Celine Dion is an icon in the world of vocals. She is an incredible singer with mind breaking vocal skills. Celine is one of the world’s best singer with over 250 million sales of album world wide.
Celine, apart from being a singer is also a philanthropist. She donates to charities and many foundations. In this article we will let you know everything about Celine, starting from her biography down to her net worth and many more to in between.
Celine Dion Profile
- Full Name: Céline Marie Claudette Dion
- Age: 52 years old
- Nationality: Canadian
- State of Origin: Charlemagne, Quebec.
- State of residence: Henderson, Nevada (NV), United States of America.
- Marital status: Single
- Occupation: Singer and a philanthropist
Celine Dion Age
Celine Dion was born on 30th of March, 1968 into a large family in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. She is the youngest of 14 children of Thérèse Tanguay Dion (mother), a homemaker, and Adhémar Dion (father), a butcher, both of French-Canadian descent.
Celine Dion was brought up as Catholic, she often describe her family as a poor but very happy family who were closely bonded by the love of music.
Celine Dion Education
Celine Dion never completed high school, as she turned her passion fully into music. However, Celine received an honorary doctorate from Laval University in Quebec in August of 2008.
Celine Dion Career
Celine was born into a family of music. Celine’s name was picked by her family after the song “Céline”, which was recorded by a French singer Hugues Aufray few years before her birth.
She stated in one of her interviews that singing with her siblings after school was her way of escaping from bullies in school. She performed Christine Charbonneau’s song “Du fil des aiguilles et du coton” on the 13th of August, 1973 in her brother’s wedding. She captivated the heart of audience during the performance.
At age 12, Celine together with her mother and her brother Jacques wrote and compose her first song, “Ce n’était qu’un rêve”, which translates as “It Was Only a Dream” or “Nothing But A Dream”.
One of Celine’s brother Michel sent the recording to music manager René Angélil, who was moved to tears by her voice and made up his mind to make her a star.
In 1981, René mortgaged his house to fund her first record, La voix du bon Dieu, which was ranked as the best hit and caused her to become an instant star in Quebec.
During Celine teen’s life, she became a popular star in her homeland with a track record of numbers of French-language albums in the 1980s.
Celine got international recognition, when she represented Switzerland and emerged as the winner of the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest.
Based on the decision of her manager, Celine retreated from the spotlight for a number of months, and had a dental surgery to enhance her appearance.
After the surgery, Celine went to study English in École Berlitz in 1989 and began to speak English fluently. This led to her signing under Epic Records in the United States.
In 1990, Celine Dion drop her first English-language album, titled “Unison”. This gave her the platform to establish herself as a pop artist in North America and other English-speaking countries around the globe.
In 1991, Celine got her international break, when she performed a duet with Peabo Bryson on the popular title track to Disney’s animation “Beauty and the Beast”. This was Celine’s first top-ten hit in the United Kingdom and her second top-ten hit in the United States.
The track got its songwriters an Academy Award for Best Song and gave Celine her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
The same track “Beauty and the Beast” became Celine Dion’s lead single from her 1992 self-titled album, which had a strong pop rock influence combined with elements of soul and classical music.
Celine achieved a lot of success with the lead-off single and her collaborations with David Foster and Diane Warren.
The album had more commercial success compare to Unison (her first English-language album).This lead off single was certified diamond in Canada and double platinum in the United States.
The second single of this album, “If You Asked Me To” (a cover of Patti LaBelle’s song from the 1989 movie Licence to Kill) was her first number-one single in Canada and ranked fourth on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In as much as Celine was releasing English albums, she was simultaneously releasing French albums between each English record.
In 1995, Celine’s French album titled “D’eux” was ranked the best-selling French-language album of all time. Others such as; S’il suffisait d’aimer in 1998, Sans attendre in 2012, and Encore un soir in 2016, all got diamond certification in France.
As years passed by, Celine was seen as a highly successful live performer with “A New Day”. on the Las Vegas Strip (2003–07) concert. This concert still holds the position of the highest-grossing concert residency of all time.
Another remarkable concert, was her ” Taking Chances World Tour”, which took place from 2008-2009. It was also ranked as one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time.
Celine’s music has been a flavoured by many genres such as; rock and R&B to gospel and classical.
Although Celine’s music are mainly in French and English, she also sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. Celine is up-hold as one of pop music’s most influential voices.
Celine is a savvy business woman and a philanthropist and has funded a lot of charities and foundations.
Celine Dion Relationship
Celine first came in contact with her husband and manager, René Angélil, in 1980, at the age of 12 when he was 38, after her brother, Michel Dondalinger Dion, sent him a demonstration recording of “Ce n’était qu’un rêve”.
René who was divorced twice was always loved by Celine. At the age of 20 they started dating and was engaged at the age of 23, their love life was made public after the engagement.
In 17 December 1994, Celine got married to René Angélil at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec. On the 5th of January 2000, Dion and Angélil renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas.
Their union was blessed with three boys, René-Charles Angélil (first) and fraternal twins ( Eddy and Nelson). Unfortunately on the 14th of January 2016, Angélil died from throat cancer.
Celine’s husband funeral was held on 22nd of January 2016, in Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where they wed 21 years earlier.
Celine Dion Achievement
Celine has received a lot of awards and recognitions, such as; In 1999, Celine received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.
Celine was honoured by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for selling over 50 million albums in Europe in 2003.
In May 2003, Celine was ranked the tenth on VH1’s list of “50 Greatest Women of the Video Era”. She was also ranked the 64th on their list of the “200 Greatest popular culture Icons of All Time”.
Celine’s outstanding album “Falling into You” is included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Definitive 200 list.
In January of 2004, Celine Dion received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she dedicated to her late father.
Celine’s song “My Heart Will Go On” gained entrance to the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry Association of America which eventually led to the National Endowment for humanities .
In August of 2008, Celine was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from the Université Laval in Quebec .
In October 2010, Celine Dion was tagged a Goodwill Ambassador, a program organized by the UN in 1999, sharing this accolade with Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon.
Celine also received several state decorations such as the decoration of an award by the Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award.
On the 26th of July 2013, Celine Dion was honoured with the award of the highest rank of the Order of Canada, the “Companion of the Order of Canada”, by the Governor General of Canada and the investiture ceremony took place at Citadelle of Quebec.
Still in 2013, Celine was officiated into the Gaming Hall of Fame. She has being awarded five Grammy Awards, such as Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
Billboard named her the “Queen of Adult Contemporary” due to the possession of the highest number on the radio format for a female artist.
She is that the second best-selling female artist within the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era.
Celine Dion Net Worth
Celine has an estimated net worth of $800 million.