CELINE DION, THE BEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST IN THE WORLD

Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer, occasional songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. Celine Dion was born on March 30, 1968 to Adhémar Dion and Thérèse Tanguay, both of French Canadian descent. Céline Dion was raised a Roman Catholic in a poverty-stricken, but, by her own account, happy home in Charlemagne(a small town 30 miles east of Montreal), Quebec, Canada. Celine is the youngest of 14 children of a highly musical family. Her parents, both musicians, operated a small club, and on weekends, the entire family performed and entertained the local population. From the tender age of 5, Céline sang with her siblings and quickly acquired the ability to perform live. At the age of twelve, together with her mother and one of her brothers, Céline composed a French song which would forever alter the course of her life.
From humble beginnings in a rural French Canadian home town, Celine Dion has risen to international superstardom like a shooting star. Céline has been called the premier contemporary pop vocalist of the Nineties. She has earned music industry accolades from around the world: Grammy Awards in the US, Juno and Felix Awards in Canada, and World Music Awards in Europe. The entire world has seen Céline Dion literally transform herself from a gifted pre-adolescent into an international superstar.

The demo tape containing the song was brought to the attention of René Angélil, a well respected personal manager. In January 1981, René was so taken by the voice of the young Celine, that he became determined to make her an internationally known talent - he even mortgaged his house to finance the recording of Céline's debut album! Celine began to receive recognition for her talent in 1982, winning the Gold Medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo, along with the coveted Musician's Award for Top Performer. In 1983, she became the first Canadian ever to receive a Gold Record in France.
By 1988, Celine had established a strong name for herself in her native province of Quebec, where she was enjoying superstar status, receiving numerous Felix Awards and racking up platinum albums. That same year, Céline won the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin Ireland, where she performed live before a television audience of 600 million viewers throughout Europe, the USSR, the Middle-East, Japan, and Australia.
In September, 1990 Celine released 'Unison' - her first English-language album and her first for Sony Music - and scored a breakthrough US hit with the Top 5 single "Where Does My Heart Beat Now".
Celine's international breakthrough came when she recorded the title track for the soundtrack to the animated Disney hit movie 'Beauty and the Beast.' The song went to number one and garnered an Academy Award and a Grammy Award. "Beauty and the Beast" formed the cornerstone for Céline's second English language album, called simply 'Céline Dion.' That album produced four more hit singles including "Love Can Move Mountains," "Water From The Moon," "If You Asked Me To" and "Did You Give Enough Love." In Canada, the album went six times platinum and set the stage for an incredible streak of Juno Awards.

The most successful single from the album became the classically influenced ballad "My Heart Will Go On", which was written and composed by James Horner and Will Jennings, and produced by Horner and Walter Afanasieff. Serving as the love theme for the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, the song topped the charts across the world, and became Dion's signature song; as well as winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The song also gave Dion two Grammy Awards for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" and the most coveted "Record of the Year", (the song itself won four awards, but two were presented to the songwriters). "My Heart Will Go On" and "Think Twice" made her the only female artist in the UK to have two singles to sell more than a million copies. This success also made her awarded as The Best-selling Female Artist in the World. In support of her album, Dion embarked on the Let's Talk About Love Tour between 1998 and 1999.

Quebec pop star Celine Dion leaves the church with her husband Rene Angelil after their wedding ceremony in Montreal, Saturday, Dec. 17, 1994.

On December 17, 1994, Celine Dion and René Angélil (born January 16, 1942) were married at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. Angélil Angélil was her music manager who had ever moved to tears by Dion's voice, and decided to make her a star when Celine Dion still teens (twelve years old) and brought her recording to music. They have been a son, Rene Charles Angelil, who was born on January 2001, and on 2010, they expecting their twins who are estimeted will be born on November 2010.

Celine Dion, Rene Angelil, and Rene Charles Angelil