Having sold more than 250 million albums around the world, Celine Dion is one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history.
From humble beginnings in a rural French Canadian home town, Celine rose to international superstardom like a shooting star. The entire world has seen Celine Dion literally transform herself from a gifted pre-adolescent into an international superstar.
Born in Charlemagne (a small town 30 miles east of Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Celine is the youngest of 14 children of a highly musical family. Her parents, both musicians, operated a small club. On weekends, the entire family performed and entertained the local population. From the tender age of five, Celine sang with her siblings and quickly acquired the ability to perform live. At the age of 12, together with her mother and one of her brothers, she composed a French song which would forever alter the course of her life.
The demo tape containing the song was brought to the attention of René Angélil, a well respected personal manager. In January 1981, René was so taken by the voice of the young Celine, that he became determined to make her an internationally known talent.
Celine began to receive recognition for her talent in 1982, winning the Gold Medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo, along with the coveted Musician's Award for Top Performer. In 1983, she became the first Canadian ever to receive a Gold Record in France.
By 1988, Celine had established a strong name for herself in her native province of Quebec, where she was enjoying superstar status, receiving numerous Felix Awards and racking up platinum albums. That same year, Celine won the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin Ireland, where she performed live before a television audience of 600 million viewers throughout Europe, the USSR, the Middle-East, Japan and Australia.
Celine's international breakthrough came when she recorded the title track for the soundtrack to the animated Disney hit movie “Beauty and the Beast.” The song went to number one and garnered an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
Blessed with one of popular music's great voices, she has crossed all barriers - even that of language - with her electrifying series of international hits. With her breakneck pace of recording, video shoots, touring and appearing on TV shows and awards specials, it seems like Celine has time for little else. Not the case when it comes to an important cause. Celine has used her talents to further the cause of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In fact, one of Celine's most emotional songs ("Vole," from the “D'eux” album, later translated into English as the song "Fly," which appears on the “Falling into You” album) is a touching memorial to her niece, Karine, who was taken from her by this disease.
In March 2003, Celine began her first Las Vegas residency A New Day… at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Due to the unprecedented sold-out success of the show, the original three-year engagement was quickly extended an additional two years. After 717 performances having played to over three million fans over a five-year run, A New Day… closed on Dec. 15, 2007.
In 2007, after Celine released “D’elles,” her first French-language studio album in four years, Celine was back in the studio recording songs for her next English studio album, “Taking Chances.” A month before “Taking Chances” was released, Celine announced after she finished her 5-year run in Las Vegas, she would embark on a brand new world tour.
Celine's “Taking Chances World Tour,” her first worldwide concert tour in more than nine years, played to sold-out stadiums and arenas throughout 2008. By its completion, at the end of February 2009, it had crossed five continents, 23 countries and 93 cities, en route to playing for an audience of more than 3 million people. After a year of touring and a year of enjoying valuable family time, Celine prepared for her return to Las Vegas in 2011.
On March 15, 2011, Celine made a triumphant return to the stage of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with her second and current Las Vegas residency aptly titled “Celine”. The show, directed by long time Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich, includes Celine's biggest hits mixed with timeless classics and pays tribute to some of the most celebrated songs and artists of all time. Featuring 31 musicians, consisting of a full orchestra and band, the show is set to a visually stunning presentation designed exclusively for the 4,300 seat state-of-the-art venue.
On November 5, 2012, Celine released her new French-language album ‘Sans attendre’. After a 5-year wait, fans were treated to a wonderful collaboration between Celine and top artists in the francophone music industry such as Luc Plamondon, Jacques Veneruso, Maxime Le Forestier and Stanislas. The album features duets with distinguished artists: Jean-Pierre Ferland, Johnny Hallyday and the late Henri Salvador.
In October 2013 ‘Sans attendre’ earned two Félix Awards: Best-Selling Album Of The Year and Adult Contemporary Album Of The Year.
A year after the release of ‘Sans attendre’, Celine released the much anticipated ‘Loved Me Back To Life’, her first English-language album in six years. For this album, Celine worked with a team of exceptional producers and songwriters resulting in an absolutely amazing collection of songs, including two fabulous duets with two very talented artists: Stevie Wonder on “Overjoyed” and Ne-Yo on “Incredible”.‘Loved Me Back to Life’ was an international success. It debuted at #1 in Canada and was certified triple platinum – the highest sales chart debut for any album in Canada since 2008. It also reached #1 in Belgium and Holland and went to #2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. In the UK the album debuted at the #3 position on the Official Albums Chart and was certified gold just three weeks after its release. The album reached the top 5 in France, Switzerland, Austria and Middle East and on iTunes it reached #1 in 44 countries.
In the summer of 2014, Céline announced that she was postponing all her engagements to stay close to her husband, who was once again battling cancer. Céline went home to take care of her man and her family.
After spending a few months by René’s bedside, her sweetheart asked her for a favor: he wanted to see her onstage again. He wanted to hear her sing again. And so Céline re-started her concert series in Caesars Palace. Diva by night; mother, wife and caregiver by day.
On January 14, 2016, René Angélil, the most famous impresario in the world, passed away. Millions and millions of fans were in mourning. Never before had a man in the shadows held such an important place in the hearts of the people. Fate would hand Céline a double blow, as two days later, her brother Daniel died.
On January 22, Angélil was buried after a national funeral in Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal, the very same place where, 22 years earlier, Céline and René had been united, for better or for worse, until death do us part.
Every decision René had made regarding Céline’s career was guided by his concern and desire to please her audience. Respect for the audience respect is the greatest legacy this great man has bequeathed to the artistic community. And Céline burns with that same flame.
And that is why, on February 23, 2016, several weeks after the death of her husband, Céline took the stage of Colosseum again. She knows that her fans count on her to illuminate their lives, and she counts on them to illuminate hers.
After 35 years as a performing and recording artist, Celine has been honored with more than 1,000 awards. She is a five-time Grammy Award winner, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Album for “Falling into You” (1996) and Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “My Heart Will Go On” (1998). Her recordings have won two Academy Awards(r): Best Original Song in 1992 for the title song of “Beauty and the Beast” (with Peabo Bryson) and Best Original Song in 1998 for “My Heart Will Go On” (From “Titanic”). She has earned seven American Music Awards, 20 Juno Awards (Canada) and an astonishing 40 Felix Awards (Quebec). In 2004, Celine received the Diamond award at the World Music Awards in 2004 recognizing her status as the best-selling female artist of all time and in 2007, she was honored with the Legend Award at World Music Awards in recognition of her global success and outstanding contribution to the music industry, and 2016, she was presented with the prestigious “Icon Award” at the Billboard Music Awards.