Robert Michaels

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Robert Michaels
Birth nameRoberto Michele Buttarazzi
BornToronto, Ontario, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresNew Flamenco, Instrumental, Latin, Jazz, World
Occupation(s)Musician, guitarist, composer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1996–present
LabelsMelaby Music

Robert Michaels (Roberto Michele Buttarazzi) (born in Toronto, Canada) is a Juno Award winner and nominee, multi-gold and platinum-selling recording artist, guitarist and vocalist.

Michaels returned to his mothers home town of Arpino Italy from Canada when he was just a few years old, Arpino about 95 km southeast of Rome in Italy and he was exposed to Italian music from an early age in his grandfathers restaurant before moving back with his family to Toronto.

His debut CD, titled Paradiso, was released in 1996 and was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy).[1] Paradiso album reached Platinum status eventually sold more than 100,000 copies in Canada.[citation needed]

In 1998, Michaels was nominated for Instrumental Artist(s) of the Year for a JUNO Award.[citation needed] His album Utopia was nominated in 2000 for a JUNO Award for Best Instrumental Album, and his next album Allegro has already won JUNO Award for Instrumental Album of the Year.[citation needed]

His album Via Italia was released in 2013.

One of Michaels' songs, "Wrong to Let You Go", was a co-write collaboration with the band the Wild Strawberries that reached top 10 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary charts.[citation needed] It was recorded for volume 3 of the Women & Songs compilation album series created and produced by Alan Fletcher. Subsequently, Alan Fletcher from Warner put the band in contact with German electronic dance producer and DJ André Tanneberger (ATB). Tanneberger produced a remix of the song, released as an ATB single re-titled "Let U Go". This popularized the song on both continents, as the single reached number 18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts[4] and number 7 on the German Singles Chart.[5] The song also marked the point in ATB's musical output when he began to produce songs with full vocal tracks, as opposed to sampled and looped vocals.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Robert Michaels awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. Awards in certain categories do not have prior nominations and only winners are announced by the jury. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Juno Awards

The Juno Awards is a Canadian awards ceremony presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Robert Michaels won the 2003 Juno for Instrumental Album of the Year and received an additional 3 nominations.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 Robert Michaels Instrumental Artist(s) of the Year Nominated
2000 Utopia Best Instrumental Album Nominated
2003 Allegro Instrumental Album of the Year Won

Juno Awards Artist Summary Robert Michaels

Music Canada Gold and Platinum Certification Awards Certifications[edit]

Certified albums[edit]

Paradiso (1996) Certified: Gold and Platinum

Music Canada Gold/Platinum Artist Summary Robert Michaels


Title Album details Certifications Nominations/Awards
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Melaby Music (#MP131-2)
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Melaby Music (#MP2 132)
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Melaby Music
Nominated for a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album[3]
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Melaby Music
Won a Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year[3]
Robert Michaels
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Melaby Music
The Spanish Guitar Collection
  • Type: Compilation album
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Melaby Music (#2810)
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Melaby Music
Via Italia
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Melaby Music

Other Compilation Appearances[edit]

  • Guitar Music For Small Rooms (1997) (WEA)
  • Guitar Music For Small Rooms 2 (2001) (WEA)
  • Guitar Music For Small Rooms 3 (2004) (WEA)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dillon, Charlotte. "Robert Michaels: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "Artist Summary Robert Michaels". Music Canada. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Artist Summary Robert Michaels". Juno Awards. Retrieved November 11, 2015.

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