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!
The 19th annual Ron White Foundation Shoe Drive kicked off earlier this month. Several celebrities, including Celine, have previously donated autographed shoes to the foundation. If you live in or around the Greater Toronto Area, you can also help those in need by donating your gently-worn shoes and boots for men, women and children at any of the Ron White stores until January 31. As a thank you, Ron White offers $25 towards a future purchase to all those who donate.
Five years ago, a terrible earthquake devastated Haiti. Today, most children in Haiti don’t reach the 6th grade. Without schooling, a Haitian child often ends up in a gang, on drugs, sexually trafficked, or dies young. Join ‘Aids Still Required’ to give Haitian children the education they deserve. Please donate what you can to help revamp Haiti's most desperate areas, and transform Haiti's future.
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Celine collaborated with singer, songwriter and producer Linda Perry for the first time during the recording of her 2007 album ‘Taking Chances’. Linda wrote and produced two songs for Celine: “My Love” and “New Dawn”. A live version of “My Love”, recorded during Celine’s Taking Chances World Tour, was later included on Celine’s greatest hits album ‘My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection’ and was released as its lead single. Watch Celine perform the song below.
The Golden Globes Awards ceremony is taking place tonight in Los Angeles. Did you know that three of Celine’s songs have earned their composers a ‘Best Original Song for a Motion Picture’ Golden Globe Award? The first song to have won this prestigious award was the ‘Beauty and Beast’ in 1992. The song, which is included on the animated feature’s soundtrack, was a massive success. In addition to a Golden Globe, it also won an Academy Award and a Grammy Award. Celine also won the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Grammy award in 1993 for her duet performance of this song with Peabo Bryson. Can you name the two other Golden Globes Award winning songs?
“Singing in French for me is first of all a return to my roots, the happiness of going back to my first language and ‘my countries’, Quebec and France, which have given me so much. Singing in French is also about this team, the songwriters, the musicians with whom I have such pleasure in sharing! And, it’s the idea of experiencing the energy and warmth that’s so particular of the francophone public”.*
*Translation of quote taken from the ‘1 fille & 4 types’ CD booklet.