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.
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.
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...
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.
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».
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.
"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.
“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”.
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.
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
"Best Female performer" and "Discovery of the Y"Best Female performer" and "Discovery of the Year" (1983)
"English Artist of the Year" (1992)
for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group withfor Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" and the most coveted (1991) "Record of the Year" (1997)
World Music Award,
for "World’s Best-selling Canadian Female Recorfor "World’s Best-selling Canadian Female Recording Artist of the Year" (1996)
for Best Song (1991)
for Best Original Song(19for Best Song (1991)
for Best Original Song(1997) Titanic
Dion also received several state decorations. SDion also received several state decorations. She was given France's highest award, the Légion d'honneur, by President Nicolas Sarkozy in May 2008.
Named one of The 100 Most Powerful Celebrities
Order of Canada
On 26 July 2013, Dion was awarded with the CompOn 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
recipient Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist award
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