career continued to blossom, and in 1987 she produced the album
Incognito, which became a huge success. Approached by Swiss song
writers Atilla Serefthug and Nella Martinetti she was chosen to
represent Switzerland in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest singing
"Ne partez pas sans moi". By winning the contest in Dublin,
Ireland on April 30, 1988, she received a large boost to her career
in Europe. Her first English-language album, Unison (1990), expanded
her international recognition with the breakthrough single, "Where
Does My Heart Beat Now".
Many of the hit singles that followed over the next ten years ("If
You Asked Me To", "Water from the Moon", and "Nothing
Broken but My Heart") were written by Diane Warren, a composer
best known for power ballads. However, Céline Dion finally
showcased her talents as a songwriter when she co-wrote "Don't
Save It All for Christmas Day" for the 1998 Christmas album,
These Are Special Times and "Treat Her Like a Lady" on
her Let's Talk About Love album, 1997.
In late 1993, she indicated to the public for the first time that
she was in love with her manager, René Angélil. In
the dedication section of her third English-language album, The
Colour of My Love, Dion named Angélil "the colour of
[her] love". Eventually, they were engaged, and she married
him in 1994. The wedding was broadcast on television across Canada
and was very highly rated. The couple also has a son, René-Charles
Angélil (born January 2001).
To date Dion has sold around 175 million albums, making her the
best-selling female artist of all time.
Dion's work has featured heavily in the soundtracks of a number
of hit films. In North America, and working in the United States,
her song for Disney's Beauty and the Beast (written by Alan Menken
and Howard Ashman), "Because You Loved Me" (from 1995s
Up Close and Personal, another Diane Warren composition), and a
cover of Nat King Cole's "When I Fall in Love" (from 1993's
Sleepless in Seattle), added to her growing stardom. By 1997 her
records and her rendition of James Horner and Will Jennings' song
"My Heart Will Go On", written for the motion picture
Titanic (but making its debut on her album Let's Talk About Love),
made her the top-grossing star of the music world, with more than
50 million records sold. One year later, she performed "The
Prayer" for the 1998 animated film Quest for Camelot. Her last
movie song before her short two-year hiatus to have a child came
in 1999 with "Then You Look at Me" (from Bicentennial
Man, also written by Horner and Jennings). The song "I'm Alive"
from her A New Day Has Come album was featured in the second Stuart
Little motion picture.
Dion is also no stranger to participating in tribute albums, such
as a 1995 collection of Carole King songs called Tapestry Revisited,
In My Life (a collection of Beatles songs in tribute to producer
George Martin), and a 1997 double-CD set commemorating Diana, Princess
of Wales. In 1996 at the Olympics, she performed the theme song,
"The Power of the Dream".
has covered several popular songs in her time, including Jennifer
Rush's hit "The Power of Love", Roberta Flack's "The
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", Roy Orbison's "I Drove
All Night" and Eric Carmen's "All by Myself".
Some of Dion's own songs have been covered: "My Heart Will
Go On" by Claire Sweeney and "These Are Special Times"
by Christina Aguilera.
2000, Dion began a two-year hiatus from the music industry. In that
time, she mothered a child and prepared plans for her biggest show
to date, A New Day.
In 2002 after her two-year hiatus, she returned to the music world
with a new album (A New Day Has Come) and a contract to play again
in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In March 2003 Dion was everywhere: on the 25 March her A New Day
show opened in Las Vegas, her album One Heart was released, which
some fans have called her worst album, although it charted well.
She also released her own perfume line, which was well received
and featured on commercial television in the form of an advertisement.
It was one of the top-ten selling perfumes of 2003.
In 2003, moviegoers once again heard Céline Dion's voice
in the song "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" on the
soundtrack to Mona Lisa Smile.
In October 2003 her French album 1 Fille & 4 Types was released.
The album is yet again a collaboration between Dion and Jean-Jacques
Goldman (joined by three of his friends, Gildas Arzel, Eric Benzi
and Jacques Veneruso), who had previously worked with her on S'il
suffisait d'aimer and D'eux (also known as The French Album, which
sold nine million copies worldwide, making it the most sold French-language
album of all time). Critics have called it Dion's best and most
natural album. Dion herself has referred to it as "the album
In October 2004, Dion released her first concept album, Miracle,
as part of a multimedia franchise conceived by both Dion and photographer
Anne Geddes. The theme of the album is centred around babies.
A New Day...Live in Las Vegas
March 25, 2003, Dion began a three-year engagement to play five
nights a week at the the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas,
Nevada. The show is put together by Franco Dragone.
Dion first conceived the idea for the show after seeing O by Dragone
early into her break from recording. The show is described as a
combination of dance, music and visual effects. It includes Dion
performing her songs against an array of dancers and special effects.
Even though the show didn't get the best reviews from some critics
it has been very well received by audiences, selling out every night
since opening in March 2003.
Duguay - backing singer
Julie LeBlanc - backing singer
Terry Bradford - backing singer (ex)
Barnev Valsaint - backing singer
Claude "Mégo" Lemay - piano, music director
André Coutu - guitar
Paul Picard - percussion
Yves Frulla - keyboard
Marc Langis - bass guitar
Miracle 2004 1 million
A New Day... Live in Las Vegas (Live album/DVD from her show in
Vegas) 2004 1 million
1 Fille & 4 Types (in French) 2003 2,5 million
One Heart 2003 7 million
A New Day Has Come 2002 12 million
The Collector's Series - Volume 1 2000 3 million
All the Way...A Decade of Song (greatest hits CD) 1999 20 million
Au cœur du stade (Live album/DVD from two sold-out shows in Paris)
1999 2 million
These Are Special Times 1998 12 million
S'il suffisait d'aimer (in French) 1998 4 million
Let's Talk About Love 1997 31 million
Live à Paris (live album/VHS/DVD) 1996 3 million
Falling into You 1996 32 million
D'eux (in French, known as The French Album in the United States)
1995 9 million
Céline Dion à l'Olympia (in French, live recording
from Paris) 1994 2 million
The Colour of My Love 1993 20 million
Céline Dion 1992 5 million
Dion chante Plamondon (in French) 1991 2 million
Unison 1990 3 million
Incognito (in French) 1989 500 000
Total: 175 million
1990 "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" #4 US
1991 "(If There Ever Was) Any Other Way" #35 US
from Céline Dion
1992 "Beauty and the Beast" (with Peabo Bryson)
#9 US, #9 UK
1992 "If You Asked Me to" #4 US
1992 "Introduction/Love Can Move Mountains" #36
1992 "Nothing Broken but My Heart" #29 US
from The Colour of My Love
"When I Fall in Love" #23 US
1993 "The Power of Love" #1 US, #4 UK (1994 release)
1994 "Misled" #23 US, #40 UK
1994 "Think Twice" #1 UK
1995 "Only One Road" #8 UK
1995 "Pour que tu m'aimes encore (To Love Me Again)"
from The Colour of My Love
1995 "Misled" (re-issue) #15 UK
from Falling into You
1996 "Falling into You" #10 UK
1996 "Because You Loved Me" #1 US, #5 UK
1996 "All by Myself" #4 US (1997 release), #6 UK
1996 "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" #2 US, #3
1997 "Call the Man" #11 UK
from Let's Talk About Love
1997 "Tell Him" (with Barbra Streisand) #3 UK
1997 "The Reason" #11 UK
1998 "My Heart Will Go On" #1 US, #1 UK
1998 "Immortality" (with The Bee Gees) #5 UK
from These Are Special Times
1998 "I'm Your Angel" (with R. Kelly) #3 UK
from Let's Talk About Love
1999 "Treat Her Like a Lady" #29 UK
from All the Way: A Decade of Song
1999 "That's the Way It Is" #6 US, #12 UK
2000 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" #19 UK
from A New Day Has Come
2002 "A New Day Has Come" #22 US, #7 UK
2002 "I'm Alive" #17 UK
2002 "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" #38 UK
from One Heart
2003 "One Heart" #27 UK
"Think Twice" and "My Heart Will Go On" appeared
45th and 39th respectively in the official list of the best-selling
singles in the UK issued in 2002.
Has sold 175 million albums, making her one of the best-selling
female recording artists ever.
Is distantly related to Madonna.
Is rumoured to have over 1000 pairs of shoes. Dion denies this but
has said that her shoe collection is in the hundreds.
Her son's baptism on July 25, 2001, was broadcast live throughout
Is raising her son to be multilingual. She plans to send him to
a school were he will learn English, French and Spanish.
She is three months younger than her step-son, Patrick Angélil.
She has her own magazine, Céline Dion Magazine.
At first she did not want to record her biggest hit "My Heart
Will Go On". Her husband/manager and the song writer James
Horner, had to convince her.
In 1998 she was honoured by two governments in two days: on April
30, her home province made her an officer of the National Order
of Quebec, and on May 1 she became an officer of the Order of Canada.
Has an estimated wealth of $320 million to $400 million.
She loves to play golf.
She received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto on June
25, 2003, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
She helped launch the new Air Canada and is now appearing in ads
for the airline in 2004.