10 Things You Didn’t Know About Celine Dion
Celine Dion is one of the most renowned female singers around the world and her incredible talent has led her to an unbelievable career. The Canadian singer is now a world renowned music icon, and it isn’t for lack of hard work. Dion has been working on her career since she was five years old and has the distinction of becoming Canada’s best-selling artist. With 15 French albums, 11 English albums, numerous awards and countless shows under her belt, here are 10 things you didn’t know about the incredible singer:
10. Almost Lost Her Voice
It is no secret that Celine Dion is one of the hardest working stars in the music industry, but early in her career, her determination almost cost her her career. While on tour for her first English album, Unison, in the very early ’90s Dion battled laryngitis. Along with stress and fatigue from her schedule, Dion refused to take a break and her vocal cords became inflamed and she was forced to cancel some shows. She was advised to undergo vocal cord surgery, but instead opted to get better by remaining completely silent for three weeks. Following the scare she has since had a strict routine in order to take care of herself and her voice.
9. Becoming a Star
Although she started performing at the age of five, and was signed at the age of 12, it took awhile for Celine Dion to reach an international level of stardom. After years of releasing French albums, when Dion was 18 she saw Michael Jackson perform on TV and that is when she turned to her manager and said that is the kind of success and stardom she wanted. So in 1989, her manager had her take a year off, gave her a complete makeover, had her master English and she began work on her first English album Unison which was released in 1990. The following year she sung the title track for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, officially launching her career outside of Canada. Despite reaching success in the U.S. as well, the singer faced backlash from her French fans in Canada who felt neglected by her turn to English and American audiences. So, when she won the English Artist of the Year at the 1991 Felix Awards show, she refused to accept the award, asserting she would always be a French not an English artist.