Celine Dion Biography
Celine Dion, born Céline Marie Claudette Dion; is a Canadian singer and businesswoman,born on 30th March 1968.She was born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec. Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. Dion first gained international recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Switzerland. Following a series of French albums during the 1980s, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States. In 1990, Dion released her debut English-language album, Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.
She is the youngest of 14 children of Thérèse , a homemaker, and Adhémar Dion, a butcher, both of French-Canadian descent. Dion was raised a Roman Catholic in a poor, but, by her own account, happy home in Charlemagne. Music had always been a major part of the Dion family; indeed, Dion herself was named after the song “Céline,” which French singer Hugues Aufray had recorded two years before her own birth. On 13 August 1973, at the age of five, the young Céline made her first public appearance at her brother Michel’s wedding, where she performed Christine Charbonneau’s song “Du fil des aiguilles et du coton”. She continued to perform with her siblings in her parents’s small piano bar called Le Vieux Baril, “The Old Barrel.” From an early age, Dion had dreamed of being a performer.
Celine Dion Career
At the age of 12, Dion collaborated with her mother and her brother Jacques to write and compose her first song, “Ce n’était qu’un rêve,” whose title translates as “It Was Only a Dream” or “Nothing But A Dream.” Her brother Michel sent the recording to music manager René Angélil, whose name he discovered on the back of a Ginette Reno album. Angélil was moved to tears by Dion’s voice and he decided to make her a star. In 1981, he mortgaged his home to fund her first record, La voix du bon Dieu, which later became a local No. 1 hit and made Dion an instant star in Quebec. Her popularity spread to other parts of the world when she competed in the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan, and won the musician’s award for “Top Performer” as well as the gold medal for “Best Song” with “Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi”.
By the year 1983, in addition to becoming the first Canadian artist to receive a gold record in France for the single “D’amour ou d’amitié” (“Of Love or of Friendship”), Dion had also won several Félix Awards, including “Best Female performer” and “Discovery of the Year”. Further success came when Dion represented Switzerland in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Ne partez pas sans moi” and won the contest by a close margin in Dublin, Ireland.
At the age of eighteen, after seeing a Michael Jackson performance, Dion told Angélil that she wanted to be a star like Jackson. Though confident in her talent, Angélil realized that her image needed to be changed in order for her to be marketed worldwide. Dion receded from the spotlight for a number of months, during which she underwent dental surgery to improve her appearance, and was sent to the École Berlitz in 1989 to polish her English. In the year 1989, during a concert on the Incognito Tour, Dion injured her voice. She consulted the Otorhinolaryngology William Gould, who gave her an ultimatum: have immediate surgery on her vocal cords or do not utilize them at all for three weeks. Dion chose the latter and underwent vocal training with William Riley.
A couple of years after she learned English, Dion made her debut into the Anglophone market with Unison in 1990, the lead single having originally been recorded by Laura Branigan. She incorporated the help of many established musicians, including Vito Luprano and Canadian producer David Foster. The album was largely influenced by 1980s soft rock music that quickly found a niche within the adult contemporary radio format. Unison also hit the right notes with critics: Jim Faber of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Dion’s vocals were “tastefully unadorned,” and that she never attempted to “bring off styles that are beyond her”. Stephen Erlewine of AllMusic declared it as “a fine, sophisticated American debut”. Singles from the album included “(If There Was) Any Other Way”, “The Last to Know”, “Unison”, and “Where Does My Heart Beat Now”, a mid-tempo soft-rock ballad which made prominent use of the electric guitar. The latter became her first top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four. In 1991, Dion was a featured soloist in Voices That Care, a tribute to American troops fighting in Operation Desert Storm.
By the year of 1992, Unison, Céline Dion, and numerous high-profile media appearances had propelled Dion to superstardom in North America. She had achieved one of her main objectives: wedging her way into the Anglophone market and achieving fame. However, while she was experiencing rising success in the US, her French fans in Canada criticized her for neglecting them. She would later rebuff these criticisms at the 1991 Félix Awards show, where, after winning “English Artist of the Year”, she openly refused to accept the award. She asserted that she was—and would always be—a French, not an English, artist. Apart from her commercial success, there were also changes in Dion’s personal life, as Angélil, who was twenty-six years her senior, transitioned from manager to lover. However, the relationship was kept a secret as they both feared that the public would find their relations inappropriate.
In 1993, Celine announced her feelings for her manager by declaring him “the colour of her love” in the dedication section of her third English-language album The Colour of My Love. However, instead of criticizing their relationship as Dion had feared, fans embraced the couple. Eventually, Angélil and Dion married in an extravagant wedding ceremony in December 1994, which was broadcast live on Canadian television.
As with most of her catalogue, The Colour of my Love had over-riding themes of love and romance. It became her most successful record up to that point, selling more than six million copies in the US, two million in Canada, and peaking at No. 1 in many countries. The album also spawned Dion’s first US, Canadian, and Australian No. 1 single “The Power of Love” (a remake of Jennifer Rush’s 1985 hit), which would become her signature hit until she reached new career heights in the late 1990s. The single “When I Fall in Love,” a duet with Clive Griffin, achieved moderate success on the US and Canadian charts and was nominated for two Grammy Awards, winning one. The Colour of My Love also became Dion’s first major hit in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom. Both the album and the single “Think Twice” simultaneously occupied the top of the British charts for five consecutive weeks. “Think Twice”, which remained at No. 1 for seven weeks, eventually became the fourth single by a female artist to sell in excess of one million copies in the UK while the album was eventually certified five-times platinum for two million copies sold.
After releasing and promoting her thirteen albums during the 1990s, Dion stated that she needed to settle down, and announced on her latest album All the Way… A Decade of Song, that she needed to take a step back from the spotlight and enjoy life. Angélil’s diagnosis with esophageal cancer also prompted her to hiatus. While on break, Dion was unable to escape the spotlight. In the year 2000, the National Enquirer published a false story about the singer. Brandishing a picture of Dion and her husband, the magazine misquoted Dion, printing the headline, “Celine — ‘I’m Pregnant With Twins!'” Dion later sued the magazine for more than twenty million dollars. The editors of the Enquirer printed an apology and a full retraction to Dion in the next issue, and donated money to the American Cancer Society in honour of Dion and her husband. A year after the incident, after undergoing fertility treatments, Dion gave birth to a son, René-Charles Dion Angélil, on 25 January 2001, in Florida.
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In conjunction with an endorsement deal with Chrysler, Dion released One Heart (2003), an album that represented her appreciation for life. The album largely consisted of pop and dance music—a deviation from the soaring, melodramatic ballads, for which she had been known. Although the album achieved moderate success, One Heart was met with mixed criticism, and words such as “predictable” and “banal” appeared even in the most lenient reviews. A cover of the 1989 Cyndi Lauper hit “I Drove All Night”, released to launch her advertising campaign with Chrysler, incorporated elements of dance-pop and rock and roll. The advertising deal was met with criticism, with some stating that Dion was trying to cater to her sponsors.
After One Heart, Dion released her next English-language studio album, Miracle (2004). Miracle was a multimedia project conceived by Dion and Australian photographer Anne Geddes and had a theme centring on babies and motherhood. The album was filled with lullabies and other songs of maternal love and inspiration, including covers of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy”. The reviews for Miracle were mixed. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic.com gave the album three of out five stars, stating, “The worst you can say about the record is that there are no surprises, but the audience for this record doesn’t want surprises; they want comfort, whether it arrives in polished music or artsy photos of newborns, and Miracle provides both, which makes it appealing for those expectant or new mothers in Dion’s audience.” Chuck Taylor of Billboard magazine wrote that the single “Beautiful Boy” was “an unexpected gem” and called Dion “a timeless, enormously versatile artist,” Chuck Arnold of People Magazine, however, labelled the album as excessively sentimental, while Nancy Miller of Entertainment Weekly opined that “the whole earth-mama act is just opportunism, reborn”.Miracle debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 in Canada and was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA.
The francophone album 1 fille & 4 types (1 Girl & 4 Guys), released in October 2003, fared better than her previous two releases and showed Dion trying to distance herself from the “diva” image. She recruited Jean-Jacques Goldman, Gildas Arzel, Eric Benzi, and Jacques Veneruso, with whom she had previously worked on two of her best-selling French albums S’il suffisait d’aimer and D’eux. Labeled “the album of pleasure” by Dion herself, the album cover showed Dion in a simple and relaxed manner, contrary to the choreographed poses usually found on her album covers. The album achieved widespread commercial success in France, Canada, and Belgium where it reached No. 1. In France, the album debuted at No. 1 and was later certified 2× platinum after selling over 700,000 copies. Critic Stephen Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that Dion’s vocals were “back at top of their game” and that she was “getting back to pop basics and performing at a level unheard in a while.”
Though her albums were commercially successful, they did not achieve the sales or the reception of her previous works. Her songs received less airplay as radio became less embracing of balladeers like Dion, Carey, and Houston, and was focused on more up-tempo, Urban/Hip-hop songs. By 2004, Dion had accumulated sales of more than 175 million albums worldwide and received the Chopard Diamond Award from the World Music Awards for her achievements. According to the official World Music Awards website, the award is rare; it is “not presented every year” and an artist can be presented with the award only for selling “over 100 million albums during their career”
While Celine no longer dominates the charts as she once did, Celine Dion remains a popular entertainer. Forbes magazine reported in June 2009 that the singer earned approximately $100 million in 2008, making her the second-highest earning musician on the magazine’s list, after Madonna. In August 2014, Dion cancelled all of her shows scheduled through March 22, 2015 to focus on her 72-year-old husband, whose throat cancer returned, and her children. “I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children,” the singer said in a statement.
Celine Dion Personal life
Dion who happens to reside in Henderson, Nevada,first met her husband and manager, René Angélil, in 1980, when she was 12 and he was 38, after her brother, Michel Dondalinger Dion, sent him a demonstration recording of “Ce n’était qu’un rêve” (“It Was Only a Dream/Nothing But A Dream”), a song she, her mother the former Thérèse Tanguay, and her brother Jacques Dion had jointly written and composed. They began a relationship in 1987 and became engaged in 1991. They married on 17 December 1994, at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec. On 5 January 2000, Dion and Angelil renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas.
In May 2000, Dion had two small operations at a fertility clinic in New York to improve her chances of conceiving, after deciding to use in-vitro fertilization because of years of failed attempts to conceive. Their first son, René-Charles Angelil, was born on 25 January 2001. In May 2010, Angelil announced that Dion was 14 weeks pregnant with twins after a sixth treatment of in-vitro fertilization. On Saturday, 23 October 2010, at 11:11 and 11:12 am respectively, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dion, by Caesarean section, gave birth to healthy fraternal twins. The twins were named Eddy, after Dion’s favourite French songwriter, Eddy Marnay, who had also produced Dion’s first five albums, and Nelson, after former South African President Nelson Mandela. Dion appeared with her newborn sons on the cover of 9 December 2010 issue of the Canadian edition of Hello! magazine. On 14 January 2016, Angélil died from complications of cancer. Two days later, Dion’s brother, Daniel, died at age 59, also of cancer.
Celine Dion Filmography
- Touched by an Angel
- The Nanny
- All My Children
- La fureur de Céline
- Des fleurs sur la neige
- Quest for Camelot as Juliana (singing voice)
- Céline sur les Plaines
- Celine: Through the Eyes of the World
- Sur la piste du Marsupilami
- Hell’s Kitchen
- Muppets Most Wanted
Celine Dion Songs
- “Ain’t Gonna Look the Other Way” (A New Day… Live in Las Vegas, 2004)
- “All Because of You” (A New Day Has Come 2002 Limited Edition Bonus Track, 2002)
- “All by Myself” (Falling into You, 1996)
- “All the Way” (Ft. Frank Sinatra) (All the Way… A Decade of Song, 1999)
- “Alone” (Taking Chances, 2007)
- “Always Be Your Girl” (Loved Me Back to Life, 2013)
- “Amar Haciendo el Amor” (Let’s Talk About Love bonus track, 1997)
- “Ammore Annascunnuto” (Live) (Ultimate Box, 2008)
- Another Year Has Gone By” (These Are Special Times, 1998)
- Apprends-moi” (1 fille & 4 types, 2003)
- At Last” (A New Day Has Come, 2002)
- At Seventeen” (Loved Me Back to Life, 2013)
- Attendre” (Sans attendre, 2012)
- Aun Existe Amor” (A New Day Has Come, 2002)
- Au secours” (La voix du bon Dieu, 1981)
- Autour de moi” (La voix du bon Dieu, 1981)
- Ave Maria” (These Are Special Times, 1998)
- Beauty and the Beast” (Duet with Peabo Bryson) (Celine Dion, 1992) / (Duet with Maurice Davis, “For Our Children : The Concert”, 1992)
- Because You Loved Me” (Falling into You, 1996)
- Berceuse” (D’elles, 2007)
- Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (Mona Lisa Smile Soundtrack)
- Blue Christmas” (These Are Special Times, 1998)
- Breakaway” (Loved Me Back to Life, 2013)
- Brahms’ Lullaby” (Miracle, 2004)
- Des milliers de baisers” (1 fille & 4 types, 2003)
- Des mots qui sonnent” (Dion chante Plamondon, 1991)
- Destin” (D’eux, 1995)
- Did You Give Enough Love” (Celine Dion, 1992)
- Didn’t Know Love” (Loved Me Back to Life, 2013)
- Do You Hear What I Hear” (duet with Rosie O’Donnell) (These Are Special Time – Collectors Edition – DVD, 1998)
- Don’t Save It All for Christmas Day” (These Are Special Times, 1998)
- Dreamin’ of You” (Falling into You, 1996)