Céline Dion was already a star in Canada when she released “My Heart Will Go On” as a single from the Titanic soundtrack in 1997, but the song catapulted her to global superstardom – which she might never have had if her late husband hadn’t pushed her to record it!
On Watch What Happens Live on Nov. 18, the five-time Grammy Award winner revealed she didn’t want to record the song, which James Horner had written specifically for her.
“It didn’t appeal to me,” she said in an interview that will likely surprise fans. “I was probably very tired that day – very tired.”
At that point, she revealed, René Angélil took over, recognizing Céline’s feelings would likely not stay the same and she might regret passing on the track. It is now one of the best-selling singles of all time and went on to hit number one in 20 different countries.
“My husband said, ‘Let’s hold on.’ He talked to the writer and said, ‘Let’s try to make it, like, a little demo,’” she said.
Céline is known for her incredible voice, and unbelievably – and also, of course, entirely believable at the same time – that demo ended up being the version you hear on the song!
“I sang the song once and they built the orchestra around it,” she said. “I never re-sang it for the recording. So the demo is the actual recording. But after that, I’ve sang it about three gazillion times.”
This truly puts Céline in a class of very few other singers. The only other person we can think of who has been able to record a track perfectly the first time through is Alanis Morissette, who has a similar impressive vocal range. The Canadian rock star told Entertainment Weekly that she cut each song on legendary album Jagged Little Pill in just one or two takes.
Céline is on a huge tour in support of her new album Courage, which came out last week. During the same episode of Watch What Happens Live , she told a caller she hasn’t been dating, despite persistent rumours to the contrary. Earlier this year, she was linked to dancer Pepe Munoz, but Celine confirmed on the show that he’s gay and they’re just very good friends.
“I don’t have a boyfriend,” she said. “And you know, it doesn’t mean that I will not find someone in my life. If I do, that would be great. If I don’t, that would be great.
“Once you love so much – you know, I’ve been living all my life with René; he’s still within me. I see him through the eyes of my children every day.”
That’s advice we could also use and an attitude so many of us would do well to adopt!