CELINE DION: A Life and Career from a humble beginnings

By: Matthew Cuyugan  |  July 14, 2018

With the ‘Titanic’ hit “My Heart Will Go On”, Céline Dion sang into our hearts and wrote music history.

Now, she is Canada’s biggest-selling artist ever, but also, Céline Dion has started from very humble beginnings. As the youngest of 14 siblings, today’s chart-topper found her voice early and sang at the tender age of five in the piano bar, with her parents Adhémar and Thérèse. At twelve, she composed a song with her mother that would change her entire life.

“Ce n’était qu’un rêve” was the name of the song with which Céline Dion attracted the attention of music manager, which became her husband, René Angélil. This firmly believed in the star qualities of the then still very young singer and even took a mortgage on his house to finance Celine’s first studio album.

Before she became known outside of Canada, Céline took in 1982 at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan. With the track “D’amour ou d’amitié” in 1983, she was the first Canadian artist to receive a Golden Record in France before appearing and winning the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland.

By the end of the 80s, Céline had established itself in their Canadian home and in France as a solid music-performer and has won several awards. In the US, the singer was hardly known and therefore she decided to breathe into the learning in English. Her first English-language album was titled “Unison” and finally brought her the worldwide success.

Finally, Céline became famous with the Disney hit “Beauty and the Beast”, which she recorded in 1992 in a duet with Peabo Bryson. The theme song of the popular cartoon film “The Beauty and the Beast” became a mega-hit and brought the producer of the song, Alan Menken, and Howard Ashman the Oscar Award for the Best Music, Original Song.

In the following years, Dion made with her albums and songs – including “The Power of Love”, “Because You Loved Me” and “Think Twice” – again and again, topped the charts across the globe. In 1997, James Horner and Will Jennings wrote the song ‘My Heart Will Go On’, which inspired the crowds as the theme tune of film director James Cameron’s multiple Oscar-winning box-office hits “Titanic”. The song turned out not only as a catchy tune but also as Céline’s biggest single hit, which gave her three Grammys and an Academy Award. In 1999, the Canadian singer finally announced that she would take a break and concentrate on her private life.

Credits: Montreal Gazette

For René Angélil, Céline Dion not only found her manager but eventually also her great love. In 1994, the two got married.

After a few years, Céline’s deepest desire to have children becomes a reality. In 2001, her first child and son, René-Charles, saw the light of day before the twins Nelson and Eddy joined the family in 2010

From 2003 to 2007, she appeared regularly at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which was so well received by the audience that Céline returned to the stage in 2011 for another three years. In 2013, her husband, René, contracted cancer again, prompting the singer to put on hiatus once again.

Céline Dion took on the side of her husband on the fight against cancer. Unfortunately, after a long day of having this illness, René Angélil died on January 14, 2016, at the age of 73 years in his home in Las Vegas. Just two days later, Dion’s brother Daniel, died of cancer. Two strokes of fate, but it also brings Céline to become a strong woman to its knees. With more than 250 million albums sold, she may be one of the most successful pop singers of all time, but one thing always has priority for her: FAMILY.

Céline Dion will have a concert here in Manila for the first time, on July 19 & 20, 2018 at the SM MOA Arena. The concert was promoted by Ovation Productions, with AEG Presents Asia and presented by PLDT & Smart, and Sunlife.

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