Celine Marie Claudette Dion is a popular Canadian singer and was born on March 30, 1968. She was raised into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, the youngest of 14 children of Adhemar and Therese Dion; she grew up in musical family. Her parents formed a singing group named Dion’s Family, and they toured Canada when Celine was still an infant. They later opened a piano bar, where the 5-year-old Celine would perform to the delight of customers.
By age 12, the now famous singer recorded a demo tape of a song she had written with her mother. They sent the tape to the manager and producer Rene Angelil, who handled the career of popular French singer Ginette Reno.
After hearing the tape and inviting Dion to perform for him in person, Angelil signed her immediately under the condition that he would have complete control over her career. He mortgaged his own home to finance her debut album. At age 18, Celine had recorded nine French albums and won numerous Felix and Juno awards (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award).
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.
Dion’s real breakthrough into pop music stardom came in 1992, when she recorded the theme to Disney’s hit animated feature Beauty and the Beast, a duet with Peabo Bryson. The song (“Beauty and the Beast”) made it to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won both a Grammy and an Academy Award.
It was featured on her second English album, Celine Dion, which became her first gold record in the United States and sold more than 12 million copies internationally. The undeniable success of her self-titled effort, also including the hit “If You Asked Me To,” which made it to Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Number 1 on the adult contemporary chart, allowed Dion to launch her first headlining tour in the United States.
As it relates to Celine Dion’s personal life, In February 2010 the star revealed that she had been trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilisation (IVF). However, the effort did not yield immediate results as Dion underwent four different fertility treatments before a fifth round of IVF finally brought her the outcome she had been looking for.
Her twins Eddy and Nelson, named after record producer and family friend Eddy Marnay and former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, were born in 2010. However, their arrival was not without tragedy for the songstress and her husband after they revealed that they had initially been preparing for three.
She lost one baby in the early stages of her pregnancy when its heart stopped beating. Six weeks after they were born, the twins were revealed to the world in December 2010 when they appeared on the cover of Hello Canada with their mother.
While she no longer dominates the charts as she once did, Celine Dion remains a popular entertainer. Forbes magazine reported in June 2009 that the singer earned approximately $100 million in 2008, making her the second-highest earning musician on the magazine’s list.