Celine Dion Biography

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Singer. Born March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. The youngest of 14 children of Adhemar and Therese Dion, she grew up in a close-knit musical family. Her parents formed a singing group, Dion's Family, which toured Canada when Celine was still an infant. They later opened a piano bar, where the five-year-old Celine would perform to the delight of customers.

At the age of 12, Dion recorded a demo tape of a song she had written with her mother. They sent the tape to the manager and producer Rene Angelil, who handled the career of the popular French singer Ginette Reno. After hearing the tape and inviting Dion to perform for him in person, Angelil signed her immediately under the condition that he would have complete control over her career. He mortgaged his own home to finance her debut album, La Voix du bon Dieu (The Voice of God).

By the age of 18, Dion had recorded nine French albums and won numerous Felix and Juno awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy). In 1988, she won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland, and her performance was broadcast live in countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Japan. After this taste of international acclaim, Dion began looking to the south, and American stardom. She recorded her first English language album, Unison, in 1990. Like most of her English language albums, it was a collaboration with the songwriter-arranger-musician David Foster. Driven by the top-five single "Where Does My Heart Beat Now," Unison sold over one million copies worldwide. Dion's real breakthrough into pop music stardom came in 1992, when she recorded the theme to Disney's hit animated feature Beauty and the Beast, a duet with Peabo Bryson. The song became a No. 1 smash, winning both a Grammy and an Academy Award. It was featured on her second English album, Celine Dion, which became her first gold record in the United States and sold more than 12 million copies internationally. The undeniable success of her self-titled effort, which also included her second No. 1 hit, "If You Asked Me To," allowed Dion to launch her first headlining tour in the United States.

Dion quickly capitalized on her newfound fame, releasing the top-selling The Colour of My Love in 1993. The album showcased the romantic power ballads that Dion had become known for, including "When I Fall in Love" (featured on the soundtrack for the hit film Sleepless in Seattle), "The Power of Love," and "Because You Loved Me" (from the soundtrack to Robert Redford's sentimental Up Close and Personal).

In 1994, Dion happily merged her personal and professional life when she and Angelil were married. Angelil, 26 years her senior, had divorced his second wife during the 1980s, and he and Dion had begun a romantic relationship shortly after she had turned 19. Engaged in 1991, the couple tied the knot at Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica, in an elaborate ceremony that was celebrated throughout Canada.

Dion's international stardom was solidified by her performance of "The Power of the Dream," at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. That same year, Dion's Falling Into You won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Album. The next year, however, would hold even greater glory for Dion with the release of the blockbuster film Titanic, costarring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, for which Dion sang the theme song, "My Heart Will Go On." By the time the film raked in a record number of Oscar nominations (it won 11, including Best Song), Dion's ballad had become ubiquitous on radio stations around the world. Included on both the Titanic soundtrack album and Dion's own Let's Talk About Love, "My Heart Will Go On" propelled both to the No. 1 and No. 2 slots on Billboard's album charts and a combined 50 million records sold worldwide. Let's Talk About Love also featured collaborations with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, the Bee Gees, and Bryan Adams.

Dion received the National Order of Quebec, her province's highest honor, in April 1998. Later that year, she appeared alongside Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, and Shania Twain on the high-profile televised concert Divas Live (1998) on VH-1. While touring relentlessly and recording several albums (including S'il Suffisait d'Aimer and a holiday album, These Are Special Times), Dion was well rewarded at the Billboard Music Awards in late 1998, where she won six awards including Album Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for Let's Talk About Love. Her extensive 14-country tour, which had begun in the summer of 1998, culminated in a gala concert in Montreal on December 31, 1999, in honor of the new millennium.

In the first months of 2000, Dion announced that she was taking time off from her career in order to focus on her family. She and Angelil had been trying to have children for years, and eventually decided to use in vitro fertilization to conceive. In May 2000, Dion underwent two small operations at a fertility clinic in New York in order to improve her chances of becoming pregnant. Her efforts were successful, and on January 25, 2001, Dion gave birth to a boy, Rene-Charles. She has revealed in interviews that she has stored another fertilized egg in the fertility clinic and plans someday to give her son a sibling. Angelil, who was diagnosed with skin cancer in 1999, is now in remission.

After a two-year hiatus, Dion returned in March 2002 with A New Day Has Come, which topped the charts in over 17 countries. A year later, she began a much-hyped 36-month engagement at Caesars Palace, the famous Las Vegas hotel and casino. Dion simultaneously released the album One Heart, which did not fair as strongly as its predecessor.

Dion returned to creating French-language albums with 2003's 1 Fille & 4 Types. Partnering with photographer Anne Geddes, she had a hit with the children's music album Miracle: A Celebration of New Life (2004). In 2007, Dion released two albums. Taking Chances nearly reached the top of the pop album charts, and D'Elles was another French-language recording.

While she 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.

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I love you so much! | Reviewer: zaina | 8/26/14

I just want to I really love you so much. Honestly. I like all your song actually your beautiful voice. Ohh god! Make me addicted when I play your song to many ttimes.. Haha. If I have a change I really want to meet you in real live!! Thats my dream sis. Aminn

goodbye's the saddest word | Reviewer: catherine teberio | 8/4/14

you know Celine,i've a die hard fan since i was just a little kid.I have loved you until this very moment of time,not a day passed by that i dont think about you,you always come up to my mind,every single night i cant be asleep without your soulfull voice,,i enjoy your music so much,you have an amazing family,i can tell....I want to see so bad,,im so addicted to you,
my favourite of you is tHis song.As i was writing this,your beautiful,angelic voice is what i hear..It reminds me how much i love my mom..And thanks to you for recording this fantastic song,i love all ur song..Nd i hope someday we meet.
I love you,ad i will always until my last breathE.Take care always,,i wish to god that u have a healthy body and your amazing family too.

right in front of you | Reviewer: stephanie Nzete | 6/28/14

my Celine.....u've gat d most voice hav eva heard in my life, i admire u alot nd ah really wish i can hav ah swt voice as yours. Im so much in love wt ya voice nd lyrics, they're so meaningful, touches my heart nd soul nd inspires my love. Ure a darling celine, keep it up. Love u soooo much.

Power of love | Reviewer: Peter omotayo | 4/16/14

Hi my sis. I do enjoy ur tracks most especially power of love. Pls, keep it up i lov u, ilov ur music, ur voice every tin concern u . Pls, try make ur tour to Nigeria . I promises u security garateen . I lov gud night

Think Twice | Reviewer: Sthembiso | 4/13/14

This is the song that I played repeatedly the first time I heard it in 1995 since then I loved you music I even buy you Frech albums thow I dont understand French laguege just for that special voice & I must say that most of your songs have good meaning.

Power of love | Reviewer: Manga Ovye | 2/7/14

Hi, I really enjoy your tone, voice, and your words. I think you're the best singer I ever see, your music is always creating a feelings of happiness in my soul. Thanks so much I LOVE you.....

love | Reviewer: rosemary | 1/15/14

u'v been d best singer i'v ever knw. I realy wish u'l live nd sing 4ever. All ur sonds ar writen deep from d hrt nd dats y each time i listen to dem it touches my hrt alot. I love you so much dion

immortality | Reviewer: Richard jacob | 12/2/13

thank u very much Celine... Great sonq by a qreat sinqer. Am proud 2say m a biqqest fan of you. Immortality reminds of how much my dreams matters with many a friend to hold on in mind..... I love this sonq nd i also love 'if walls could talk'.... Evry nyt in my dreams, i wish you'd kome 2my country nigeria.. Listeninq 2ur sonqs nd sinqinq alonq has helped me bkm a better sinqer.... Oh yes, a better 'Richard'.. Ur voice is sweetened love 2my soul.

Petit papa noel | Reviewer: Shaune | 11/29/13

Hi celine im a big fan of u,i got all your cd's frm french up 2 yr lates,love me back 2 life,bt i did download a song of you,that u did in 1981 an i love it,i lik french alt an i lear it very fast 2,u amazing,u the best u are my star,the QUEEN of music,u are nothing but the best of thee best,we al love u,mwah

love ur music | Reviewer: vanessa martin | 11/6/13

mrs dion i have grew up listening to ur music my favorite one or my two are Because you loved me when i play that it reminds me of my bestfriend and our friendship.The other one is im your angel that is the most beautiful song i,ve ever heard to me you have the most beautiful voice i would love to meet you someday and to meet oprah. Two other songs i like of yours are the power of love and if you ask me too.

Goodbye is d saddest word. | Reviewer: Abdullah | 8/29/13

Dear miss Celine Dion, my name is
Abdullah and i really adore and love
you as one of you,re avid fan all over
the world.. i wish that i can have a
picture with you... I love ur song dat said Goodbye is d saddest word. I wish u wil cm 2 my country one day 2 gv us a beutiful song@Nigeria.

Pit of hell | Reviewer: Raymond | 6/4/13

Celine Not only that you are in the bottom of the pit of hell (vegas). But also with your "charm" and using GOD's voice to sing (GIFT). You are attracting the true fan of GOD to fall in the pit of hell with you. Vegas=EVIL! Je t'aime beaucoup.

Power of love | Reviewer: abbey spartacus | 5/26/13

hi big sister,i love u so much,if am watchin ur clip lik dis,i do always pray 4 u cos ur song do makes me appi,plis try 2 make ur tour to nigeria,so dat my dream wil bcom reality,cos u peck me in my dream,love u n rene

lets talk about love | Reviewer: aniobi philip, aka aniobison | 5/8/13

hello u ar d diva we knw let almighty God give u mor strenght to do bcus i lv gud thng as my father ambrose taught me, so am congratulating. Even wen i'was in camerron which i'was 10yr by den, 1 day i, had a song, they re'singing am alive by den so i nw ask my mother who owns dat sung which am hearing, she replied to say celine dion, bt all i'knw is teach ur son hw to do as u did, i lv canada ur side gudbye

vegas? | Reviewer: Raymond | 4/30/13

I also believe that you have la voix du bon DIEU. But do you believe that le bon DIEU want you to use his voice to sing in vegas (sin city)? Do you think that you are doing honor to GOD by using his voice to sing in vegas ? Where do you think GOD would use his voice to sing ? La voix du bon DIEU was for you to praise and honor la voix du bon DIEUX around the world! La voix du bon DIEU got you out of being poor! But la voix du bon DIEU can also get you out of being rich. This statement was writing by someone qui t'aime beaucoup.

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