miles east of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and is the youngest of 14
children. She comes from a musically talented family: her mom played the
violin and her father played the accordion.
She sang for the first time at the age of 5 at her parents. At the age of 12, she wrote her first song 'Ce N'etait Qu'un Reve' , with the help of her mother and brother. At that time, she told her mom that she wanted to sing so Therese contacted Rene Angelil, a very famous manager in Montreal, who cried when he listened to her voice for the first time. In order to pay for her first two albums, he mortgaged his house.
Celine began to receive recognition for her talent in 1982, winning the Gold Medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo singing for 115 million spectators and beating 1907 candidates, along with the coveted Musician's Award for Top Performer.
In 1983, she became the first Canadian ever to achieve a Gold Record in
France. In 1984, she won 2 felix awards.
At 18, and after a Michael Jackson performance on TV, Celine's dream matured into becoming an international star of similar caliber and asked her manager for help. He obliged with an agressive 18 months image remake plan that included a significant physical transformation (hair, eyebrows, teeth,..), english classes,....By the time this was over, Celine Dion had literally transformed herself from a gifted pre-adolescent into an international superstar.
By 1988, Celine had established a strong name for herself in her native
province of Quebec, where she was enjoying superstar status, receiving
numerous Felix Awards and platinum albums....