My Heart Will Go On
"It's the moment you think you can't that you realize you can." Celine Dion
One of the best-selling female artists of all time, Celine Dion garnered international recognition while singing the Grammy and Oscar winning movie ballads "Beauty and the Beast" (1992, with Peabo Bryson, from Disney movie) and "My Heart Will Go On" (1998, from the blockbuster epic Titanic movie). The Canadian diva is also widely known for her albums Let's Talk About Love (1997, spawned hit song "To Love You More"), Falling into You (1996, with hit single "Because You Loved Me") and The Color of My Love (1993, with hit songs "The Power of Love" and "Think Twice"). Initially noticed with her international breakthrough single "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" (1990), Celine Dion is also remembered for her duet with Barbra Streisand in the single "Tell Him" (1997) and her club hit "Love Can Move Mountains" (1992).
Celine Dion took a break from the music scene in 1999 to start a family with her long-time manager-husband René Angelil. In 2004, she released her latest album, Miracle. She reportedly will soon release a collection of her greatest French music hits, titled On Ne Change Pas.
Hazel-eyed, brown-haired, 5' 7" tall Celine Dion, whose albums have sold over 150 million copies worldwide, received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto on June 25, 2003, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. She recently branched out in business, launching her own perfume line, magazine and restaurant chain called Nickles.
Childhood and Family:
"I guess it all depends on your nature. Some people can't stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I'm a regular talking machine. It's all or nothing for me." Celine Dion
In Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada, Celine Marie Claudette Dion was born on March 30, 1968, to Roman Catholic parents Adhemar Dion (died on December 2, 2003) and Therese Tanguay. The youngest of 14 children, Celine has nine older sisters: Pauline, Manon, Linda, Ghislaine, Louise, Liette, Claudette, Clement, Denise and four older brothers: Paul, Daniel, Jacques and Michel. Her musician parents toured Canada when she was a baby and later opened a piano bar, where the family members frequently sang for the customers.
Celine Dion, who has "sharp-looking" smile and was called "Vampire Queen" in high school, married her longtime manager René Angelil (born on January 16, 1942) on December 17, 1994, in Montreal, Québec, Canada. The couple renewed their wedding vows on January 5, 2000, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, and welcomed son Rene-Charles Angelil on January 25, 2001 (through in vitro fertilization). She also has one stepson, Patrick Angélil, who is three months older than Celine.
Falling into You
Along with her mother and one of her brothers, 12-year-old Celine Dion composed her first song, "Ce n'etait qu'un rêve" ("It Was Only a Dream").
Brother Michel sent the song’s demo tape to manager and producer Rene Angelil, who had launched the popular Francophone singer Ginette Reno.
After listening to Dion’s beautiful voice and conducting a personal interview with her, Angelil directly singed her on and mortgaged his home to support Dion’s career.
In 1981, Dion’s first record in the French language, "La Voix du bon Dieu" ("The Voice of God") was released. It became the No. 1 local single and subsequently grew broader, winning her the gold medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo, along with the Musician's Award for Top Performer. In 1983, Dion became the first Canadian ever to receive a Gold Record in France.
Dreaming of being a superstar, 18-year-old Celine Dion transformed her physical appearances and began learning English. Afterward, she produced the 1987 album Incognito, which became a Francophone runaway success in her country. Dion represented Switzerland in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin on April 30, 1988, singing "Ne partez pas sans moi." Following her victory in the contest, Dion received wider recognition, notably in Europe, the USSR, the Middle East, Japan and Australia.
Unison, Dion's first English-language album, was released in September of 1990. It spawned the international breakthrough single "Where Does My Heart Beat Now," which went to the US single chart at No. 4. The album sold 3 million copies worldwide and earned Dion her first platinum certification from RIAA. In 1991, Dion released the French-language album Dion chante Plamondon (known as Des Mots qui sonnent in France, USA release: May 1994). She also started acting, playing Elisa in the true-story-based TV series "Des fleurs sur la neige" (1991).
The first Grammy and more international recognition arrived in 1992, when Dion and Peabo Bryson recorded the title soundtrack for the animated Disney hit movie Beauty and the Beast. The song became the Oscar’s Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or Television and won Dion and Bryson Grammy’s Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The song peaked on the US charts for five weeks and is featured in Celine Dion’s self-titled album (released in March 1992). Other singles include "If You Asked Me to," "Love Can Move Mountains" and "Nothing Broken but My Heart." The acclaimed album sold 5.5 million copies, nabbed two times platinum in America and six in Canada.
The Color of My Love, Dion's third English-language album, was released in November 1993 with the debut single "When I Fall in Love." The album spawned the US No. 1 single, a cover of Jennifer Rush's "The Power of Love" (4 weeks), the UK No. 1 "Think Twice" (7 weeks) and the Japan No. 1 "To Love You More." The Color of My Love netted worldwide sales for 20 million copies and went platinum 6 times in America.
Meanwhile, Dion released two French-language albums, Céline Dion à l'Olympia (1994) and D'eux (1995). The latter spawned the No. 1 France hits "Pour que tu m'aimes encore” (To Love Me Again, No. 7 in the UK) and "Je Sais Pas." She also recorded a collection of Carole King songs called Tapestry Revisited and In My Life (a collection of Beatles songs in tribute of producer George Martin) in 1995.
The smash hit Falling into You was released in March 1996, with the title track as the first single. The next song, "Because You Loved Me," topped the US charts at No. 1 for 6 weeks and spotted the UK charts at No. 5. The following singles "All by Myself" reached the US charts at No. 4 (No. 6 in UK) and "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" climbed the US charts to No. 2 (No. 3 in UK). The album became Grammy's Album of the Year and Best Pop Album, and eventually collected 11 times platinum in America. That same year, Dion also sang the theme song, "The Power of the Dream" at the opening ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympics.
Celine Dion gained international recognition once again in 1997 when she sang "My Heart Will Go On" for the soundtrack of James Cameron's 1997 Oscar winning movie Titanic. The song is written by James Horner and produced by James Horner and Walter Afanasieff. It garnered many awards, including Grammy's Best Female Pop Performance and Record of the Year. "My Heart Will Go On" became the all-time best-selling orchestral soundtrack in recording history. She was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada for her outstanding contribution to the world of contemporary music and Officer of the National Order of Quebec. Later that year, Dion was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.
"My Heart Will Go On" is featured in the album Let's Talk About Love (released in November 1997). The album also featured "Tell Him" (with Barbra Streisand, No. 5 Adult Contemporary US, No. 3 UK), "To Love You More" (No. 1 Adult Contemporary US) and "Immortality" (with The Bee Gees, No. 5 UK). The album sold 31 million copies worldwide.
After releasing the French album S'il suffisait d'aimer in October 1998, Dion released the holiday album These Are Special Times in November 1998. It featured her duet with R. Kelly in "I'm Your Angel" (stayed on the US No. 1 chart for 6 weeks). Dion also sang a duet with Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli in the song "The Prayer," a soundtrack for the 1998 animated film Quest for Camelot. The album sold 15 million copies internationally and received 4 times RIAA's platinum certification.
All the Way...A Decade of Song was released in November 1999. It featured several previous hit songs and some new tracks, including the No. 6 US "That's the Way It Is" and the No. 7 Hot Dance US "I Want You to Need Me." Dion also sang a remake of Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," a remake of Frank Sinatra’s "All The Way," and "Then You Look at Me" (from Bicentennial Man). All the Way...A Decade of Song sold 20 million copies worldwide. Afterward, Dion announced that she would take a break from the music scene to spend more time with her family. During that time, The Collector's Series - Volume 1 was released in October 2000 and went gold.
Marking her return to the music world, Dion released A New Day Has Come, in March 2002. The single "A New Day Has Come" peaked on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US at No. 1 and stayed there for 21 weeks. It also featured "I'm Alive" (from Stuart Little 2 motion picture), "The Greatest Reward" (adapted from a song of the French stage musical Les dix Commandements, "L'envie d'aimer") and a cover of Etta James' hit, "At Last."
In March 2003, Dion released One Heart, which spawned the singles "I Drove All Night" (a remake of Roy Orbison's song with same name) "One Heart" and "Have You Ever Been In Love" (No. 2 Adult Contemporary US, 14 weeks). It sold 2 million copies worldwide and went platinum twice. That same year, in November, Dion released another French album, Une Fille Et 4 Types, a collaboration with Jean-Jacques Goldman. She also released A New Day... Live in Las Vegas, in June 2004, with the No. 1 in Canada "You and I" (No. 16 in the US).
Miracle is Dion’s latest album, released in October 2004, with the singles "Beautiful Boy" and "In Some Small Way." Produced by David Foster, Miracle sold 5 millions copies. In mid 2005, Dion shipped a taped performance of "Love Can Move Mountains" to Ontario, Canada as part of the worldwide Live 8 concerts and recorded "Dance With My Father" for the album So Amazing (a tribute album to the late Luther Vandross). More recent, she reportedly will release a collection of her greatest French music hits titled On Ne Change Pas on October 3, 2005.