VANCOUVER – Burnaby B.C. native Michael Bublé has many fans from all over the world.
But when he heard about a six-year-old boy in Calgary who could arguably be one of his biggest fans, he wanted to send him a special message.
So he uploaded a video online.
“This is a YouTube exclusive,” says Bublé at the beginning.
The video is for a little boy named Griffin who has autism. Griffin likes Bublé’s music so much it helps calm him when he becomes too excited and his therapists use the singer’s videos as rewards for Griffin throughout the day.
Griffin’s mom Christin Woods says her son’s diagnosis of severe autism “impacts his communication and his cognitive function.”
She was the one who reached out to Bublé’s team, letting them know about the young fan, and when they sent signed copies of a CD, DVD, a picture and a program she thought that was a nice surprise. But she never expected anything like this.
“I was just really in shock I kind of had to pinch myself,” she says when she saw it online. “I was laughing, my husband was crying, I was crying, we showed our therapists and they started crying.”
In the video Bublé says hello to Griffin and then says he wants to sing him a song. “It’s a terrible song,” he jokes, “I’m not very good on piano.”
Woods says when Griffin heard Bublé say his name he stopped what he was doing and a big smile spread across his face.
“Since then he’s been singing the song, ‘Griffin’, ‘Griffin’, in the bathtub,” says Woods. “You can hear him, lying down.”
She adds that this is something the family will remember forever.
“Thank you so much,” she says to Bublé. “He’s such a busy man, he’s got such an amazing successful career, with tons and tons of fans, but he took time out for this one special little fan and that means the world.”
– With files from Heather Yourex
VIDEO: Griffin’s gift from Michael Bublé:
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