30 March 1968, Charlemagne, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The youngest of 14 children, Celine Dion was a vastly popular artist at home long before her success in the US and European charts as the new Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey. Her parents and large family had a singing group and toured playing folk music, the influence of which was soon felt. It was Dions mother who wrote the first song for her, which she recorded with her brother at the age of 12. Together with Mrs Dion, the two siblings were sent to the office of René Angélil, then a local rock manager, who took over the young stars guidance (later, in December 1994, he married Dion, despite a 26-year age gap). Following a series of albums addressed to her French Canadian audience she made her English language debut in 1990 with Unison, an impressive achievement as she had only learned English in 1989. Although this produced four hit singles her true international...
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