Celine Dion

Who is Celine Dion?

Celine Dion whose full name is Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a well renowned Canadian singer. The now 52 year old was born 30 March 1968. As a songstress, she is renowned for her powerful, technically skilled vocals, and remains the best-selling Canadian artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of 200 million copies globally.

Backed by the support of her large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, she emerged as a teen star in her homeland with a series of French-language albums during the 1980s. The now Grammy winner first gained international recognition by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, where she was the face of Switzerland. After she began learning how to speak in English, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States. In 1990, Dion released her debut English-language album, Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in America, Canada and other English-speaking areas of the world.

As the 1990s came, she reached global success after releasing several best-selling English albums, such as Falling into You (1996) and Let’s Talk About Love (1997), which were both certified diamond in the US. The Canadian powerhouse also scored a series of international number-one hits, including “The Power of Love”, “Think Twice”, “Because You Loved Me”, “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”, “My Heart Will Go On”, and “I’m Your Angel”. Dion kept at it and released French albums between each English record; D’eux (1995) and went on to became the best-selling French-language album of all time, while S’il suffisait d’aimer (1998), Sans attendre (2012), and Encore un soir (2016), were all certified diamond in France.

With the surge of the 2000s, the Grammy winner built her reputation as a highly successful live performer with A New Day… on the Las Vegas Strip (2003–07), which remains the highest-grossing concert residency of all time.

When it comes to Celine Dion’s music, there lies the foundational influence of genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and even classical. Although her song recordings are mainly in French and English, she also sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. Although her releases have many times garnered mixed critical reception, the Canadian powerhouse is regarded as one of pop music’s most influential voices who has five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Billboard also named her the “Queen of Adult Contemporary” for having the most number ones on the radio format for a female artist. Celine was named the second best-selling female artist in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era. In the year 2003, she was honoured by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for having sales of over 50 million albums in Europe under her belt.