Celine Marie Claudette Dion was a fourteenth and youngest child in a Canadian French-speaking working class family. All the children in the family liked music, but little Celine was undoubtedly the talented one. At the age of 12 the girl wrote and recorded her first song with the help from her relatives. On the back of a dics by Ginette Reno they found the coordinates of producer Rene Angelil and sent him the record. Rene was so impressed by Celine's voice that he pawned his house in order to sponsor Dion's debut attempt. In 1983 the instant teen star was popular in native Canada and many European countries. At the same time the singer dreamt of being successful in the USA. In order to help her in reaching this aim, Angelil made Celine undergo serious transformations in appearance and sent Dion to an English school in order to improve her language. The first Celine's Anglophone album Unison fulfilled in a soft rock manner saw the light in 1990 and was a certain hit. Though the real recognition in the U.S. came to the singer after the melodramatic soundtrack to Disney's The Beauty And The Beast, which brought her the first Grammy.
The singer worked with the intensity that could impress anyone - she recorded six discs in the period from 1992 to 1996 without stopping perfoming and taking part in various charity activities. In 1994 she revealed her long-term personal relations with Angelil, who was 26 years older, and they married the same year. Let's Talk About Love in 1997 generated Celine's most powerful hit My Heart Will Go On. This classical love ballad became the soundtrack of James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic. As for Celine's music, it underwent serious permutations, changing from soft rock with significant guitar line to slow emotional ballads, showing all vocal abilities of the singer. In 1999 simultanuously with the release of compilation All The Way...A Decade Of Songs Celine announced her career break. She wanted to give more time to the family life, which was influenced heavily by her husband's throat cancer remission.
In January 2001 Celine gave birth to her son. At the same time she issued one more compilation of hits for the fans. In March 2002 she came back to the scene with the disc A New Day Has Come, filled with maternal motives. Dion also started taking a more active part in writing her English-language songs, which made them more personal and sincere. The same year she announced a three-year contract on appearing in an entertaining Las Vegas show called A New Day. In 2004 Celine, enjoying the new role of the mother in her life, took part in a devoted to children multimedia project by the famous baby photographer Anne Gedes. After the successful closure of the Las Vegas show Dion returned to the studio and recorded her new French album D’Elles in 2007. In November of the same year the hard-working celebrity released her 35th (and 13th Anglophone) disc called Taking Chances. On this work Celine broadens her musical boundaries to R&B and hip-hop, mixed with the already familiar to her pop and rock styles. In 2008, Dion released My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection. This compilation was mostly composed by slow-tempo songs, which became the main feature of the singer’s music since the middle of the nineties. In 2010 Celine pleased her listeners by releasing her new live album Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert (2010) that had been recorded in Boston and Montreal in 2008. Traditionally strong album managed to preserve and transmit all the energy and atmosphere of Dion’s show. The numerous hits that are so much loved by the fans - To Love You More, Taking Chances and many others – definitely got a new sound.