Today in Music History: February 13
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"Like an iron fist in a velvet glove, the power of Céline Dion's voice is cloaked in a silky vibrato that betrays the intensity of her vocal commitment." [Source: wikipedia.org]
Canadian singer Céline Dion's career began in the humblest of settings - singing in her parents' piano bar outside of Montreal. The rest of the story is history as she went on to become a multi-Grammy winning, mega-selling, powerful diva commanding the biggest stages in the world. She had recorded nine French albums and won numerous awards by the time she was 18. Her album "Falling into You" won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1997.
At the age of 12, Céline Dion 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, La Voix du bon Dieu (The Voice of God). [Source: bio.com]Into the 90s popularized Adult contemporary music in the form of soft-rock and singer-songwriter styles throughout the decade. Adult contemporary artist Céline Dion is one of the biggest international stars in music history, selling more than 220 million albums worldwide. Her real international breakthrough came when she performed a duet with Peabo Bryson on the title track to Disney's animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991). Also In 1991, Dion was a featured soloist in Voices That Care, a tribute to American troops fighting in Operation Desert Storm. In 1999 at the height of her success, Dion announced a hiatus from entertainment in order to start a family and spend time with her husband, who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Following the September 11 attacks, Céline Dion returned to the music scene, and in a televised performance sang "God Bless America" at the benefit concert America: A Tribute to Heroes. Chuck Taylor of Billboard wrote, "the performance... brings to mind what has made her one of the celebrated vocalists of our time: the ability to render emotion that shakes the soul. Affecting, meaningful, and filled with grace, this is a musical reflection to share with all of us still searching for ways to cope."
1993 Céline Dion - The Power of Love was certified Platinum and has sold 1.5 million copies. It is a remake of Jennifer Rush's 1985 hit.Upcoming Musical Talent...
Meet Cydel Gabutero:
At 10 years old, Cydel Gabutero sings with an amazing and powerful voice for her age. Stemming from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Phillapines, the young artist has been singing since she was four years old and has already covered the hit pieces of various popular singers. She is incredibly talented and will definitely develop better with a professional voice training surely to become a professional singer.