in Charlemagne (a small town 30 miles east of Montreal, Quebec,
Canada), Céline is the youngest of 14 children of a highly
musical family. Her parents, both musicians, operated a small
club, and on weekends, the entire family performed and entertained
the local population. From the tender age of 5, Céline
sang with her siblings and quickly acquired the ability to perform
live. At the age of twelve, together with her mother and one of
her brothers, Céline composed a French song which would
forever alter the course of her life.
humble beginnings in a rural French Canadian home town, Céline
Dion has risen to international superstardom like a shooting star.
Céline has been called the premier contemporary pop vocalist
of the Nineties. She has earned music industry accolades from
around the world: Grammy Awards in the US, Juno and Felix Awards
in Canada, and World Music Awards in Europe. The entire world
has seen Céline Dion literally transform herself from a
gifted pre-adolescent into an international superstar.
The demo tape containing the song was brought to the attention
of René Angélil, a well respected personal manager.
In January 1981, René was so taken by the voice of the
young Céline, that he became determined to make her an
internationally known talent - he even mortgaged his house to
finance the recording of Céline's debut album!
began to receive recognition for her talent in 1982, winning the
Gold Medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo, along with
the coveted Musician's Award for Top Performer. In 1983, she became
the first Canadian ever to receive a Gold Record in France.
The streak of recognition had only just begun.
Céline had established a strong name for herself in her
native province of Quebec, where she was enjoying superstar status,
receiving numerous Felix Awards and racking up platinum albums.
That same year, Céline won the prestigious Eurovision Song
Contest in Dublin Ireland, where she performed live before a television
audience of 600 million viewers throughout Europe, the USSR, the
Middle-East, Japan, and Australia.
international breakthrough came when she recorded the title track
for the soundtrack to the animated Disney hit movie 'Beauty and
the Beast.' The song went to number one and garnered an Academy
Award and a Grammy Award. ''Beauty and the Beast'' formed the
cornerstone for Céline's second English language album,
called simply 'Céline Dion.' That album produced four more
hit singles including ''Love Can Move Mountains,'' ''Water From
The Moon,'' ''If You Asked Me To'' and ''Did You Give Enough Love.''
In Canada, the album went six times platinum and set the stage
for an incredible streak of Juno Awards.
one of popular music's great voices, she has crossed all barriers
- even that of language - with her electrifying series of international
hits. With her breakneck pace of recording, video shoots, touring
and appearing on TV shows and awards specials, it seems like Céline
has time for little else. Not the case when it comes to an important
cause. Céline has used her talents to further the cause
of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In fact, one of Céline's
most emotional songs (''Vole,'' from the 'D'eux' album, later
translated into English as the song ''Fly,'' which appears on
the 'Falling Into You' album) is a touching memorial to her niece,
Karine, who was taken from her by this disease.
In 2002 after
her two-year hiatus, she returned to the music world with a new
album A New Day Has Come. The album debuted at number one across
17 countries all over the world, and it sold over 600,000 copies
in the United States in its first week, being the highest selling
album of the year in the first week. She had a contract to perform
in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In March 2003,
Dion was everywhere: on 25 March her A New Day show opened in
Las Vegas, and her album One Heart was released. The album has
been certificated as 10th-best selling album of the year, according
She also released
her own perfume line, which was well received and was advertised
on commercial television. It was one of the top-ten selling perfumes
2003, Céline begins a three-year commitment to appear five
nights a week at Caesars Palace Coliseum in Las Vegas, a three-tier,
4000-seat arena designed and currently being built for her show.
The 90-minute spectacle will introduce a new form of entertainment,
a fusion of song, performance art, theatrical innovation and state-of-the-art
technology that will inspire its own creative genre. The show
is created by Dragone Productions, a team led by Franco Dragone,
the creative spirit behind ten of the critically acclaimed productions
by Cirque du Soleil.
2003, her French album 1 fille & 4 types was released. The
album is yet again a collaboration between Dion and Jean-Jacques
Goldman (joined by three of his friends, Gildas Arzel, Eric Benzi
and Jacques Veneruso), who had previously worked with her on S'il
suffisait d'aimer and D'eux (also known as The French Album, which
sold nine million copies worldwide, making it the most sold French-language
album of all time). Critics have called it Dion's best and most
natural album. Dion herself has referred to it as "the album
of pleasure". The first single from this album, "Tout
l'or des hommes", established the record for becoming the
highest charting Francophone single on the National (English)
CHR Audience chart in the BDS era. "Tout l'or des hommes"
reached number five on the English CHR Audience Chart.
In July 2004,
"You and I", the promo song for the new Air Canada advertising
campaign, actually hit No. 1 in the Canadian mainstream adult
contemporary category, according to Nielsen BDS. Difficult though
this may be to credit, the song, included as a "bonus track"
on her A New Day... Live in Las Vegas album, cracked the Top 100
most requested singles on Canadian radio stations for 23 weeks.
2004, Dion released her first concept album, Miracle, produced
by David Foster, as part of a multimedia franchise conceived by
both Dion and photographer Anne Geddes. The theme of the album
is centred around babies. The project was available in three different
versions: the CD with a 20-page booklet featuring photos by world-renowned
baby photographer Anne Geddes; the Limited Edition CD/DVD Box
Set includes a 60-page version of the Miracle book, the Miracle
CD and a "making of the CD" DVD; the 180-page book with
the Miracle CD and the "making of the book" DVD.