At 5, after having sung with success "Du fils, des aiguilles et du
and "Mamy Blue" at the marriage of her brother Michel celebrated on 18
August 1973, she decided to become a singer and since that day she has been
repeating it more often to her mother and to her large family where the music
Her music influences was various; in Dion home they listened to Janis Joplin,
Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, The Doors, Barbra Streisand,
without living out the pop music and the most important singer in Québec,
Ginette Reno. Céline loved to listen to her siblings playing and singing, and often she
fell a sleep on the benches of the place where they used to perform.
At school, she was an inattentive little girl, unwilling, often absent, and
this condition made they had doubts about a possible ill-treatment at home. For
this reason, they sent to Dion home a social worker, but her inspection had
negative results. The "illness" of Céline was "music": she
loved anything else than music and this was the only
reason why she was absent and dreamy during the lessons.
Her first live performances were at "Le vieux Baril", owned by Dions and
where other members of the family already used to perform under the name of "A.
Dion et son
ensamble". Other members formed another group called "D si D", of which
followed artistic vicissitudeds as a dogged fan. Then, her brother Michel formed
another group, "The Show", that had fairly good success.
The real beginning of the Céline experience in the music world happened on
1981, when in the kitchen of the house, her mother Thérèse and one of her son,
Jacques, wrote the first original song for Céline, "Ce n'était qu'un
The song, and other two ones, was recorded in some way on a tape and then sent
to René Angélil (16 January 1942), who once was the manager of Ginette Reno.
Ginette Reno, a kind of institution in Québec, dismissed him to replace him
with her future husband, and Angélil, close to the failure of his production
company, was preparing to close his company and to start again law studies.
After some days, since they haven't received a reply,
Michel decided to call Angélil. He explained that they had sent a tape and that
surely he hadn't listen to it because otherwise he should called him
René answered that actually he hadn't heartd the tape and that he should
listen to it as soon as possible.
After some hesitations, in the silence of his office, he listened the demo and
he was dazzled by it; incredulous for the age of the singer, 12 years, decided
to call her in his office in the afternoon of the same day. Céline and her
mother went to Angélil office and without wasting time, he asked her to sing. A
little shy, she answered that she usually sang with a microphone and in public;
then he held out the pen he had in his breast pocket and he told her to imagine
to sing at Place des Arts, the biggest concert hall in Québec.
After a few seconds, that embarrassed and wavering little girl began to sing
"Ce n'était qu'un reve" with a disarming control; she sang as there
was a true audience in front of her, taking the breath of René away who was
crying for the emotion. "I can tell you that within five years, your
daughter will be a star in Québec and in France", he said to the mother of
recovering the enthusiasm he had lost after the vicissitude with Ginette.
René was a gambler and he felt to have a winning card in his hands and then he
decided to do things in style; he called Eddy Marnay, one of the most important
songs writer and he made him listen to Céline. Also Eddy Marnay remained amazed
by the emotion that her voice transmitted and almost at one go he wrote her a
song, "La voix du bon Dieu", and began to write other ones.
Meanwhile, Angélil called his acquaintances, and on 19 June 1981, in the
programme of the famous Canadian host Michel Jasmin, Céline made her first TV
apparition. On the same day, the single "Ce n'était qu'un reve" has
During the summer of 1981, Céline sang at the Olympic stadium of Montréal,
several times, the national anthems of Canada and US. before some baseball
While the "petite québecoise" ("little Quebecer") began to
receive consents, René continued to work on project after project. He asked to
to write, at the same time, both the songs that he was writing and some songs
a Christmas album. To do that, he needed money that nobody wanted to advance to
produce a twelve years old girl. Then René mortgaged the house where he was
living with her second wife, Anne-Renée, and their sons,
Jean-Pierre (23 March 1974) and Anne-Marie (12 June 1977). His firstborn,
(28 January 1968) was living with his first wife, Denise.
9th November, with a launching fit for a great star, her first album has been
"La voix du bon Dieu"
consisting of nine songs
entirely written by Eddy Marnay.
After three weeks, also
"Céline Dion chante Noel"
released. Both the album sold several hundreds of copies and the name of Céline
began to be well-known in Québec.
Her third album
"Tellement j'ai d'amour"
, consisting of nine
songs, has been released in the fall of 1982. The main song of the album,
"Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi"
has been chosen to take part in the 13rd Yamaha International Festival in Tokyo,
representing France. Céline overcame the competition of other 30 finalists and
in front of 12.000 persons present in the hall and 115 millions watching the
television, she won the gold medal. Moreover, the orchestra, consisting of 58
elements, impressed by her performance, gave her a special award: the prize of
In January 1983, Céline represented Canada at Super Gala RTL inside the MIDEM
Cannes Festival and she triumphed with "D'amour où D'amitié". At
that performance a young and unknown author was present, J.J. Goldman. After the
victory at Super Gala RTL, she took part in the most important French programme,
"Champs Elysées"; its host, Michel Drucker, then became her adviser in
French. Once she come back home, Céline performed live several times and every
it was a triumph, people remained amazed by her powerful voice and by her way
to managed it.
"Du soleil au coeur"
has been released: it's a collage
of her first three Canadian albums and it was an immediate success! With
D'amitié", she was the first Canadian artist to win a gold record in
French, with more than 700.000 copies sold!
1983 has been an year full of releases!
First of all, the second Christmas album
"Chants et Contes de Noel"
with seven songs, among them "Un enfant", song written by J. Brel,
three songs of the first Xmas album and three new songs. The long series of
awards began; on 7th September Michel Jasmin gave her two gold records: the
first for the sale of 100.000 copies of "Tellement j'ai d'amour pour
in Québec, and the other one for the sale of "50.000" copies of
"D'amour où D'amitié" in Québec and in French.
On the same day, the fourth album,
"Les chemins de ma maison"
has been released at the same time both in Paris and in Montréal, consisting of
The year ended with a triumph, with the winning of four 4 Felix Awards. At the
beginning of 1984 Céline followed a course of German language at Berlitz to
record the German versions of "D'amour où D'amitié" and "Mon ami
Unfortunately, the operation hadn't the success that they hoped for. They were
preparing a new album, written by Eddy Marnay who was living by then in a kind
of symbiosis with Céline of who he wanted to understand the thoughts and the
emotions to write her some songs that she could feel and that they could
Céline, from her side, was living the critical period of adolescence; she
didn't like herself, she flirted, with no conviction, with a certain Silvayn,
her life was to sing... it was the only thing that made her feel happy and
beautiful! Very soon, she said goodbye to Silvayn to concentrate only and
exclusively on her career.
At the end of August,
has been released, and before December it
was already gold record.
She won two Felix Awards with "Les chemins de ma maison".
She has been selected to represent the Canadian youth for the coming of the
Pope at the Olympic stadium and she sang "Une Colombe" in front of the
Holy Father and of 65.000 contemporaries earning an ovation fit for a big star.
Her participation at the first part of the show of P. Sebastien from 6th
November to 9th December at Olympia (Paris), was part of the strategy to
conquer France. Even if
she didn't earn a great success, she received a good criticism and she got
In France a new album has been released,
Les oiseaux du bonheur
, with 10
songs. They are an umpteenth selection of her songs published in Québec and
songs: "Paul et Virginie", "Les oiseaux du bonheur" and
"L'Hymne à l'amitié".
Céline was precious in everything she did! She was just 16 when her first
greatest hits has been released,
Les plus grands succès de Céline Dion
a part of the sales proceeds was destined to the Research Association for
Cystic Fribosis, of which Céline was (and she still is) patroness, living
closely to the drama of this terrible genetics illness of which her niece
daughter of Liette, has been suffering since her birth.
René continued to invest very much on Céline, he really believed in her and in
her possibilities and the facts said he was right.
Mélanie was certified platinum record with 100.000 copies.
In January she began a tour Québec, with 36 show in 25 towns, a real "tour
which forced René to stay far from home for long periods; this had devastating
effect on the life as a couple. In fact, in February, Anne-Renée left home,
leaving him alone with the two children: for him, it was a real blow to his
pride. Meanwhile, the success of the "little star" didn't end; in
that year, Céline won 5 Felix Awards with the album called "Mélanie",
she established, with René, a production company, "Les Feelings
sang three nights in a row (31st May, 1st and 2nd June) at Place des Arts with a
huge success and three "SOLD OUT" in a row!!!
Things between René and Anne-Renée seemed to go better; in fact, she came back
home, even if the life as a couple by then was unbearable: continual quarrels
and arguments brought her to apply for a divorce and to obtain the custody of
the children, even if René continued to see them with a certain regularity.
However, René passed through a crisis. Céline's career was booming and a new
album, "C'est pour toi", has been released, consisting of ten songs,
where Eddy Marnay, guessing her feelings, told about a Céline in love and
narrated a new and not requited love, maybe not understood.
That love had a name: René! Céline was madly in love with him and who was
close to her was able to see it clearly. However, they thought it was just a
short-lived crush, an ancy due to the charisma of the pygmalion, of the
Taken from the concert at Place des Arts on 31 May 1985,
Céline Dion en concert
has been released, in which Céline performs some of her greatest hits, some
tributes to authors as Felix Leclerc and Michel Legrand, Bizet's Boheme and a
pair of English songs.
Another record has been published: it's the first soundtrack of her career,
Opération Beurre de Pinottes (Peanut Butter Solution)
The songs were almost unnoticed, even if from the first song "Listen to a
magic man" it
has been taken the first video clip in Céline career. Everything seemed to do
well, but René, troubled by family vicissitudes and by that little girl he was
feeling something for, decided to give her a sabbatical year, and went to Las
Vegas with his friends of Black Jack.
Céline took advantage of this
long period to arrange her teething and to renew her "poor and maltreated
girl" look, as described by Céline. Moreover, she used to study English at
Berlitz from 9:00 to 17:00 during an intensive course. During this period a
fundamental stage of her career happened: the passage from TBS to CBS,
then Sony Music, for which she recorded a new album in February.
On 2 April 1987
has been published, with authors as the usual
Eddy Marnay, Luc Plamandon and Isa Minoke. The album was consisting of 8 songs
and it was published in different versions, depending on the market. In this
album Céline was more aggressive and sang a less platonic love, full of passion,
wanted at all costs.
Also her look was completely changed compared with her previous apparition: she
was an adolescent who began to know what she wanted from her life.
1988 began with a long tour in Québec, with 42 shows in a row at St. Denis
Céline has been called to represent Switzerland at 33rd edition of Eurofestival
with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi".
The festival took place in Dublin on 30 April 1988, Céline sang "Ne partez
moi" and won the competition of the other finalists and won the prize for
the first place with 137 votes against 136 votes of the second place, a triumph
wet by the ritual tears.
On the same evening, Céline and René, after thousands of hesitations from
René, declared themselves their mutual feelings and they fell in love; for her
it was a kind of liberation, for him it was the beginning of a period of
happiness, but splanged with thousand problems due to the difference of age: 26
The winning song of Eurofestival broke the French records market as well,
selling 500.000 copies.
Her popularity in Europe forced Céline travel around
the old continent, with a dense calendar of shows that engaged her practically
every day till 23rd May, when she came back home where she won other prizes: 4
Her image of young and winner girl began to interest the Majors, and one of
them, Chrysler motors,
made her a millionaire contract to advertise their mark.
But Céline and René had a ambitious project: to conquer the English-speaking
Canada and the US.! To do this, they entrusted the production of the new album,
the first in English, to mythical figures of discography: David Foster,
and Andy Goldman.
During the first months of the year, they moved to Los Angeles, at the Malibu
and in March Céline recorded, at Chartmaker Studio, the first song: "Love
by another name".
A lot of renowned personalities, producers, experts of discography came to see
her while she was recording and they remained impressed by her skill, not in
accordance with her age and by her easiness to perform different kind songs.
During this period, she recorded some duets as well: "Can't live with you
can't live without you"
with B. N. Davies and "Whishful Thinking" with Dan Hill.
Both the songs haven't been published in her album, but in albums of the two
In summer she went to London to record "Where does my heart beat now",
produced by C. Neil who remained amazed by the speed and the skill of Céline,
who recorded the song in only half-hour.
According to the ritual, on 6th May 1989 Céline gave the prize for the first
place at 34th Eurofestival and on the night she sang for the first time an
English song, "Have a heart", English version of "Partout je te
taken from "Incognito".
1990 was the year of the English bet of the "petite Québecoise"
On 2 April 1990 at Metropolis in Montréal she launched "
a record consisting of 10 English songs. Céline had a more aggressive look,
further renewed compared with the period of "Lolita".
The album had a huge success, reaching the first places of the Billboard chart
with the single "Where does my heart beat now" and it gave to Céline
the chance to take part for the first time at a US tv show, on 21 August 1990,
at Tonight show.
But it was also a year full of polemics for the refusal, during the ceremony
of Felix Awards, to receive the prize as the first English singer. Céline
declared to be a French artist who sang in English. The polemics broke out for
the hoary problem of the demand of independence of Québec from Canada, and for
this reason the supporting of independence tried to take advantage of this
taking sides, while the opposite party found fault with her act. After a moment
of confusion, the matter came to nothing, however in certain sense Céline won
considering that the category has been replaced with another one, actually more
But the worst day for Céline and for her entourage is without
doubt May 18th, when she suddenly lost the voice during a concert in Sherbrooke.
They feared the worse, they said her career was ended, but the doctor who
visited her, the same one of Pavarotti, told her that if she wanted to go on
singing, she had to keep three silence weeks and then to start again little by
little. "I had no choice! It was not a thing to reflect on! Singing is all
life and so I did it! Three weeks of absolute silence.... and for René it has
been the most happy period!", Céline tells when she talk about that event.
three weeks, she started again to sing with thrift, and from that day on she
follows rigid dictates to avoid that the event happens again: absolute silence
during the days of break when she is on tour, daily warming-up of the vocal
cords depending on the events she must take part in, neither active nor passive
smoke and a thousand of little things to be always at her best conditions. With
this rigid routine she renounces to every diversions of the show business
On 7th March the first of four episodes of the mini TV series "Des fleurs
neige" has been broadcasted; it was recorded during the previous year and
Céline performed a very dramatic part that engaged her physically and
psychologically so much that she risked to lose her life due to a car accident.
Coming back from the set, Céline felt a sleep while she was driving her car,
and went into a ditch, but she survived unharmed
In February, she took part, with other artists coordinated by D. Foster, in
Voices that care
to support the troops engaged in the Golf
War. The song and the video hadn't success due to end of the war. During the
same month, at the American Music Awards, she presented, with Will Smith, in
ironical way, the prizegiving of the best Heavy Metal / Hard Rock group.
Meanwhile, "Where does my heart beat now" climbed the Billboard chart,
going at 4th place.
In 1991 she won two Juno Awards and two Felix Awards, and
between 19th May and 4th August she performed live 37 times in 25 different
towns in Canada. On 19th June she celebrated her first ten years of her career
with a great concert at Montreal Forum. Thanks to the success of
she began to be wanted by English-speaking Canada as well; in fact, after the
performance in front of the Pope, she sang at National Centre of Arts in Ottawa
for Prince Charles and Lady Diana; Céline and Diana stopped to talk about
fashion and other subjects friendly and nicely. But contingecies in the show
business world are always in agenda: W. Jennings and J. Horner were desperately
looking for a singer for the song "Dreams to dream", theme of the
motion picture produced by S. Spielberg, "Fievel". Other singers
refused the song, but not Céline: she loved that song and made a demo and
Spielberg liked it. Clearly the singer Linda Ronstadt, after having listened to
that demo, changed her mind and "stole" her the song, for the will of
Spielberg who liked better her at the beginning.
Céline was depressed, René
couldn't rest. A call of Disney solved everything: they wanted that Céline sang,
with Peabo Bryson, the theme of their next cartoons: "Beauty and the
The activity of Céline was frenetic and couldn't admit either any rest or any
diversion; in Paris she began the recording of the eight songs of her next
album: "Dion chante Plamandon", certified as gold record before the
release, on 4th November, thanks to the bookings. In France it's been released
as "Des mots qui sonnent" and included two more songs: "Piaf
chanterait du Rock"
and "Je besoin d'un chum".
The song "Ziggy" had a unprecedented success in France and for a long
period remained at the top of the charts.
The climb to success continued inexorably in the US as well: after having
presented the American Music Awards in the previous year, Céline performed
there attracting positive criticism and the consent of the audience.
The apotheosis happened on 30 March 1992 with the achievement of the Oscar with
the song "Beauty and the Beast" and the contemporaneous launch, on the
same day, of her second English album
of 14 songs written by very important authors as Diane Warren, Prince and
Céline e René were in seventh heaven: what they were fighting for was within
reach. But a tragic event was approaching. On 29th April, whey were in Los
Angeles, René had a sudden heart attack; the ready wit of Céline and a lucky
star allowed to René to came out with slightest problem, a forced rest. For
Céline it was a take of conscience and a confirmation of the love for René.
In the summer Céline took part in the American tour of M. Bolton, 25 shows
within a month, opening the concerts and proving to have a great skill on stage,
leaving the audience, come to see the star M. Bolton, pleasantly amazed.
Céline was unstoppable, passing from the tour with Bolton to her own one in
without a day of rest... a real Stakhanovite!!!
During that year, Céline took part more frequently in US, Canadian and French TV
programmes; her popularity became more international. But her privacy troubled
her, she didn't bear the weight of the lie, that's the impossibility to say that
she was in love. The thing weighed so much that during a Canadian programme, she
burst into tears; she was not able to keep the secret and said that she didn't
may talk of the man she was in love with, neither the name, because otherwise
she could compromised his career. By then, René, who supported the theory of
the relation to keep as a secret, was in dire straits and seen Céline suffering
from keeping the secret that was falling down.
1993 began with some triumphs: the
achievement of the Grammy with "Beauty and the Beast", the call from
the White House to sing in honour of the installation of Bill Clinton, the
hosting and the achievement of 4 Juno Awards. If her career was quick as a
also for her privacy a turning point came: on 30th March, her 25th birthday,
gave her the engagement ring and they began to project the marriage. But in the
life of Céline, almost to every happy event, a tragic event is linked, and vice
versa; in the same year, on 3rd May, Karine died in her arms: she was only 16.
This event left its mark and it brought her to intensify her activity as
patroness for the association against cystic fribosis.
The third drastic change of her look, that happened in thats year, was due to a
hairdresser of the Fifth Avenue in New York: Frédérick Fekkai.
A new haircut, a new album: on 8th November, at Montréal Metropolis, she
presented her third English album,
The colour of my love
. During the long
presentation, the press conference with hundreds of guests and ecstatic audience
outside, she sang 7 of 15 songs present in the album. It's been the day on
finally, made public her love for René and their intention to get married
as soon as possible. The so feared reaction of the people was more then
applauses and encouragement came from the joyful crowd.
Before the end of the year, she recorded, in duet wit Clive Griffin, the famous
"When I fall
in love", soundtrack theme of the motion picture "Sleepless in
Her engagements multiplied incessantly, by this time nothing could stop her: she
was a successful woman, free to speak and to live clearly her love story with
"The colour of my love" had an unprecedented success: in February the
album was six time platinum record in Canada, with millions of copies sold in
US and Sony decided to release in Europe as well.
Meanwhile, Céline began the umpteenth tour in Québec: 30 concerts in 18 towns,
everywhere "sold out" with an increasing enthusiasm of real hordes of
fans. From 21st April to 6th May, she was in Japan and sang with the symphonic
orchestra of Tokyo directed by David Foster. Her success all over the world
permitted her to have another candidature for the Grammy with "When I fall
and another summer tour with M. Bolton from 8th June to 27th August; during that
tour, on 18th August, Céline and René announced their marriage.
For her way
to speak and to entertain the audience with an endless series of anecdotes, she
was the favourite guest of the most important TV hosts of the world.
At the end of the summer, "The colour of my love" was 13 times
record, platinum record in Korea, Malesia, gold record in France, Japan,
Indonesia, Hong Kong, New Zealand. 1.000.000 copies sold in Canada, 2.500.000 in
the US. Requests for her live performances came from all over the world, Céline
and René chose the European way. The tour began on 27th September in Paris,
at the mythical Olympia.
In this occasion, J. J. Goldman invited her in her office and made her
listening to 8 songs written by himself specially for Céline; Céline and René
remain speechless for the intensity of the lyrics and the beauty of the songs
and they decided to break the series of English album with a French album, the
recording of which began on 3rd November, at Mega studios in Paris.
The success of Céline was limitless and the CD
Céline Dion a L'Olympia
was certified platinum record on the day of release, on 24th November.
The other albums continued to get a lot of support: "Unison" was
certified six time platinum record, "Céline Dion" seven times
platinum record, "Dion chante Plamandon" twice platinum record.
The year ended with a flourish with the marriage of Céline and René, celebrated
at the Notre-Dame basilica in Montréal in front of 500 guests. At the marriage
they were present the close relatives of the couple and some of the friends of
the show business world, as David Foster and his wife. Finally, Céline realized
her dream and went on the altar as she has dreamt with a dress fit for a
princess and a really amazing marriage. During their honeymoon, spent with René
in their house in Miami, Céline had to take part in "Top of the pops",
the most important British TV programme, due to the success of "Think
In UK, the only country not yet pulled down by the "battleship Dion",
she broke the record of contemporaneous presence at the first place both in the
single and album chart for 5 weeks in a row. The previous record of 4 weeks
belonged to the Beatles!
Finally, the right moment to launch worldwide the French album came: on
28th May, at 7:30 PM in the "studio #24" of Radio Canada, Céline
released on the world market
, consisting of 12 songs written
specially for her by the French author Jean Jacques Goldman. "Pour que tu
at once became a great hit; the song "Vole" was very striking,
written for Karine. The record
then became the best seller French album of all
time, with more than 8.000.000 copies. It has been released also in US with
The French album
, earning a good success!!!
On the same day, her first great European tour begans, with 50 concerts within 2
month, in 20 towns and 11 different countries, inside hall which hold from 6.000
to 16.000 persons. A real challenge!
During this tour, on 24th and 25th October, they foreseen the recording of a new
live album, but Céline lost her voice and the show of 24 has been canceled. They
fear to not respect the time limit, but challenges were petrol for "the
nightingale of Québec" and the day after she drew a wonderful performance
from which they recorded
Live à Paris
, that has been released in 1996.
After the thousand awards received by Céline, there weren't yet the State
honours that usually are attributed to the prominent personalities of the
culture; in January she received the medal of the Knight of Arts and Letters
from the Minister of the French Culture.
Also this last barrier has pulled down and the "nightingale" flied
happy between continents, from an award as the two "Victoires de la
France, to the release of the umpteenth album,
Falling into you
consisting of 16 songs, released on 12nd March.
For Céline it's been the final consecration worldwide.
The album broke all the records and set new ones: it sold 4 millions copies
in 4 days, it remained for 6 weeks at the first place of Billboard chart with
you loved me", love theme of the motion picture "Up close and
and it remained for 19 weeks in the Adult Contemporary Chart!
When, on 19th July, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Atlanta,
she sang wonderfully the song "The power of the dream" in front of
persons inside the stadium and more then 3 billions persons by satellite all
over the world, the prestigious Time dedicated her the cover of the magazine,
praising her musical, artistic and personal talent. The title was "The
Divas of pop".
The success was huge, the appointments were intense and Céline thought to take a
break at the end of the year to rest and to think about a baby.
Before this, a long tour related to "Falling into you" was awaiting
Due to excessive stress that caused her stomach shooting pains, preventing her
to eat anything, she had to stop the tour. After some checks, Céline had to rest
for some time, but she couldn't keep still: she canceled three shows in US, but
she set off again, suffering the same pains that prevented her to eat and
sleep and serenity.
René wanted to stop her, he thought it was stupid to suffer this way, but she
to go on... she knew that it was worse to keep still. Suddenly, in October,
during the tour she felt that the pain was disappeared, as a miracle. She
continued the tour with renewed enthusiasm and without that troublesome problem.
On the gutter press, they talked about anorexia... Céline denied more than once
with energy, but then she left that the rumors took their course.
The sabbatical year she wanted to take from 1/1/1997 was just a memory!
was awaiting her.... after the Latin-American-Iberian market for which she has
recorded the Spanish version of "All by myself", "Sola otra
and for which she has made a duet with Paul Anka with "Mejor decir
Japan was calling her with insistence.
1997 hs been a year rich of awards and participations: she won 2 Grammy Awards,
4 Juno Awards, 3 World Music Awards, 4 Felix Awards. She was the most requested
guest a TV and radio shows, songs writers competed so that Céline sand their
songs, both for pleasure to hear their works performed by a talent as Céline
and for the greater possibilities of gains.
Céline goes straight ahead
and takes part in the ceremony of Oscar, where she sings two songs:
you loved", and the song of Barbra Streisand and B. Adams, "I finally
found someone", replacing Natalie Cole 24 hours before the event, who
should have replaced Barbra Streisand in her turn. For the first time in the
history of Oscar award, an artist sings twice in the same day. Mrs. Streisand
remains amazed by the naturalness of Céline's voice and to thank her, she sends
her a bouquet of flowers and a card, inviting her to sing with her in the
René didn't miss the opportunity and among the 16 songs of
Let's talk about love
released on 14th November, there is also "Tell him", duet with
Streisand and Céline. The album is full of very important artists: Sir George
Martin, once called the "Fifth Beatle", producer of the song "The
Reason", written by the mythical Carole King, in the past author of great
hits as "Like a natural Woman" and "You've got a friend";
the Gibbs brothers, alias The Bee Gees who have written "Immortality";
Luciano Pavarotti, who sings "I hate you then I love you" with
Céline, produced by Tony Renis. And then Brian Adams with J. J. Goldman with
the song "Let's talk about love", Corey Hart with "Where is the
love" and many more artists, among them Diana King, David Foster, Walter
Afanasieff. A different matter is "My heart will go", that's a song
absolutely wanted by its authors, J. Horner and W. Jennings, which is a part of
the soundtrack "Titanic" and that then became a huge hit.
disc invaded and dominated the market! At the half of December, it had sold more
than 10 millions copies all over the word and it was at the top of almost every
chart. The previous records set by the prolific "Falling into you"
have been broken.
For the Japanese market, Céline recorded "Be the man" in Japanese and
she set another record with "To love you more", with more than
At the beginning of 1998, while she was receiving consents, awards and ovations
will go on" won a lot of prizes, among them: American Music Awards, Golden
and Oscar), she prepared to record the second French album with J. J. Goldman.
Meanwhile, she sang live with Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin, Carol King
and other artists in several benefit galas.
At home, she received the Order of Canada, on 30th April, and the Order of
Québec on 1st May.
Her life was running so fast that she was not able neither to enjoy the success
rest; in July the rehearsals of the tour began, tour that began on 21st August
in Boston and that took place in very big stadiums with a 200 square meters
central stage, with a heart shape, build with a very advanced technology.
S'il suffisait D'aimer
, the second album written by J. J.
Goldman for Céline, has been released. The album is consisting of 12 songs which
traces in a more outlined way the traits of his personality and she sings the
songs with the usual skill and with feeling as in the autobiographic one
"On ne change pas"
or in the aching "S'il suffisait d'aimer". Only two songs are not
written by Goldman: the wonderful "Terre" and the evocative
both written by Erick Benzi.
On 1st October, it's been released the first authorized biography written by
Germain (622 pages), whose first edition sold more then 500.000 copies.
On 3rd November, another Xmas album has been released,
These are the special times
consisting of 16 songs, among them some new ones, written by authors of great
merit. Among them, there are the omnipresent Diane Warren with the song with the
same title of the album,
Brian Adams with "Another year has gone by", R. Kelly with "I'm
Tony Renis, Carol Bayer Seger, David Foster and Alberto Testa for the duet with
"The prayer". Other songs are the classic Xmas ones performed by
at her way, as "O holy night", "Happy Xmas", "Brahms'
lullaby". Bold and well done is the approach with the classic repertory
with "Ave Maria" and "Adeste Fidelis". in this album, Céline
has experience of songs writing, with "Don't save it all for Christmas
The tour went on, but Céline had to take part, once again, at the Oscar
she sang with Andrea Bocelli the song "The Prayer"; they didn't win,
but the audience sided with them. Previously, they have sung together at the
ceremony, where Céline has won two prize with "My heart will go on".
the press conference René said that Céline will retire from stage on 31st
December 1999, after a grandiose farewell concert in Montréal; she needed to
rest and they wanted a "petit Angélil" ("little Angélil") as
said, that's a baby.
But their serenity was at risk once again due to the sudden illness of René who
has been admitted to hospital in Dallas on the day of the 31st Céline birthday,
he has been rushed operated for a cancer at the neck. He had to follow a series
radiotherapy and shock therapy. Céline deleted almost the rest of the tour to
stay close to him, keeping only about ten shows in Europe.
Among them, there were the two triumphal concert at Stade de France in Paris on
and 20th June, in front of 95.000 persons each show. René saw those magical
performances, thanks to the prodigies of technology and from them they recorded
Au coeur du stade
, released on 28th August, and the videotape with
the name title, released on 31st August.
Thanks to the treatment and to a lucky star, René set out again and we saw him
in several TV shows at Céline side, and during these shows she
to the audience that had always supported her during her long career, before her
The last release is, up to today,
All the way....A decade of song
an album consisting of 16 songs, 6 of them new and other 10 chosen among
thousands hits. There are several versions, depending on the market. Among the
new songs there are "All the way", duet with Frank Sinatra,
"Then you look at me",
umpteenth product of the award-winning pair Jennings - Horner, "Live",
written by Riccardo Cocciante and Luc Plamondon (song originally written in
French, "Vivre", taken from the musical Notre-Dame de Paris). Also
this album reached the top of the charts of sales and liking of the audience;
left "My heart will go on" with the catchy rhythm of "That's the
is", the first single taken from "All the way".
Time flies and it's the moment of the goodbye, on 31st December,
in Montréal: Céline performs for more than three hours with an exceptional
intensity, with her unique ability to transmit emotions.
She sings one after the other all her hits, receives applauses, celebrates the
new year on the stage with René, her family and her audience.
The moment of the leave comes: dressing a Versace dress and clearly touched,
she sings "Ce n'était qu'un reve". "... the last but the first as
well. The song that permit all this... Thanks mum, thanks to everybody. I love
you", she tells to her audience. And then she sings... sings, like when
Mr. Angélil made her to sing in his office, like when millions times other
people asked her to sing. She sings going up and don on the pentagram of notes
like she did tens other times, always in a different and unique way. She reaches
the final high note, but before she must get her breath back. Yes, because the
emotion is clear, more than a breath it seems a sigh! Then the song end,
audience applauses, she goes far and wide on the stage in the shape of heart,
thanking with big bow. That heart represents the hearts of persons who are
saying goodbye to her, hoping to see her soon, to feel once again that special
emotions that only Céline can transmit.
The lights are going out, the magic
ends and she takes a step backward, loyal to her promises, trying to enjoy the
life, to live a her own life. Her name is now written in very large letters in
the firmament of music and in the hearts of the persons who love her, admire
the persons who have found a little happiness and serenity through her voice and
herself... her name is Céline!
During Céline's hiatus, a compilation album, 'The Collector's Series...Volume One,' was released in October 2000. Among Céline's greatest hits and best-loved recordings, the album also includes
"The Power of the Dream" which Céline performed at the opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games as well as a Spanish version of "All By Myself."
But the greatest joy for Céline and René came with the birth of their son René-Charles Angélil, born January 25, 2001 at 1:00 AM, weighing 6 lbs, 8 oz. He was baptized six months later on July 25, 2001,
in Montreal's grand Notre-Dame Basilica.
A new peak in Céline's spectacular career was reached when she released her new album 'A New Day Has Come' in March 2002, which ended her two-year hiatus. The album entered number one in
more than 17 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, and the United States within two weeks of its debut. It features new tracks that range from
pure 21st century pop, "A New Day Has Come" to dramatic ballads "Have You Ever Been In Love" and "I Surrender," from breathtaking dance music "Sorry For Love" to a pair of pre-rock classics
"At Last;" and "Nature Boy." Other highlights include "I'm Alive," "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)," and "Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)."
The release of the album was accompanied by a blitz of TV specials, appearances on talk shows and magazine interviews all over the world.
In March 2003, Céline began a three-year commitment to appear five nights a week at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a 4000-seat arena designed for her show. A 90-minute event,
A New Day... introduces a new form of entertainment, a fusion of song, performance art, theatrical innovation and state-of-the-art technology. The show was created by Dragone Productions, a team
led by Franco Dragone, the creative spirit behind ten of the critically acclaimed productions by Cirque du Soleil.
On March 25, to coincide with the opening of A New Day..., Céline released 'One Heart,' a brand new album featuring an upbeat cover of Roy Orbison's classic "I Drove All Night" as its first single.
The album also includes songs produced by Ric Wake, Anders Bagge, Kristian Lundin, Peer Astrom, Max Martin, Mark Taylor, Erick Benzi et Humberto Gatica.
On October 14 of the same year, Celine released the much anticipated '1 fille & 4 types,' her first French album in five years. Artistic director Jean-Jacques Goldman, the power behind 'D'eux' (1995)
and 'S'il suffisait d'aimer' (1998), had come up with an idea to surround her with three different writer-composers who have made their mark on the French music scene: Jacques Veneruso, Erick Benzi
and master guitarist Gildas Arzel. The voice of one or other of these incomparable artists accompanies Céline's performance throughout the album, produced by Benzi and guided by Goldman from start to
finish. '1 fille & 4 types' debuted as the top selling in Canada, France and Switzerland in its first week of release. The first single, "Tout l'or des hommes" also made radio history by establishing the record
for becoming the highest charting Francophone single on the National CHR Audience chart in the BDS era in Canada.
In the following year on June 15, 2004, Celine released her wildly anticipated live CD, 'A New Day...Live in Las Vegas.' This album featured two previously unreleased studio tracks, "You And I"
and "Ain't Gonna Look The Other Way" and 13 live tracks from Celine's incredibly successful Las Vegas show, A New Day... Fans cherish the live album as it gives them the opportunity to re-live
the energy from A New Day... over and over again.
Celine teamed up with famed baby photographer Anne Geddes for one of the most incredible artistic collaborations of all time…the Miracle project. ‘Miracle’ was released in October 2004.
Celine and Anne worked together for many months to produce a stunning collection of images and powerful songs celebrating the bond of love between mother and child. The body of work touched the
hearts of people throughout the world. The Miracle CD includes the all-new title track plus 12 other new and time-honoured classics such as “Beautiful Boy” and “What A Wonderful World”. The Miracle
CD/DVD box set includes a 60-page version of the Miracle book and a “making-of-the-CD” DVD. The 180-page Miracle book, which includes the CD and “making-of-the-book” DVD reached the New
York Times Best-Seller List.
Celine’s first French language 'Best Of' album 'On ne change pas,' was released in October 2005. This beautiful 2-disc compilation features Celine’s biggest French hits as well as three new songs
including "Je ne vous oublie pas," "Tous les secrets" and "I Believe In You" (a duet with Il Divo). ‘On ne change pas, the DVD’ is a collection of Celine’s greatest French video-clips and also includes one
hour of bonus material.
October 2005 also marked the release of a truly unique book project encompassing Celine's life in words and pictures. 'Celine Dion: For Keeps' is an intimate look into Celine's personal and professional
life from her childhood days though to her spectacular show in Vegas. Author Jenna Glatzer spoke with Celine, her family, close friends and associates during the course of a year to come up with a detailed
and accurate story of her life. The result is a treasury for Celine's fans: a book which documents Celine's life and times, featuring rare photographs and removable mementos from Celine’s personal
In 2006 she celebrated 25 years as a hit recording artist. 2007 was an incredible year for Celine, in May it came out the album in french
D'Elles and an album in English Taking Chances come out in October. In November her management announced the World Tour Scheduling
and in December Celine wrapped her four-and-a-half-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas,
which grossed a staggering USD$385 million, drawing nearly 3 million people to 717 shows which grossed nearly USD$400 million in ticket sales.
Her show rewrote the rules regarding headliner entertainment in Sin City. "We definitely took a chance on something that 99% of the industry said we would fail on,"
Concerts West co-president John Meglen said. "But the real truth of the matter is we proved something that works in that marketplace, that an artist can
sit down in Las Vegas and allow the audience to travel to them instead of the artist traveling to each city."
Celine marked history once again as the only music DVD to be certified Triple Diamond status in Canada, over 300,000 units. Celine Dion - A New Day: Live In Las Vegas
held the number ONE position on the Music Video Chart since its release. Its debut captured the biggest sales week debut in Nielsen SoundScan history for a DVD only release. Triple Diamond is an
astounding achievement considering that only 5 other DVD releases (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Live Aid, and Live 8) have ever reached Double-Diamond (200,000 units) in Canada.
Celine Dion - A New Day Live in Las Vegas is a deluxe five hour double-DVD set, commemorating Celine's historic five-year record-breaking, sold-out run of her Las Vegas concert
extravaganza. This latest achievement follows the No. 1 debut of Céline's 4X Platinum CD Taking Chances which achieved the top position on both the Nielsen SoundScan Top
200 and Digital Album Charts in its debut week. 2007 also saw her French-language album, D'elles, debut at No. 1, garnering Céline the two highest sales entries in Canada (for two different
albums) so far this year - an unprecedented achievement in Canadian SoundScan history. The release of Celine Dion - A New Day: Live In Las Vegas on Blu-ray, which arrived in stores this
February, marks the first-ever from a Quebec artist to be released on this format.
Still in December Jim Gibbons, Nevada's Governor, consecrated Dion with the newly created Nevada Entertainer of the New Millennium Award. The award recognized Dion for "entertaining
millions and changing the lives of all Nevadans through her commitment to philanthropic giving." Nevada first lady Dawn Gibbons gifted Dion with a Nevada-mined turquoise necklace.
With each new release, Céline has managed to top her previous successes and, along the way, has become one of the brightest stars in the world of popular music. Who would have imagined that Quebec's
best-kept secret could have conquered the world the way she has? Looking back now, we should have known it all along.
Celine Dion begins her world concert tour February 14, 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Georges Hebert Germain: Céline - Dundurn Press 1998
Biography written by celinedion.com
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