“I looked in the audience. There were no strangers. Everybody was singing and cheering and hugging. That was a beautiful picture to look at”. Celine Dion
Diva # 10
Celine Dion is a music artist with those types of melodies that have always been part of my life. May it be a song that would be a song dedicated at a certain time of my relationship or a friend’s relationship to a song that just touched me (or annoyed me),. I have treasured her music for years. Having seen her live in concert, on DVD and with her Vegas show, Dion comes across as truly humble and approachable. She has a wicked sense of humor and real compassion for her hard-working staff and her fans. It is a well know fact that Celine Dion is one of the most generous artists in music today. I have come to value the flair, attractiveness and polish that personifies Celine Dion.
Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. She comes from a large family, has a loving husband and son, and stays out of the tabloids. While she has taken a beating from the media and from detractors for being over-the-top in some of her vocals, a bit too dorky in her performances and in interviews, she has remained (sans the chest-beating) true to herself and to the music and fans that made her famous.
With her extraordinary tone and her naiveté, Dion conquered the province of Quebec, and her career experienced a meteoric rise. At 18, weary of her good-girl image, she disappeared for a year and a half, and reappeared sporting short hair and tight sequined dresses. Dion began to sing music with very upbeat rhythms for young audiences, winning in 1987 the Eurovision prize for ‘Ne partez pas sans moi,’ and selling 200 000 copies of that single in Europe in two days. Incognito, an LP recorded that year, sold over 200,000 copies in Quebec. With CBS (Sony) investing in her international career, Celine Dion cut (1990) her first record in English, Unison; it sold over 100,000 copies in Canada (and was released in 16 other countries including the US. She appeared several times on the American program The Tonight Show and rapidly became a darling of the US talk show circuit..
“My Heart Will Go On” is the theme song of the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. With music by James Horner, lyrics by Will Jennings, and production by Walter Afanasieff, it was recorded by Celine Dion. Originally released in 1997 on Dion’s album Let’s Talk About Love, it went to number 1 all over the world, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. My Heart Will Go On was released in Australia and Germany on December 8, 1997, and in the rest of the world in January and February of 1998It became one of the best-selling singles of all time, and was the world’s best selling single of 1998. My Heart Will Go On” won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It dominated the Grammy Awards of 1999, winning Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. “My Heart Will Go On” won also the Golden Globe Award in 1998. Other awards include: Billboard Music Award for the Soundtrack Single of the Year, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for the Favorite Song from a Movie, Billboard Latin Award for the First English-language Song to Top Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks Chart, Japan Record Award for the Special Achievement and Japanese Gold Disc Award for the Song of the Year.