hockey and generally soaking up country life. But he has returned to the studio once again with Mark Lalama to record a new Christmas song slated for release in early November.
And there are other projects in the works for this talented singer. Stay tuned
“An exceptional range and strong, flexible voice”
- John Terauds, Toronto Star
“I am totally blown away . . . Michel sounds magnificent... THIS IS JUST BRILLIANT."
- Larry LeBlanc (ex rédacteur-en-chef, Billboard Magazine)
"Michel has such a lovely voice”
- Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
"When I heard his voice, his fine, beautiful, gorgeous voice, that was it... he's great"
- Jennifer Warnes
"Bérubé’s versatile voice belts out a spine-tingling finish in MinuitChretien."
- LUXE Magazine
“clear, lovely and straightforwardly earnest…Bérubé’s voice is unfailingly warm and sincere”
- Women’s Post Magazine
“a fitting showcase for his sweet voiced talents”
- Canadian House & Home Magazine