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05.06.2017

All-time great Vocalists - Celine Dion!

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Bespoke is starting a series on some of the great icons in music, looking at their careers and what they have accomplished.

In this blog post I will be looking at a modern great, one of the best vocalists of all time, at least in my opinion, Celine Dion.

Born on March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada, singer Celine Dion had recorded nine French albums and won numerous awards by the time she was 18. She recorded her first English language album, Unison, in 1990. Dion’s real breakthrough into pop music stardom came in 1992, when she recorded the theme to Disney’s hit animated feature Beauty and the Beast. She went on to record several hits, including four No. 1’s: “The Power of Love,” “Because You Loved Me,” “My Heart Will Go On” and “I’m Your Angel.”

Celine Dion quickly capitalized on her newfound fame, releasing the top-selling The Colour of My Love in 1993. The album showcased the romantic power ballads that Dion had become known for, including “When I Fall in Love” (featured on the soundtrack for the hit film Sleepless in Seattle) and “The Power of Love,” her first single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1994, Dion happily merged her personal and professional life when she married Angelil, who is 26 years her senior. Angelil and his second wife had divorced in the 1980s, and, around this same time, he and Dion had begun a romantic relationship. Engaged in 1991, the couple tied the knot at Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica, in an elaborate ceremony that was celebrated throughout Canada.

Dion’s international stardom was solidified by her performance of “The Power of the Dream,” at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. That same year, her album Falling Into You, including the No. 1 hit “Because You Loved Me” (from the soundtrack to Robert Redford’s sentimental 1996 film, Up Close and Personal), won Grammy Awards for album of the year and best pop album. The following year, however, would hold even greater glory for Dion, with the release of the blockbuster film Titanic (1997), co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, for which Dion sang the theme song, “My Heart Will Go On.” By the time the film had raked in a record number of Oscar nominations (it won 11, including the award for best song), Dion’s ballad had become ubiquitous on radio stations around the world.

Included on both the Titanic soundtrack album and Dion’s own Let’s Talk About Love (1997), “My Heart Will Go On” propelled to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100—marking the singer’s third No. 1 hit—and sold a combined 50 million records worldwide. Let’s Talk About Love also featured collaborations with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, the Bee Gees and Bryan Adams.

Celine Dion has achieved huge international success and is a house hold name. However, the reason she is so popular here at Bespoke is her unbelievable voice. She has an incredible range and makes use of proper voice techniques, unlike so many current ‘pop’ singers. She is someone to aspire to and learn from.

Celinedionbiography.com, 2017. Celine Dion biography. [Online] Available at: http://www.biography.com/people/celine-dion-9542132.

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