Celine Dion is back with a new album

Here are highlights from her astonishing four-decade-spanning career and life.

Celine Dion's career highlights
Celine Dion's career highlights
15 Nov 2019

Celine Dion's career highlights

Celine Dion has returned to music with her new album 'Courage'.

The global superstar is back to break even more world records with her first English language album since the death of her husband René Angélil in 2016.

During her time at the top, Celine has conquered the charts all over the world and provided us with not one but two of the most famous movie songs of all time.

Click through to see some of the highlights from her astonishing four-decade-spanning career and life.

Photo: Facebook/Celine Dion

Celine writes first song at 12
Celine writes first song at 12
15 Nov 2019

Celine writes first song at 12

A small town girl from Charlemagne, Quebec with a remarkable talent wrote her first song 'Ce n’était qu’un rêve' with the help of her older brother Jacques and her mother Thérèse, who later sent a cassette of the song to impresario René Angélil, the manager of their idol Ginette Reno. René was seconds away from realigning his career when he received the tape, after the Québécois singer had informed him that she would no longer require his services. The manager immediately invited the young singer into his office and said: “Now sing as though you were in front of a sold-out audience." René was moved to tears by the sound of her voice and instantly decided to make Celine a star.

René mortgages home to fund Celine's career
René mortgages home to fund Celine's career
15 Nov 2019

René mortgages home to fund Celine's career

In 1981, René had so much faith in his young protégée that he decided to take a big gamble and mortgage his home to fund her first album 'La voix du bon Dieu'. The talent manager signed lyricist Eddy Marnay - who had worked with some of the world’s greatest vocalists including Édith Piaf, Yves Montand and Barbra Streisand - to write songs for Celine. After hearing her voice for the first time, Eddy said: "It’s the voice of the Good Lord!" The album shot to number one in Quebec, making her a local star.

Celine wins Eurovision
Celine wins Eurovision
15 Nov 2019

Celine wins Eurovision

After a major tour in Québec, René decided to give the teenager a well deserved 18-month break. During the break, Celine transformed into a music superstar as she perfected her English and underwent dental surgery to improve her appearance. Celine first began her global conquest when she signed up to compete in the 33rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The 20-year-old singer flew to Dublin, Ireland in April 1988 to represent Switzerland with the winning song 'Ne partez pas sans moi'. The competition bought her international recognition as she began to record her songs in English shortly after her success.

Celine's first English album
Celine's first English album
15 Nov 2019

Celine's first English album

Celine successfully entered the American market in 1990 with her first English-language album 'Unison'. The album conducted the help of many established muscians - including Vito Luprano and Canadian producer David Foster - and was largely influenced by the 1980s soft rock music, bringing Celine into the pop star role she was born to play. Her single 'Where Does My Heart Beat Now' was the singer's first top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, which peaked at number four.

Celine soundtracks Beauty and The Beast
Celine soundtracks Beauty and The Beast
15 Nov 2019

Celine soundtracks Beauty and The Beast

In 1991, Celine made her own fairlytale come true with her duet for the theme song of Walt Disney's animated film 'Beauty and the Beast' with Peabo Bryson. The song gave Celine her international breakthrough as it became her first top 10 hit in the UK and her second in the US, and it earned Celine her first Grammy award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and an Academy Award. On her 24th birthday, Celine performed the hit song with Peabo at the 1992 Oscars, along with Angela Lansbury - who played the role of Mrs. Potts in the Disney film.

Celine lands biggest-selling album of 1996
Celine lands biggest-selling album of 1996
15 Nov 2019

Celine lands biggest-selling album of 1996

Following her international success, Celine released her fourth English-language album 'Falling Into You' in 1996. The album took the singing sensation to new heights as it quickly became the biggest-selling album of the year, hitting number on in 11 countries. Songs including 'It's All Coming Back To Me Now' and a cover of Tina Turner's hit 'River Deep - Mountain High' helped bring Celine new musical styles, whilst the number one single 'Because You Loved Me' became the notable pop ballard that served as the theme to the 1996 film 'Up Close And Personal'. 'Falling Into You' went on to win two Grammy awards, including Album Of The Year and has sold over 30 million copies.

Celine releases signature song from Titanic
Celine releases signature song from Titanic
15 Nov 2019

Celine releases signature song from Titanic

After her international hit 'Beauty and The Beast', Celine initially turned down the opportunity to sing another film theme song. However, René convinced her to record a demo of 'My Heart Will Go On' which was later used in the blockbuster movie 'Titanic' and became Celine's signature song. The track went on to be one of the best-selling singles in history and after selling 18 million copies worldwide, it became the second biggest-selling single by a female artist in history. It won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Song, the 1998 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and dominated the 1999 Grammy Awards by taking home a slew of prizes, including Record of the Year - marking the first time it was won by a Canadian artist - Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.

Celine's sets up home in Las Vegas
Celine's sets up home in Las Vegas
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Celine's sets up home in Las Vegas

In 2003, René took another gamble on his wife as he created a Las Vegas residency in a 4000-seat theater specially conceived just for her in Caesars Palace. The show 'A New Day…' was set to see Celine perform five nights a week - for a minimum of three years - alongside dancers and special effects directed by Franco Dragone, the renowned creator behind 10 Cirque du Soleil productions. After almost five years, the residency held over 700 sold-out performances for 3 million spectators with the DVD 'Celine Dion Live in Las Vegas' becoming the only triple-platinum certified music DVD in Canada. The diva returned to Vegas in 2010 to present a brand-new show directed Ken Ehrlich, which broke box office records as it landed at the top of the rankings in the Billboard Boxscore.

Celine's record-breaking tour
Celine's record-breaking tour
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Celine's record-breaking tour

A year after the heartbreaking death of her husband René, Celine embarked on a record-breaking tour in the Summer of 2017. Celine's twelfth concert tour saw the star travel across Europe and the United Kingdom to support her album 'Encore un soir'. With 25 sold-out shows in 15 cities, the pop star broke records across the UK as the highest grossing artist at each UK venue and garnered critical acclaim.

Celine back with first English album in six years
Celine back with first English album in six years
15 Nov 2019

Celine back with first English album in six years

Celine has returned with her first English-language album in six years. 'Courage' represents Celine's new artistic direction with the the hits 'Imperfections', “Lying Down' and 'Courage', along with music written by Sia. It also marks as Celine's first project where she is the executive producer. Explaining the name of her highly anticipated album, she said: "I think I went through a lot. And life had given me the tools … to find my inner strength, to find courage, and to keep going. The people that I love so much embraced the moments that were difficult. They gave me so much strength. And then a song came that was called 'Courage', and it didn't take long for all of us to say, 'I think the album should be called 'Courage'."


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