Celine Dion truly is a Canadian idol. Not only has the spectacular bilingual singer belted out Oscar-worthy melodies and released chart-topping tracks, breaking a variety of musical records along the way, but she's also been doing it for most of her life.
It seems the superstar was born to entertain. The youngest of 14 children, Celine was named after the song "Céline" by French singer Hugues Aufray. The single was recorded in 1966, two years before the world welcomed baby Celine.
The "My Heart Will Go On" singer gave her first public performance at her brother Michael's wedding when she was just five years old. After that, she continued to perform for her family until, at the age of 12, Celine collaborated with her mother Thérèse Dion and brother Jacques on the song "Ce n'était qu'un rêve," which would end up being the song that changed her life both personally and professionally.
Michael sent his sister's demo to music manager René Angélil – who later became her husband of more than 20 years before he tragically died of throat cancer in early 2016 – and suddenly Celine was on the road to stardom. René believed in the young talent from the very first note he heard, even mortgaging his home to pay for her debut album.
Her fame sky-rocketed in the 1980s when she won two major singing competitions: the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in 1982 and the Eurovision song contest in 1988, the latter of which encouraged her to record her first English album. It eventually went seven-times Platinum in Canada and achieved commercial success in many countries around the world, including France, the UK and the United States.
Since soaring to international fame Celine has helmed not one, but two successful multi-year residencies in Las Vegas, built up an ever-growing and adoring fan base and continued to wow the world with her powerful voice. Now, on her 48th birthday, we look back at some of her most monumental career milestones, celebrating the homegrown star who has always shown us the power of love.