Tall, graceful, a singer par excellence with a strong yet alluring voice. A voice so strong the loudspeakers would strain hard not to burst!! That is the summary of Celine Dion. Her timeless songs were, and still are, the fantasy of lovers. If you are the romantic type of person, or you cry easily when a song touches your heart – you are in real trouble with Celine Dion’s songs! You simply get caught up in your imagination; it may take a while to return back to the Earth, so to speak. Who is Celine Dion, and where is she now?
Celine Dion: Her Origins
Born in Quebec, Canada in the year 1968, Celine Marie Claudette Dion is the 14th and last child of her parents, Adhemar and Therese Dion. She grew up in a humble, lower-class home. However, they all shared an ardent love for music. The entire family performed as a group in local concerts while Celine was still very young, and she joined in.
Her mother quickly recognised her talent – she was simply set apart. Her very first song at 12 years old was written in French (her native dialect) with the assistance of both her mother and Jaques, one of her brothers. And without wasting time, Therese sent the recorded song to a well-known music producer named Rene Angẹlil.
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At that time, Rene had just ended a contract with another singer named Ginette Reno. Rene listened to the recorded song, and invited young Celine to her office. He reportedly gave a pencil to Celine and urged her to sing with it, as if she was holding a microphone in front of a big audience. She sang, and her voice did the magic. The following year, Celine sang on a TV show for the first time ever and wowed the audience.
Celine Dion’s Music Journey: The Beginnings
Rene Angelil became so convinced about Celine’s potential that he sold his house to produce her first album. And gifted songwriter Eddie Marnay got the contract to write songs for Celine. Her first set of songs were in French. In fact her first hit song ‘La voix du bon Dieu’ was the comment of Marnay upon hearing her voice for the first time. ‘It’s the voice of the good Lord!’ The partnership was a success.
At 14, Celine rendered the song “Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi” before a 115-million TV audience and won a gold medal at the 13th Yamaha World Popular Song Festival (Tokyo, Japan). A year later in 1983, she received a gold album in France, the first ever Canadian to do so. At the ADISQ gala of Quebec the same year, she won 4 Felix awards. She is said to have won a total of 45 Felix awards ever since then.
Celine performed in other major events in 1984. One before Pope John Paul II in the crowded Olympic Stadium of Montreal. Another in the Olympia in Paris two months later for renowned singer Patrick Sebastien; it ran for five weeks. Then she embarked on a major music tour of Quebec, a string of shows that took place in 1985. And after that – a long pause, a season of rest. That lasted until 1992.
A More Matured Celine Dion Returns
During the time she stayed out of public appearance, Celine had learnt to speak English fluently. And not surprisingly, her album ‘Incognito’ on return to the music scene, became so popular it sold more than half a million copies. By this time, she had signed up with a new record label, CBS (which transformed into Sony records later on). A good move for her as she went ahead to conquer a global audience just as Micheal Jackson did, who was also with CBS records.
After winning the Eurovision Contest in Ireland in the year 1988, she launched her next English album ‘Unison’ into the American market two years later. Her songs topped the charts (especially the track “Where Does My Heart Beat Now?”) and she would yet win two more awards at the Canada Juno Awards of 1990. By 1991, she had released her next album in French, “Dion Chante Plamondon”, another record breaker.
Celine Dion partnered with famous Peabo Bryson to sing the theme song for Walt Disney’s cartoon movie “Beauty and the Beast” – and the result was massive. At number 1 spot worldwide, the song win an Academy Award and a Grammy award in 1992.
The list of her accomplishments could go on and on. But again for the record, the songs “Think Twice” and “The Power of Love” (on the album “The Colour of Love”, 1993) held on to the number 1 spot for four and five weeks respectively in the USA and UK music charts.
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Celine Dion: Personal Life
The partnership between Celine and her manager Rene Angelil became such a close bond that by December 1994, they got married in a colourful ceremony at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. The marriage is blessed with three sons: Rene-Charles, and twins Nelson and Eddy. Family life notwithstanding, Celine never truly gave up her career as she switched back and forth between home and the stage.
Their life-long partnership was sadly interrupted when her husband, Rene lost the battle to cancer in 2016. Rene had so much attained popularity of immense proportions as Celine’s manager, that his death would throw millions of fans into deep sorrow. He was buried in the same Notre Dame Basilica where he got married more than two decades earlier.
Her husband’s dying wish to see her continue her singing career, propelled Celine to push further. She proceeded on numerous tours, won several global awards, topped the music charts even more; the list is too long to mention here. She is today one of the most successful female singers the world has ever known in a record of over 35 years of performance.
Top 10 Celine Dion Songs Of All Time
- The Power of Love
- My Heart Will Go On
- Beauty and the Beast
- Because You Loved Me
- That’s The Way It Is
- I’m Alive
- I’m Your Angel
- Think Twice
- I Drove All Night
- A New Day Has Come
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