Canadian pop sensation and world renown singer Celine Dion may be best known for her theme from the Titanic film but this pop diva has released some recognizable hits. Born in Charlemagne, Québec, Canada, Dion is the youngest of 14 children where music was a part of her family. She made her first public appearance singing at her brother Michel's wedding in 1973 at the age of five. By 1983 she had become a star in Canada but needed to learn English to become a worldwide artist. In 1992 Dion released her first English sung album and had hits with "Beauty and the Beast", "Love Can Move Mountains" and "If You Asked Me To." She gained fame throughout North America and became loved around the World in the years to follow. Here are five of Dion's most underrated songs from her career.
5. "I Surrender" is from Dion's album A New Day Has Come. Her vocals display a longing for love: "I know I can't survive another night away from you / You're the reason I go on and now I need to live the truth." Written by Louis Biancaniello and Sam Watters, the song was never released as a single from the album but resonated with fans. She does not disappoint with the heart-wrenching ballad.
4. "Calling You" was originally recorded by Jevetta Steele for the 1987 movie "Bagdad Café." Dion covered the tune live numerous times throughout the 1990's. The song was included on her Live album on "À l'Olympia" and released as the first and only single from the album in Dec. 1994. The song charted at number 75 in France but in no other countries. In 2006 the song was featured for the first time on "So You Think You Can Dance" in a routine which won Mia Michaels an Emmy and covered by other dancers on the show through the years.
3. "Fade Away" was from Dion's 2007 album Taking Chances. Dion brings a fierce stronger woman to life in this song that looks at the end of a relationship. Her vocal runs in the song are not missing but there is also conviction in the lyrics as well. Dion sings of the relationship: "Everything changed / When you walked away / But I'll survive somehow / Though I have regrets / I'll learn to forget / And just keep movin' on."
2. "Fly" is a heartbreaking tune featured on Dion's 1996 album Falling Into You. Written by Jean-Jacques Goldman and Phil Galdston, the song encourages a child to take flight to heaven. The lyrics look at the sorrow a parent faces at the loss of a child: "Leave this lonely world of ours / Escape the sorrow and the pain / And fly again" but also finding peace, "Fly, fly little wing / Fly where only angels sing / Fly away, the time is right / Go now, find the light."
1. "River Deep, Mountain High" is a cover tune with a soulful R&B-feel of power. Dion brings in a full chorus that impacts the song to a new level. The original version by Ike and Tina Turner was listed number 33 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Dion began performing the song in her live shows and in 1996 added a studio version on her Falling Into You album and the 2008 compilation, My Love: Essential Collection. The song's lyrics compared a woman's love and loyalty, to that which a child feels for a doll, and a puppy has for his master.
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