Celine Dion. biography
Celine Dion was born on March 30, 1968, in Quebec, Canada, and raised by Therese and Adhemar Dion in a music-enriched surrounding. The youngest of 14 children, Celine was first introduced to music when her parents put together the family singing group Dion’s Family and toured across Canada.
After her parents established a piano bar when she was 5-years-old, Celine was drawn to the spotlight and would perform for patrons on a regular basis.
Producer Rene Angelil originally discovered Celine when she was a teenager and immediately signed the young talent as soon as she opened her mouth. Confident in her vocal strength, Rene mortgaged his home to fully produce her debut album La Voix du bon Dieu (The Voice of God) in 1981. His gamble paid off and by the time Celine was 18 years of age, she had completed nine French-Canadian albums, won multiple Juno awards, and won Dublin’s Eurovision Song Contest, which was broadcast in the Middle East, Japan, Europe and Australia.
In 1990, Celine released her debut English-language album Unison and sold over one million copies. Although a successful transition to the American market, Celine’s big break came when she recorded a duet with Peabo Bryson for the theme of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast. The hit single reached number 1 on the charts and earned the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture.
Celine’s second English-language album Celine Dion was released in 1992, and sold over 12 million copies around the world. Featuring the hit single “Beauty and the Beast,” the album peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 2x platinum, which officially propelled her to American stardom.
Celine’s growing popularity continued expanding with the release of her next album The Colour of My Love (1993). Displaying her famous power ballads, the album featured many hit singles, including “The Power of Love,” “Because You Loved Me” and “When I Fall in Love.”
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Celine’s fourth English album Falling into You (1996) sold more than 32 million copies worldwide and went on to win two Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Celine’s official big break into diva status materialized when she sang the Oscar-winning theme song for the film Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On.” The hit single was featured on Celine’s next album Let’s Talk About Love (1997), which reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
Celine went on the win various awards for the album and soundtrack single, including the 1998 Billboard Music Award for Female Album of the Year and Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year, the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Song of the Year as well as the 1999 Juno Award for Female Vocalist of the Year and Best Album. She was also inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame that same year.
Following a two-year break, Celine rebounded with the release of her comeback album A New Day Has Come (2002), which topped the charts around the world. She made headlines a year later, when she joined forces with Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace for a 36-month show event that would later turn into a three-year, seventy shows a year contract in 2010.
After releasing her less-successful album One Heart, Celine began recording multiple French and English-language albums such as 1 fille & 4 types (2003), D’elles (2007), Taking Chances (2007) and Sans attendre (2012).
On June 7, 2012, Celine announced she was working on her next French and English albums. Her English album Water and a Flame is set to release in the fall of 2013.
Celine Dion Husband & Dating History Timeline
December 1994 – Present
Celine first met 38-year-old Rene Angelil in 1980 at the mere age of 12 when she sent him a demo tape. Once she was old enough, the two began dating in 1987 and were engaged by 1991. They later tied the knot on December 17, 1994, at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec, which was broadcast live on Canadian television. They went on welcome their son Rene Charles on January 25, 2001 and fraternal twins Eddy and Nelson on October 23, 2010.