Céline Dion is arguably one of the best vocalists of this lifetime. Her career has landed her some of the best gigs in the world including a Las Vegas venue built just for her and making her the city's most successful entertainer. As the decades went on, there were moments in Dion's career that stood out as pivotal moments. AXS is taking a look at five of those moments.
Meeting René Angélil
Céline Dion began her career in 1981 at just 12 years old when a song her mother and brother wrote for her was handed off to talent manager René Angélil (the two married in 1993). "Ce N'était Qu'un Rêve" ("It Was Only A Dream") would become the song that launched a massive career that has now spanned more than 30 years.
Dion's career boomed in her native Canada and in Europe releasing many French albums and making a solid name for herself in the francophone world. She wanted to take it further and in six months time, she would learn English as best as she could and released her first international English album Unison in 1990 featuring single "Where Does My Heart Beat Now". It kicked off what would be the decade of Céline Dion.
Falling Into You and "Titanic"
Dion released several French and English records since her worldwide breakout. In 1996, she released her fourth English album Falling Into You and that turned out to be the blockbuster album of her career. The set won Dion three Grammy Awards including the coveted Album of the Year. It would go on to become one of the best selling albums in history with sales of 32 million copies worldwide. In 1997, she was presented with a demo of a song called "My Heart Will Go On" for the James Cameron movie "Titanic." The demo she recorded was retained on the soundtrack but was redone for her follow-up album Let's Talk About Love. Including the mega successful single and signature song, the album followed the success of Falling Into You and also became one of the best selling albums in history with sales of 31 million copies worldwide. These two albums put Dion on the map as one of the most successful female artists in history.
A break in the new millenium
On Dec. 31, 1999, Dion would give her final performance of the millenium before she would take a break from her career to have a child. Her final show took place in Montréal, Québec at the Molson Centre and she rang in the new year with a countdown. She sang both French and English hits and thanked the province that embraced her golden pipes since only a teenager. Dion took a break not only to focus on creating a family but to leave the spotlight for a few years so the world wouldn't "get sick of her."
"A New Day..."
Dion signed what was orginally a three-year contract to perform in Las Vegas at The Colosseum built specifically for her show "A New Day..." The show was created with Cirque du Soleil mastermind Franco Dragone and in March 2003, Dion returned to music with a new English album One Heart just in time for the show's debut which aired on television. Later that year, she released French album 1 Fille & 4 Types and incorporated the French version of "Je T'aime Encore." The show was such a success, she continued for an additional two years and returns to her palace throughout the years. The venue has become a hotspot for artists like Britney Spears, Bette Midler and Shania Twain to perform. "A New Day..." made Dion the most successful entertainer in Vegas, surpassing Elvis Presley.
Céline Dion's career is that from a fairytale. From rags to riches, she built an empire for herself and touched our hearts all over the world.