On November 16, 2012, Celine performed Whitney Houston’s classic “Greatest Love of All” during ‘We Will Always Love You: A Grammy® Salute to Whitney Houston’, a one-hour television special paying tribute to the late singer. Did you know that when Celine started her English-language career, she wanted to be just like Whitney Houston? She was an inspiration to Celine.
Did you know that Celine co-wrote the song “Entre deux mondes” (Between Two Worlds) for Quebec singer Marc Dupré? The song can be found on his album of the same name. Songwriters Celine and Frédérick Baron earned a SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) Award during the 23rd Awards Gala, held in Montreal in November 2012! Watch the video of Marc recording the song in studio.
When asked about the bravest thing she’s ever done, Celine replied “well, I don’t think it’s brave, it’s more of a privilege. My niece died in my arms when she was 16 years old: she had cystic fibrosis. I was in bed with her, singing to her.” Celine pledged to continue the fight against cystic fibrosis, the fatal disease that took her niece Karine’s life. Read about Celine’s involvement with Cystic Fibrosis Canada here.
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the release of ‘All The Way…A Decade of Song’, an album featuring nine of Celine’s greatest hits from the 1990’s as well as seven new songs recorded specifically for this release. The album was very well received by critics and fans alike and garnered huge success worldwide. It debuted at #1 and was certified Diamond in Canada and was certified multi-platinum in many countries around the world. In Japan it earned a Gold Disc Award for Pop Album of the Year. According to Neilsen SoundScan, the album sold 8 million copies in the United States and 5 million in Europe! What do you think of this album? Do you have it in your collection?
Canadian national television channel, CBC is launching the CBC Music Awards to be voted by you, the fans! Here’s your opportunity to have a say and nominate Celine as your favourite Canadian artist, and you can nominate her in several other categories too! After the nominations close on November 17, the CBC will release a long list of the top nominated acts for the public to vote on again. Help get Celine recognized at this year’s awards with her acclaimed album ‘Loved Me Back to Life’.
November 11th marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended WW1. Today we remember those who have sacrificed in many wars around the world. Thank you to the veterans, fallen heroes and all those who served. Take a moment to think of these people and thank them.
During an interview Celine revealed that she would have liked to have “lived” her album ‘D’elles’ more than she did. The songs on this album centre around the theme of ‘woman’ and are written by female authors from France and Quebec. One of the writers is Nathalie Nechtschein, a young poet with Down’s syndrome from Grenoble, discovered by chance by an associate of Jean-Jacques Goldman. Nathalie wrote the lyrics for “Si j’étais quelqu’un” (If I Was Someone) which was originally a poem titled “Si j’étais quelqu’un comme les autres” (If I was Someone Like Everyone Else). This moving poem is about being different and having dreams. Discussing the song, Celine explains: “It’s the words that touched me the most. Where does being normal start and end, and who are we to set the boundaries of normalcy?”*
*translated from an original French quote
Celine made a guest appearance on the Graham Norton Show, this time last year to promote the release of ‘Loved Me Back to Life’. During the candid radio interview, we learned how this album allowed Celine to balance a new sound with her classic one that fans have always appreciated. Did you know Celine follows a routine when learning and recording new songs, in order, as she puts it, to “discover the emotion of the song at the same time as I give it?” Listen to Celine and Graham discussing ‘Loved Me Back to Life’ and so much more!