Personnel: Jamie Edwards, Alan Chang (guitar, piano, keyboards); Bosco Mann (guitar, electric bass); Bob Rock, Graham Dechter, Joel Shearer, Joe Crispiano, Lyle Workman, Michael Landau, Rusty Anderson, Keith Scott, Andrew Synowiec, Binky Griptite (guitar); Ram¢n Stagnaro (flamenco guitar); Katie Kirkpatrick, Gayle Levant (harp); Joel Pargman, Assa Drori, David Ewart, John Wittenberg, Marisa Kuney, Irina Voloshina, Songa Lee, Nina Evtuhov, Katia Popov, Lorand Lokuszta, Ina Veli, Ana Landauer, Helen Nightengale, Shari Zippert, Richard Adkins , Pam Gates, Geraldo Hilera, Phillip Levy , Grace Oh, Kathleen Sloan, Kathleen Robertson , Michele Richards, Marc Sazer, Tamara Hatwan, Mario de Le¢n, Lily Ho Chen, Yelena Yegoryan, Gina Kronstadt, Radu Pieptea, Jenny Takamatsu, Joel Derouin, Kevin Connolly , Julie Rogers, Sid Page, Jacqueline Brand , Yvette Devereaux, Bruce Dukov, Julie Gigante, Natalie Leggett, Marisa McLeod, Sara Parkins, Robert Peterson, Neel Hammond, Daphne Chen, Armen Anassian, Carol Pool, Darius Campo, Josefina Vergara, Susan Chatman, Belinda Broughton, Christian Hebel, Caroline Campbell, Mark Cargill, Charlie Bisharat, Tereza Stanislav (violin); Cameron Patrick, Caroline Buckman, Shawn Mann, Carolyn Riley, Thomas Diener, Marlow Fisher, Luke Maurer, Matthew Funes, Kate Reddish, Karie Prescott, Karen Elaine, Eric Rynearson, Robert Brophy , Brian Dembow, Dave Walther , Rodney Wirtz, Alma Fernandez, Darrin McCann, Andrew Duckles (viola); Jenni Olson , Dan Higgins, Stuart Clark , John Mitchell J. , Gene Cipriano, Heather Clark, Greg Huckins, Larry Kaplan, Larry Williams , Joel Peskin, Pete Christlieb, Rusty Higgins, Tom Scott, Jeff Driskill, Brandon Fields (reeds); Chuck Findley, Willie Murillo, Dan Fornero, Gary Grant, Gilbert Castellanos, Wayne Bergeron, Jumaane Smith, Bryan Lipps (trumpet, flugelhorn); Daniel Kelley , Danielle Ondarza, James Thatcher, Nathan Campbell , Steven Becknell, Jenny Kim, Amy Sanchez, Lisa McCormick, Jonathan Johnson, Mark Adams (French horn); William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone, tuba); Reggie Young , Charlie Loper, Nick Lane, Andy Martin, Craig Gosnell (trombone); Doug Tornquist (tuba); Leon Michels (piano, keyboards); Otmaro Ru¡z (piano); Lou Pomanti (keyboards); Chuck Berghofer, Rene Camacho, Dan Lutz (upright bass); Paul Bushnell , Hugh McDonald (electric bass); Gregg Field, Abe Laboriel, Jr. , Jim Keltner, Josh Freese, Kat Hendrix, Homer Steinweiss (drums); Fernando Velez, Lenny Castro, Tiki Pasillas, Rafael Padilla (percussion); Monique Donnelly, Angela Fisher, Ruby Freeman, Nekiesha Grier, Naturally 7 (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Bob Rock.
Recording information: EastWest Studios, Hollywood; Penrose Recorders, Riverside; The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver.
Photographer: Warwick Saint.
Vocalist Michael Bubl‚'s 2013 studio album, To Be Loved, is a slick and classy Bob Rock-produced affair that follows up his hit 2011 holiday album, Christmas, and once again showcases the Canadian crooner's take on swinging pop music. Most longtime Bubl‚ fans will have a sense of what to expect here and, in that sense, should be quite pleased with the album. As with previous Bubl‚ releases, To Be Loved finds the vocalist tackling a handful of American Popular Song standards and some more contemporary pop covers. This time around, Bubl‚ even peppers the album with a few very vintage '60s soul-sounding numbers. To these ends, Bubl‚ kicks things off with a brightly swinging take on "You Make Me Feel So Young," turns in a neo-soul version of the Bee Gees "To Love Somebody," and digs deep into Smokey Robinson's "Who's Lovin' You." Also adding flavor here are a few guest appearances including duets with actress Reese Witherspoon, Bryan Adams, and the Puppini Sisters. As with Bubl‚'s last few albums, he gets some co-writing credits, with songs like the sunshine pop-sounding, 'It's a Beautiful Day," and the atmospheric orchestral ballad, "I Got It Easy," registering as two of his best ori