Biography, works and achievement of celiene dion
Céline Marie Claudette Dion born 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer. She is renowned for her powerful, technically skilled vocals, and remains the best-selling Canadian artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of 200 million copies worldwide. Born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec , she emerged as a teen star in her homeland with a series of French-language albums during the 1980s. She first gained international recognition by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, where she represented Switzerland . After learning to speak English, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States. In 1990, Dion released her debut English-language album,Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.
During the 1990s, she achieved worldwide fame after releasing several best-selling English albums, such as Falling into You (1996) and Let’s Talk About Love (1997), which were both certified diamond in the US. She also scored a series of international number-one hits, including ” The Power of Love “, ” Think Twice “, ” Because You Loved Me”, “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now “, ” My Heart Will Go On “, and ” I’m Your Angel”. Dion continued releasing French albums between each English record; D’eux (1995) became the best-selling French-language album of all time, while S’il suffisait d’aimer (1998), Sans attendre (2012), and Encore un soir (2016), were all certified diamond in France. During the 2000s, she built her reputation as a highly successful live performer with A New Day… on the Las Vegas Strip (2003–07), which remains the highest-grossing concert residency of all time, as well as the Taking Chances World Tour (2008–09), one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time .
Dion’s music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and classical . Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she also sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. While her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is regarded as one of pop music’s most influential voices. She has won five Grammy Awards , including Album of the Year and Record of the Year . Billboard named her the “Queen of Adult Contemporary ” for having the most number ones on the radio format for a female artist. She is the second best-selling female artist in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era. In 2003, she was honoured by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for selling over 50 million albums in Europe.
She is the youngest of 14 children of Thérèse , a homemaker, and Adhémar Dion (1923–2003), a butcher, both of French-Canadian descent. She was raised a Roman Catholic in a poor, but, by her own account, happy home in Charlemagne. Music had always been a major part of the Dion family, and she was named after the song “Céline”, which French singer Hugues Aufray had recorded two years before her birth. On 13 August 1973, at the age of five, the young Céline made her first public appearance at her brother Michel’s wedding, where she performed Christine Charbonneau ‘s song “Du fil des aiguilles et du coton”. She continued to perform with her siblings in her parents’ small piano bar called Le Vieux Baril, “The Old Barrel”. From an early age, she had dreamed of being a performer. In a 1994 interview with People magazine, she recalled, “I missed my family and my home, but I don’t regret having lost my adolescence. I had one dream: I wanted to be a singer.”
At age 12, she collaborated with her mother and her brother Jacques to write and compose her first song, ” Ce n’était qu’un rêve “, whose title translates as “It Was Only a Dream” or “Nothing But A Dream”. Her brother Michel 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 , which later became a local No. 1 hit and made her an instant star in Quebec. Her popularity spread to other parts of the world when she competed in the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan , and won the musician’s award for “Top Performer” as well as the gold medal for “Best Song” with “Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi “.
By 1983, in addition to becoming the first Canadian artist to receive a gold record in France for the single “D’amour ou d’amitié ” (“Of Love or of Friendship”), Dion had also won several Félix Awards , including “Best Female performer” and “Discovery of the Year”. Further success came when she represented Switzerland in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Ne partez pas sans moi” and won the contest by a close margin in Dublin , Ireland. At age eighteen, after seeing a Michael Jackson performance, Dion told Angélil that she wanted to be a star like Jackson. Though confident in her talent, Angélil realized that her image needed to be changed for her to be marketed worldwide. She receded from the spotlight for a number of months, during which she underwent dental surgery to improve her appearance, and was sent to the École Berlitz in 1989 to polish her English. In 1989, during a concert on the Incognito tournée , she injured her voice. She consulted the otorhinolaryngologist William Gould, who gave her an ultimatum: have immediate surgery on her vocal cords or do not utilize them at all for three weeks. Dion chose the latter and underwent vocal training with William Riley.
Two years after she learned English, Dion made her debut into the Anglophone market with Unison (1990), the lead single having originally been recorded by Laura Branigan. She incorporated the help of many established musicians, including Vito Luprano and Canadian producer David Foster . The album was largely influenced by 1980s soft rock music that quickly found a niche within the adult contemporary radio format. Unison also hit the right notes with critics: Jim Faber of Entertainment Weekly wrote that her vocals were “tastefully unadorned”, and that she never attempted to “bring off styles that are beyond her”. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic declared it “a fine, sophisticated American debut”. Singles from the album included “(If There Was) Any Other Way “, “The Last to Know “, ” Unison”, and “Where Does My Heart Beat Now “, a mid-tempo soft-rock ballad that made prominent use of the electric guitar. The latter became her first top-ten hit on the US.
Billboard Hot 100 , peaking at number four. In 1991, Dion was a featured soloist on ” Voices That Care “, a tribute to American troops fighting in Operation Desert Storm . Her real international breakthrough came when she duetted with Peabo Bryson on the title track to Disney ‘s animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991). It became her first top-ten hit in the UK and her second top-ten hit in the US. The song earned its songwriters an Academy Award for Best Song and gave Dion her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal . “Beauty and the Beast” served as the lead single from her 1992 self-titled album , which, like her debut, had a strong pop rock influence combined with elements of soul and classical music. Owing to the success of the lead-off single and her collaborations with David Foster and Diane Warren , the album was even more well-received commercially than Unison ; it was certified diamond in Canada and double platinum in the US.
The album’s second single ” If You Asked Me became her first number-one single in Canada and peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 .
By 1992, Unison, Céline Dion , and numerous high-profile media appearances had propelled Dion to superstardom in North America. She had achieved one of her main objectives: wedging her way into the Anglophone market and achieving fame. However, while she was experiencing rising success in the US, her French fans in Canada criticized her for neglecting them. She would later rebuff these criticisms at the 1991 Félix Awards show, where, after winning “English Artist of the Year”, she openly refused to accept the award. She asserted that she was and would always be a French, not an English, artist. Apart from her commercial success, there were also changes in her personal life, as Angélil, who was twenty-six years her senior, transitioned from manager to lover. However, the relationship was kept a secret as they both feared that the public would find their relations inappropriate.
In 1993, Dion announced her feelings for her manager by declaring him “the colour of her love” in the dedication section of her third English-language album The Colour of My Love . However, instead of criticizing their relationship as she had feared, fans embraced the couple. Eventually, Angélil and Dion married in an extravagant wedding ceremony in December 1994, which was broadcast live on Canadian television. As with most of her catalogue, The Colour of My Love had over-riding themes of love and romance. It became her most successful record up to that point, selling more than six million copies in the US, two million in Canada, and peaking at No. 1 in many countries.
After releasing and promoting thirteen albums during the 1990s, Dion stated that she needed to settle down, and announced on her latest album All the Way… A Decade of Song , that she needed to take a step back from the spotlight and enjoy life. Angélil’s diagnosis with esophageal cancer also prompted her to hiatus. While on break, she was unable to escape the spotlight. In 2000, the National Enquirer published a false story about the singer. Brandishing a picture of Dion and her husband, the magazine misquoted her, printing the headline, “Celine ‘I’m Pregnant With Twins!'” She later sued the magazine for more than $20 million. The editors of the Enquirer printed an apology and a full retraction to her in the next issue, and donated money to the American Cancer Society in honour of her and her husband. A year after the incident, after undergoing fertility treatments, she gave birth to a son, René-Charles Dion Angélil, on 25 January 2001, in Florida. In December 2001, she published her autobiography My Story, My Dream which chronicled her rags-to-riches story.
Dion ended her three-year sabbatical from the music industry with the aptly titled album A New Day Has Come , released in March 2002. In the United States, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 527,000 copies; marking her first No. 1 debut on the chart, as well as the highest debut sales week of her career in the US. It was eventually certified 3× Platinum in the United States, and 6× Platinum in Canada.
Dion has faced considerable criticism from critics, who state that her music often retreats behind pop and soul conventions, and is marked by excessive sentimentality.  According to Keith Harris of Rolling Stone magazine, “[Dion’s] sentimentality is bombastic and defiant rather than demure and retiring … [she] stands at the end of the chain of drastic devolution that goes Aretha–Whitney–Mariah. Far from being an aberration, Dion actually stands as a symbol of a certain kind of pop sensibility—bigger is better, too much is never enough, and the riper the emotion the more true.”  Her francophone releases, by contrast, tend to be deeper and more varied than her English releases, and consequently have achieved more credibility.
Dion first met her husband and manager, René Angélil , in 1980, when she was 12 and he was 38, after her brother, Michel Dondalinger Dion, sent him a demonstration recording of ” Ce n’était qu’un rêve ” (“It Was Only a Dream/Nothing But A Dream”), a song she, her mother the former Thérèse Tanguay, and her brother Jacques Dion had jointly written and composed. Over subsequent years, Angélil guided her to stardom in francophone territories.
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 fertilization because of years of failed attempts to conceive. Their first son, René-Charles Angélil, was born on 25 January 2001. In May 2010, Angélil announced that Dion was 14 weeks pregnant with twins after a sixth treatment of in-vitro fertilization. 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 healthy fraternal twins. The twins were named Eddy, after Dion’s favourite French songwriter, Eddy Marnay , who had also produced her first five albums, and Nelson, after former South African President Nelson Mandela. She appeared with her newborn sons on the cover of 9 December 2010 issue of the Canadian edition of Hello! magazine.
On 14 January 2016, Angélil died from throat cancer. His funeral was held on 22 January 2016, in Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where he and Dion wed 21 years earlier. The couple’s eldest son, René-Charles, gave the eulogy just three days before his 15th birthday. Following Angélil’s passing, Dion became the sole owner and president of her management and production companies, including CDA Productions and Les Productions Feeling. Two days after Angélil’s death – on what would have been her husband’s birthday – Dion’s brother, Daniel, died at age 59, also of cancer. On 22 March 2018, Dion’s management team announced that she had been dealing with hearing irregularities for the past 12–18 months due to patulous Eustachian tube and would undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure to correct the problem after ear-drop medications appeared to be no longer working. Owing to her slight frame, Dion has for decades been subject of eating disorder rumors, which she has consistently denied: In recent years, Dion took up ballet under the guidance of her former dancer, Naomi Stikeman, who also previously performed for The National Ballet of Canada and La La La Human Steps , and former Cirque du Soleil dancer-turned-fashion-illustrator, Pepe Muñoz, who is also part of her styling team.