Legend Spotlight: Céline Dion
Céline Dion is undeniably an all time legend. Born Céline Marie Claudette Dion on 30 March 1968, to Thérèse Dion, a homemaker, and Adhémar Dion, a butcher, both of French-Canadian descent, she’s the youngest of 14 children.
Céline Dion started singing at the age of 5 when she performed at her brothers wedding, where she performed Christine Charbonneau’s song “Du fil des aiguilles et du coton”. At age 12, Dion 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’. Following this, her brother, Michel Dion, sent the recording to music manager René Angélil [who would become her future husband].
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”. Céline Dion cites idols as varied as Aretha Franklin, Charles Aznavour, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Anne Murray, Barbra Streisand, and the Bee Gees, all of whom she would eventually collaborate with.
Céline Dion is regarded as one of pop music’s most influential voices. Her music and vocal style, alongside that of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, have been said to shape how the bulk of modern female pop vocalists sing.
In her life time, she’s won so many awards, I assume she has a room just for them.