On January 29, 1991, Céline made her 3rd appearance in 4 months on The Tonight Show, which helped propel her song "Where Does my Heart Beat Now” to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. In 2009, René said, "Since the beginning, we have had a special friendship with Debbie Vickers, who eventually became producer and director of The Tonight Show. Jay Leno was the first to believe in Céline. We owe much to them for their support.”
(photo: Alan Silfen)
During a 2013 interview with Larry King, Celine answered fan questions sent by Twitter. Would she collaborate with Adele, Christina Aguilera or Rihanna? What would she do if she lost her voice one day? Watch the clip to find out what Celine said!
On January 22, 1977, the legendary Stevie Wonder reached #1 on the Billboard chart with his song "I Wish," the first single released from his multi-platinum album “Songs in the Key of Life." In 2003 Céline performed "I Wish” in her show "A New Day". Her interpretation is included on the album 'A New Day...Live in Las Vegas.'
With her new show in Las Vegas in 2011, Céline sang the song “Overjoyed” as a duet with a virtual Stevie Wonder seated at the piano. They later recorded this previously unreleased song for her 2013 album 'Loved Me Back to Life'. Céline has always admired Stevie Wonder, so it was with great honor that she recorded one of his songs.
Céline had the great privilege of meeting this celebrated musician at various award ceremonies and benefit concerts, such as "Pavarotti and Friends" in June 1998 or the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon in September 2001.
(photo: personal collection - May 3, 1995 - World Music Awards, Monaco)
Code 3 For A Cure will be conducting this year’s Mission of Honor and Hope on May 23. During the mission, a team of firefighter cancer survivors, both active and retired, drive a fire engine truck across America to share their personal cancer stories with other firefighters in order to encourage early cancer screenings. The foundation’s main purpose is to provide financial assistance to firefighters who are battling cancer and facing financial hardship.
"Make sure you choose good friends and that those friends tell you the truth. It's very easy to say to people, 'You're beautiful and you're making the right choices,' but it's very important to choose good people to tell you the truth." - Celine Dion, Excerpt from the book "Exactly As I Am" by Shaun Robinson. We all know how important friends are. Tell us about your friends and how they help you?
After Michael Jackson’s passing, Celine performed his favorite song, “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin, in a special tribute during the 2011 Oscars. When asked why it was important to her to honour Michael, she said: "He changed my life. I saw him on TV and I wanted to sing in English because he was, so and I went to learn English and met with him and I (sang) with him and he came to see the show and he had a big impact on my life."
Celine has openly talked about the difficulties she faced growing up. By her own account, she wasn’t part of the popular crowd in school. She overcame the challenges she faced by focusing on her passion: singing. Celine once said, what “is great about maturity and growing older is that you understand the values of life and how it’s important to feel emotionally balanced, but it’s not given to you necessarily when you’re 15 and 17 years old (..)”. Celine also reflects on her teenage years with the song “At Seventeen”, a beautiful melody written and first recorded by Janis Ian. Tell us what this song means to you.
As we look forward to a great year ahead let’s not forget the less fortunate who need a gift of support all year long. You can help in many different ways: donate to your favorite charity or volunteer your time to help those in need. The Celine Dion Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports various charities and medical foundations. For more information on Celine’s charitable work or to contribute to the foundation, click here.
Today is Celine's husband, René Angélil's birthday. Over the years, Celine has always publically acknowledged René for helping her reach the top, but more importantly for being there for her, supporting her both on and off stage. Without René, none of it would have been possible! To express their gratitude, fans from all around the world joined forces last Fall to create a touching video honouring René. Watch the video below, and send your wishes to René here. Happy birthday, René!