Dion, Céline (Marie Claudette )
- Colette Simonot
(Marie Claudette )
(b Charlemagne, PQ, March 30, 1968). Canadian singer. She grew up in a large musical family in Quebec and performed at her parents’ piano bar as a child. At 12 she composed her first song with her mother and brother and sent a demo to René Angélil, who became her manager. Her first album, La voix du bon dieu (Super Étoiles/Saisons, 1981), was a hit in Quebec. Dion gained international attention by winning the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo in 1982. The following year she became the first Canadian to earn a gold record in France and she won the first of many Félix Awards, a Quebec music prize. Dion released a series of French albums in the early 1980s and signed with CBS Records Canada in 1986. Determined to break into the English market, she learned English, updated her image, and adopted a new upbeat sound. In ...