Celine Dion


Celine is a proud Canadian, that is why she has sung our
national anthom at countless events, that is why she
financially supports numerous Canadian organizations, that
is also why she continues to make french and english
albums. She is a healthy role model for young and old
people all over the world, and it is an honour to say she
is Canadian.
Celine Dion was born in Charlemagne, Quebec, on March 30,
1968 and was the youngest of 14 children in a large musical
family. Celine Dion was named after a song her mother was
singing while pregnant. She was discovered singing in the
family owned restaurant, at age 12, but had been singing
there ever since age five, along with her other siblings.
It was a small restaurant and club where the children could
often showcase their musical talents where her father would
play the accordian and mother the violin. At only five
years old, she had already began to develop as a singer and
entertainer, so it makes sense she had the talent and
capability to produce her very first recording at only age
twelve with her mother and her brothers. Celine was
discovered by Montreal Impresario, Rene Angelil, who later
became her husband, in 1981. Celine's mother had found
Rene's address in an album of Ginette Reno, a popular
french singer. Rene had heard the demo-tape containing the
songs Cel! ine had written (In particular "Ce N'etait Qu'un
Reve"-or in english, "It was Only a Dream"), and he was
immediatly taken by the voice of young Celine that he
became determined to make her an internationally known
talent. When he first heard her sing live, he cried because
it was so beautiful. Rene had so much faith in Celine, that
he even mortgaged his house to finance the production of
Celine's debut album. Her only obstacle for success beyond
Canada and France was her French lyrics.
Record companies, as it turned out, were less enthusiastic
of investing in a low-class preteen than Rene Angelil was.
The financial support they needed to make Celine a success
was not being produced, so they created a low budget
Christmas album, "Celine Chante Noel," (Celine Sings
Christmas), and another album, "Voix du bon Dieu," (The
Voice of God). Celine released these singles at the young
age of 13, yet they proved to be very successful. Even
though these were low budget, people gave the albums a
chance, and soon Celine had become the teen sensation of
Quebec. Her early years also brought a string of awards,
allowing her to relize her true talent, especially when she
won a gold medal at the Tokyo Song Festival in 1982. Soon
after, she became the first Canadian ever to recieve a Gold
Record in France. Celine Dion was French Canada's most
popular singer within five years.
Most child performers have problems transforming themselves
into 'respected' adult entertainers, rather than forgotten
teeny boppers, but not Celine. The young diva grew more and
more popular with each and every love song. In 1988, when
she won the Annual Prestigious Eurovision Song Contest in
Dublin, Ireland, (where she performed live in front of 6
million television veiwers- what she says was the most
"terrifying and rewarding" experience of her life) she
decided to learn English. Some consider this Celine's
greatest career move, allowing her to reach French and
English speaking audiences all at the same time. Without
making this wise career move, she may not have ever gotten
the notice of her neighbour to the south, the United States. Popularity in America almost garaunteed her
popularity in every country of the world- USA being the
entertainment base of the world, setting music trends for
many other countries. The Top 10 song that broke through
with American audienc! es was "Where Does My Heart Beat
Now." Since that American breakthrough, Celine has risen to
worldwide superstar status with a string of hits on pop and
adult contemporary radio. She managed to master English
within three monthes at a langauge course in Quebec. She
released her first anglophone (english) album, 'Unsion,' in
1990 and it included the first of a long string of
international hits.
"Where Does My Heart Beat Now," a series of film soundtrack
recordings (An American Tail, Beauty and the Beast,
Sleepless in Seatle) were all successful and generated her
first Grammy Award in 1993. "Beauty and the Beast,"
recorded with Peabo Bryson, is known as her international
breakthrough, earning her a number one position in 16
countries and nominations for an Acadamy Award as well as a
Grammy Award "The Colour of my Love," (1994) became the
most successful album ever released by a canadian female
pop singer, selling 11 million copies worldwide. "Because
You Loved Me," which was featured in Robert Redford's Up
Close And Personal, gave Celine Dion much needed television
exposure, allowing people to put a face to the voice they
had heard and loved. Celine was no longer as stranger to
the world.
"I always sang about love, yet I had no love in my life,"
laughs Celine in an interview with Glamour Magazine. Her
endless recordings, contests, and touring left little time
for Celine to date, but Rene Angelil managed to solve that
problem as well. He began a romantic involvement with his
greatest client shortly after she turned 19 years old.
Angelil, who had been married three other times in the
past, 26 years older than Celine Dion, decided it would be
best for both of them to keep their affair a secret for a
few years, fearing fans would find the entire thing a bit
bizzarre. However, when the couple finally married in 1994
at Montreal's grand Notre Dame Basilica, Canadian fans
treated it like a very respectable, royal wedding.
Celine Dion became a phenomenon in Great Britain during
1995 when "The Colour of my Love" and "Think Twice" topped
the UK Album and Singles Chart simultaneously for over a
month- the first time the feat had been achieved since The
Beatles in 1964. She also was a smashing success still with
French-Canadians because of her francophone bestseller
"D'Eux," and recieved prestigious Medaille des Arts et
Lettres from the french government.
Celine Dion's opening performance at the 1996 Atlanta
Olympic Games proved that she was now a world-wide
sensation. She sang "The Power of a Dream," a song
co-written for her by Linda Thompson, Babyface, and David
Foster (whom she has worked with on every one of her
English albums.) Dion's fourth english album "Falling into
You," was released in 50 countries in March 1996 and
immediatly topped the charts.
In 1997, Celine was awarded at the Grammy Awards for Album
Of The year and Best Pop Album. The next CD by Celine,
Let's Talk About Love, was released in November, '97 and
was followed with a world tour. Celine is joined on the CD
by the Barbra Streisand, Bee Gees, Luciano Pavarotti, Corey
Hart, Carole King, and will include the theme to the film,
Titanic, "My Heart Will Go On."
People were impressed by the release of "Let's Talk About
Love." In addition to "My Heart Will Go On," she had
another 15 love-inspired tracks, often sung with other big
time stars. The most fantastic pairing is in the song "Tell
Him," a duet with the famous diva Barbra Streisand. When
they were scheduled to sing "Tell Him" together at the
Grammy awards, Barbra Strisand backed out last minute,
leaving Celine no choice but to sing the Titanic theme song
solo. Dion didn't slow down in 1998, she became even
busier. In April an appearance with other powerful female
vocalists Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin,
and Shania Twain on VH1's Diva's Live specail, further
solidified her as a true canadian 'Diva.'
In September '98, Dion released her fourth French Album,
"S'il Suffisait D'aimer" in Canada (the album came out in
the USA in October), and in November, Dion's first Holiday
Album, These are Special Times, arrived. By this time, she
had already booked a tour of Japan, England, and Europe,
which will keep her busy until July 1999.
Celine Dion is taking time out of her career to start a
family now. Although it has some fans worried Celine
promises she will be back, and when and if she decides to
return to the music business, I beleive she will be
successful once again.


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