Who has never heard about this talented Quebecer lady from Charlemagne?
Her touching and resonant voice with emotion has, for decades, conquered millions of fans all around the world.
She came into the world on March 30th, 1968. Celine is the youngest of fourteen children. Her parents were middle class people, Dion emerged as teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband Rene Angelil mortgaged his home to finance her first record.
In 1982 when she appeared on the Yamaha World Popular Song festival. In 1986 she signed on with Sony records.
While she was only twenty she won the Eurovision concourse and two years later, her first big global success came with the release of the album titled, “Unison”.
But it was the early part of the 1990s when she received great success world wide. In this period she came out with several French and English albums.
She worked in particular with Jean-Jacques Goldman who made her an amazing singer in France. “D’Eux” remains one of the best-seller albums and the next discs were also really successful. This wonderful duet-playing of artists was the French public’s favourite.
Over the years, through titles such as “My Heart will go on”, “Beauty and the beast”, “The power of love”, “Tell Him” or “Immortality” she joined most famous musicians like Barbra Streisand or the Bee Gees. Thus she got an international recognition.
In 1999, she temporarily retired from the music business to start a family and spend more time with her ailing husband who had been diagnosed with cancer.
In 2001, the couple gave birth to a little boy, Rene-Charles, and thus decided to have a break.
Moreover, she has never once hesitated over benefitting from her fame to offer the poorest her generosity and her kindness (Les Enfoirés’ concert, victims from the Tsunami…).
Later on, “A New Day…” nightly show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for five years transformed her into an American performer. This way, she was thrust to the top of the music celebrities.
Her Taking Chances World Tour 2008/2009 in which she plays surrounded with excellent dancers is gorgeous as well! As a big fan, believe me, it was hard stop crying during the show, when I saw her a few months ago!!!
Celine is a great, nice and strong lady who invites people to share one of her life philosophy: “S’il suffisait d’aimer” (If it was enough to love…)
By Clemence Legros