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entrepreneur , songwriter , Canadian singer

Céline Dion, the Canadian star, admired by millions around the world is primarily known for her incredible and gifted vocal abilities. At only 18, she had recorded nine French albums and won numerous awards. Her break through into pop music stardom came in 1992 with the Disney hit song for Beauty and the Beast. She thenceforth went on to record other hits including The Power of Love, Because You Loved Me, My Heart Will Go On and I'm Your Angel.

Background

Ethnicity: Céline Dion is the youngest of 14 children born to Adhémar Dion and Thérèse Tanguay, both of French-Canadian descent

Celine Marie Claudette Dion was born on 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, and they toured Canada when Celine was still an infant. They later opened a piano bar, where the 5-year-old Celine would perform to the delight of customers.

At the age of 12, Celine 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 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 a Grammy Award). 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, she began looking to the south, and American stardom.

Dion 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 5 single "Where Does My Heart Beat Now," Unison sold more than 1 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 ("Beauty and the Beast") made it to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won 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, also including the hit "If You Asked Me To," which made it to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, allowed Dion to launch her first headlining tour in the United States.

Education

She dropped out of school around the time she was 12 in order to pursue her career.

She hated school. It's been mentioned that she had a tutor on the road with her, she hasn`t ever actually finished any sort of formal education.

In 1990 she recorded her first English CD "Unison". She needed to learn English in order to pursue a career singing it, and break into the US and European markets. She did an intensive Berlitz course with one on one instruction, 8 hours a day, for I think 1 or 2 months.

That's pretty much all there is as far as academics is concerned. Vocal training is different though...

Career

At age 12, Dion collaborated with her mother and her brother Jacques to compose her first song, "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" ("It Was Only a Dream"). Her brother Michel Dondalinger Dion sent the recording to music manager René Angélil, whose name he discovered on the back of a Ginette Reno album. Angélil was moved to tears by Dion's voice, and decided to make her a star. In 1981, he mortgaged his home to fund her first record, La voix du bon Dieu ("The Voice of the Good God"), which later became a local number-one hit and made Dion an instant star in Quebec.

Dion had first gained international recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. Following a series of French albums in the early 1980s, she signed on to CBS Records Canada in 1986. During the 1990s, with the help of Angélil, she achieved worldwide fame after signing with Epic Records and releasing several English albums along with additional French albums, becoming one of the most successful artists in pop music history. However, in 1999 at the height of her success, Dion announced a hiatus from entertainment in order to start a family and spend time with her husband, who had been diagnosed with cancer. She returned to the top of pop music in 2002 and signed a three-year (later extended to almost five years) contract to perform nightly in a five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada.

Les Productions Feeling Inc., also known as Feeling Inc. or just Feeling, is an artist management company based in Laval, Quebec, Canada and owned by Dion and her husband and manager, Rene Angelil. Dion is also founder of Nickels Restaurant food chain. Dion and her husband also own Le Mirage Golf Club and Schwartz's Restaurant. In association with Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Shaquille O'Neal she opened a popular night club called Pure, located at Caesars Palace.

Dion became an entrepreneur with the establishment of her franchise restaurant, Nickels in 1990. She has since divested her interests in the chain and is no longer affiliated with Nickels, as of 1997. In 2003, Dion signed a deal with Coty, Inc. to release Celine Dion Parfums. Her latest fragrance, Signature, was released in September 2011 with an advertising campaign by New York agency Kraftworks NYC. Since its inception, Celine Dion Parfums has grossed over $850 million in retail sales. In October 2004, Air Canada hired Dion as part of their promotional campaign to unveil new service products and an updated livery. "You and I", the theme song sung by Dion, was written by advertising executives working for Air Canada.

Dion has actively supported many charity organizations, worldwide. She has promoted the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) since 1982, and became the foundation's National Celebrity Patron in 1993.She has an emotional attachment to the foundation; her niece Karine succumbed to the disease at the age of sixteen, in Dion's arms. In 2003, she joined a number of other celebrities, athletes, and politicians, including Josh Groban and Yolanda Adams to support "World Children's Day", a global fundraising effort sponsored by McDonald's. The effort raised money from more than 100 nations and benefited orphanages and children's health organizations. In addition, Dion has been a major supporter of the T.J. Martell Foundation, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, and many health and educational campaigns. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dion donated $1 million to the victims of the storm, and held a fund-raising event for the victims of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, which subsequently raised more than $1 million. After the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Dion donated $100,000 to China Children & Teenagers' Fund and sent a letter showing her consolation and support. Since 2004, she is involved, alongside husband René Angelil, with the Québec gay community by supporting the publication of health and HIV prevention materials in Gay Globe Magazine, owned by journalist Roger-Luc Chayer.

Achievements

  • While her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is renowned for her technically skilled and powerful vocals. Dion is the best-selling Canadian artist of all time, is the second best-selling female artist in the United States during the Nielsen SoundScan era, and is the only female artist to have two singles sell more than a million copies in the United Kingdom.

  • In 1990 she released the English-language album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.

  • Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for Falling Into You and Record of the Year for "My Heart Will Go On".

  • In addition, her 1995 album D'eux, is the best-selling French-language album of all time.

  • In 2004, after surpassing 175 million in album sales worldwide, she was presented with the Chopard Diamond Award at the World Music Awards for becoming the best-selling female artist of all time. According to Sony Music Entertainment, Dion has sold over 220 million albums worldwide. She remains as one of the three Canadian artists who have reached the list of best-selling music artists, along with Bryan Adams and Shania Twain.

  • Celine Dion is regarded as one of pop music's most influential voices. Linda Lister describes Dion as a reigning Queen of Pop for her influence over the record industry during the 1990s.

  • Her music and vocal style, alongside that of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, have been said to shape how the bulk of modern female pop vocalists sing. These three singers have been widely credited with reviving the power ballad, and in doing so reshaping the adult contemporary genre, making it one of the most popular genres of the 1990s and early 2000s. According to producer, musician, and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston are the voices of the modern era. Cultural critic Carl Wilson notes that Dion's "fame and influence is also renewed and expressed regularly these days by American Idol, the largest mass musical phenomenon of the past decade, where Celine's stood solidly in its pantheon of singers for young people to emulate". Many contestants on the countless televised talent competitions that have risen at the turn of the millennium often emulate Dion, Houston and Carey and cite them as idols.

  • Achievement  of Celine Dion

    In 1999, Dion received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and also a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January 2004.

  • In 2007, Dion was ranked by Forbes as the 5th richest woman in entertainment with an estimated net worth of United States$250 million, though the ranking omitted non-working or retired celebrities,In August 2008, she received an honorary doctorate in music from the Université Laval in Quebec City.,In October 2010, Dion was named a Goodwill Ambassador, a program created by the United Nations in 1999, sharing this accolade with Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon. Dion also received several state decorations. She was given France's highest award, the Légion d'honneur, by President Nicolas Sarkozy in May 2008.,On 26 July 2013, Dion was awarded with the Companion of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada and the investiture ceremony was held at Citadelle of Quebec

Religion

Dion was raised in a devout and conservative Roman Catholic home

Dion still seems to adhere to her faith–for the most part, and credits God for the gift of her voice, saying:

«I think God has given me something to work with, a voice, and I’m just trying to serve the lyrics and the music to get messages through».

However, not everyone is appreciating the message and one of Dion’s songs, “The Prayer,” was banned from a Virginia high school for being too religious after a pair of girls wanted to sing it at their graduation ceremony.

Dion is a remarkably uncontroversial pop star. She hasn’t gotten into drugs or drinking or partying at “the club” or hanging out with questionable characters. There is very little dirt on Dion–unless you count the fact that she married a man 26 years older than her.

As a Catholic, though, there is one thing about Dion that’s ruffled a few feathers in her congregation. You see, Dion finds it very difficult to have children. As a result, she has attempted In Vitro fertilization (IVF) a number of times–and she has lost four children due to complications. Normally, this is just a sad story. But for a Catholic, it’s heresy. Catholics condemn IVF as undignified and wrong in the eyes of God.5

The principle is related to Catholicism’s controversial stance on birth control and abortion and various other reproductive issues and, ironically, Dion admits that her mother was convinced not to have an abortion when she was pregnant with Celine (her 14th child). Dion said:

«A priest told my mother that she had no right to go against nature. So I have to admit that in a way, I owe my life to that priest».

Politics

Dion is French-Canadian and seems to be proud of her country. But she has political ties in the U.S., particularly with the Clinton family. We're calling her a Democrat.

Celine Dion is Canadian, and apparently very proud of it. She has sung the Canadian national anthem countless times at events across her native country. As a French-Canadian, one wonders where she stands on the issue of Quebecois independence. As far as this author can tell, she’s never spoken about it.

Still, with a running show in Las Vegas and a regular touring schedule through the United States, it’s reasonable to question where her loyalties lie–and it sort of seems like they lie in the U.S. After Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans in 2005, Dion came to the rescue, donating $1 million to relief efforts while simultaneously slamming the Bush administration for their poor response to the crisis. About the crisis, she said:

«We need to serve our country, and be there right now to rescue the rest of the people. We need the cash, we need the blood, we need the support, right now we need the prayers».

She’s buddies with the Clintons. She sang a song at Bill Clinton’s Investiture Ceremony and she donated her song, “You and I,” to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

If she was an American, judging by her contempt for the Bush administration and her connections to the Clinton family, we’d have to say she’s a Democrat. Liberal or conservative? It’s hard to say considering her family is conservative but she’s clearly capable of going against the teachings of her church.

Views

"Make You Happy No more sadness I want to be the one to make you happy I want to be the one to give you hope But in these days of conscious living We've got to take it slow You can't be sure of who you've met You just don't know what you might get Cause in". - Celine Dion.

Quotations: “The only failure is not knowing how to be happy".

“It's the moment you think you can't, that you can” .

“Everything that I decide to do means something, otherwise I don't do them".

“Your Here, There's Nothing I Fear”.

“Don't make your career be your life. let it be your passion. Let it bring you pleasure. But don't let it become your identity. You are so much more valuable than that”.

Personality

Celine Dion appears friendly and unpretentious. She has a soft and warm exterior. Others perceive her as gentle, safe harbor. People are drawn to Celine because, among other reasons, she appears warm and unthreatening.

Dion's dress is neat and clean. Her clothing should be comfortable, soft, and flowing. Celine Dion should avoid plain and understated clothes, and make an effort to be a little more daring and exciting in her appearance. This will balance nicely with her perceptive and open personality.

The opposite sex is attracted to Celine's gentle and attentive nature, yet senses the passion beneath her surface. Dion has sex appeal.

Exercise is important to Celine Dion's appearance and to promote the level of strength she radiates.

Celine is very patient and understanding, and a wonderful listener. She makes others feel important and loved.

Dion is sensitive and becomes tense in a disharmonious atmosphere. She has experienced quite a bit of negative criticism as a child, which made her shy growing up. Though she may be well past that shyness, a bit of the vulnerability has remained with Celine Dion and is often sensed by others.

Celine is a peacemaker. Arguments leave her drained. People sense Dion's desire for harmony. But she must avoid being the blank tablet for others' projections. People may underestimate her strength, but this is a mistake. Celine Dion is strong. She bends, but does not break.

She has a fine sense of beauty and excellent taste. There is a grace in Celine Dion's movements, reflecting her keen sense of harmony and refinement.

Interests

  • Artists

    Aretha Franklin, Charles Aznavour, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Anne Murray, Barbra Streisand, the Bee Gees, Janis Joplin, the Doobie Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Edith Piaf, Sir Elton John, Cher, Tina Turner, Etta James, Roberta Flack and Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston

  • Sport & Clubs

    Tennis, Skiing

  • Music & Bands

    Pop, Rock, Gospel, R&B and Soul

Connections

father:
Adhémar

mother:
Thérèse

son:
René-Charles

In May 2000, Dion had two small operations at a fertility clinic in New York to improve her chances of conceiving, after deciding to use in-vitro fertilisation after years of failed attempts to conceive. Their first son, René-Charles Angelil, was born on 25 January 2001.

son:
Eddy
Eddy - son of Celine Dion

In May 2010, Angelil announced that Dion was 14 weeks pregnant with twins after a sixth treatment of in-vitro fertilisation. On Saturday, 23 October 2010, at 11:11 and 11:12 am respectively, at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dion, by Caesarean section, gave birth to two healthy fraternal twins. The twins were named Eddy, after Dion's favorite Algerian songwriter Eddy Marnay who also produced Dion's first five albums, and Nelson, after former South African President Nelson Mandela.Dion appeared with her newborn sons on the cover of the December 9, 2010 issue of the Canadian edition of Hello! magazine.

son:
Nelson

Husband:
René Angélil - manager , singer
René Angélil - Husband of Celine Dion

Dion first met her husband and manager, René Angélil in 1980, when she was 12 and he was 38, after she and her mother sent him a demo tape of a song they had written. They began a relationship in 1987, and became engaged in 1991. They married on December 17, 1994, at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec. On 5 January 2000, Dion and Angelil renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas.

Brother:
Michel Dondalinger