ARTIST OF THE MONTH: CELINE DION
Our Artist Of The Month is French Canadian singer Celine Dion is known for her powerful and technically skilled vocals. Dion is the best-selling Canadian recording artist and the best-selling French-language artist of all time. Her music has incorporated pop, rock, R&B, gospel, and classical music. Dion is also among the best-selling music artists of all time, with record sales of more than 200 million worldwide.
Loved Me Back To Life (2013)
After a break of 6 years, Celine returned to the Anglophone market with a new-ish sound with this album. It’s part Adele, part Sia and a whole lot of Celine, with soft ballads like “Unfinished Songs”, R&B-infused uptempo (“Save Your Soul”), and dubstep-leanings in the title track. It was a commercial and critical success, having sold over a million copies to date, and the title track has found its place among the old Celine classics. It’s not a hugely experimental album, nor is it grasping at trying to replicate past successes.
On her first English-language album in six years, the Grammy winner starts a new chapter after losing her husband of 21 years, René Angélil, to cancer in 2016. "Courage" is a heartrending, uplifting, and utterly powerful record, and a worthy addition to Dion’s timeless catalog. Across 16 tracks, Dion soars to new heights as she grieves, copes, and ultimately prospers in a new stage of her life. Much of the tracklist is inspired by the gut punch and aftermath of Angélil’s untimely passing, such as the Sam Smith-cowritten ballad “For the Lover That I Lost.”
These Are Special Times (1998)
In the wake of her Titanic success, Celine Dion produced two new albums for the holiday season of 1998. One of those was "These Are Special Times," her first Christmas album. It is an especially successful holiday album since Dion wisely balances popular carols ("The Christmas Song," "Blue Christmas," "Feliz Navidad") with new songs ("Don't Save It All for Christmas," the R. Kelly duet "I'm Your Angel"), hymns ("Ave Maria," "Adeste Fidelis"), and Christmas songs with a distinct religious theme ("O Holy Night," the Andrea Bocelli duet "The Prayer").