Born on 30 March 1968 in Charlemagne, a small village in Quebec, Céline Marie Claudette Dion is the youngest in a French-Canadian family of 14 children. As a child, her family recognised her extraordinary talent in singing and therefore always supported her in her training.
When she was only 12 years old, she recorded her first song Ce n’etait qu’un rêve, which immediately impressed manager René Angélil, a manager who invested heavily in her career and then launched her into the music world and later became her husband and mentor.
In 1981, she released her first album in French, but it was at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 that she won the competition with the song Ne partez pas sans moi, thus becoming internationally famous.
The turning point in Celine’s career, however, came in the 1990s when she released the album Unison and then The colour of my Love three years later, with The power of Love inside. D’eux is the best-selling French-language album, an album that contains Pour que tu m’aimes encore, a planetary hit written by Jean Jacques Goldman. In 1996, with the album Falling into you, he achieved even greater fame and won many Grammy awards and the coveted Album of the Year. But his most famous album was Let’s talk about Love in 1997, the album that also includes the soundtrack of the film Titanic, My heart will go on. It was in 1998 that he recorded his second album in French and received much praise, S’il suffisait d’aimer and There are special times. With All the way …A decade of song in 1999, he gathered his greatest hits together with some unreleased tracks on one album.
After a short break, he returned with A new day has come in 2002. The following year was the turn of One heart and 1 fille & 4 types. In 2004 Miracle was released, Taking chances in 2007, Sans attendre in 2012 and in 2013 Loved me back to life. This was followed in 2016 by Encore un soir and Courage in 2019.
The last in order of release is Love again, released on 12 May 2023. The album contains five new songs and other hits and is the first album after the announcement of her illness ‘stiff person syndrome‘ that forced her to cancel several concerts.
I recently wrote an article in an online magazine of depth ‘Sbircia la Notizia’, I wanted to highlight the exceptional nature of this great artist whose heavenly voice touches the chords of the soul.
With her way of singing that goes beyond mere musical notes, Celine Dion is an incomparable manifestation of vocal artistry that verges on the sublime. A celestial voice, a rare gift that achieves vocal extensions above the human limit.
When she sings, it seems as if the sound comes from distant and unknown places, rising with a unique energy to the listener’s heart.
Celine manages with an almost surgical precision, thanks to her great mastery in modulating each note, to touch the soul, and knows when to whisper or when to soar into notes that verge on the divine.
Her vocal extension is unparalleled and she embraces three or more octaves with absolute ease. Each note, like a sonorous gem, is emitted with extraordinary perfection, shining and sparkling like the stars.
But his greatness also lies in the profound and emotional way he interprets each piece of music. Every note conveys emotion and expresses with purity a moving passion rarely found in other artists.
Celine does not just sing a song, she lives it and interprets it, merging soul and lyrics in a fascinating dance between her and the audience.
Another amazing aspect of this unique artist is her versatility. She is able to adapt to a wide range of musical genres with ease, whether to sweet romantic ballads or powerful, energy-laden ones.
Behind this exceptional talent lies an impeccable vocal technique, an understanding of breathing, diaphragmatic support and phonatory articulation. With this technical mastery, Celine is able to tackle extreme vocal challenges with an apparent naturalness.
Her singing is an absolute rarity, bordering on the divine, an art that defies the laws of physics, touches the deepest chords of the human soul and leads us to distant lands, making us dream and feel the ineffable.
According to the latest news, unfortunately, the artist’s fragile health, shrouded in a fog of suffering and uncertainty, continues to cast a gloomy shadow over the famous singer’s future prospects. For the past few years, Celine Dion has been battling stiff-person syndrome (formerly known as Sleeping Beauty Syndrome), and her battle has proved rather bitter, shaded by debilitating spasms, muscle pains and a growing stiffness that is forcing her to give up concerts until 2024. Unfortunately, trapped in this prison of suffering, Celine is even unable to face the outside world; unbearable spasms and a hunched back force her into a tormented silence and gradually distance her from the glittering stages and thunderous applause.
Let us hope that the curtain that fell almost two years ago can reopen, sweeping away the dark shadow of that illness that cast a gloomy veil over one of the most heavenly voices of our time, giving way to a melody of sadness and a perhaps unsolvable human enigma.
From her relationship with her manager René Angélil she had three children, René-Charles in 2001 and twins Eddy and Nelson in 2010. Unfortunately, however, in 2016 due to a serious illness, her husband passed away and Celine managed to cope with the situation with courage and determination.
Despite the great pain Celine carried on with her music career. ‘This is what René would have wanted,‘ she revealed to People Magazine. However, she has always been a devoted, reserved and discreet mother, a public figure respected by everyone, especially her fans.