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Interview with CELINE DION

More than 30 years of international success, more than 200 millions sold albums, more than 100 awards and an own show in Las Vegas: CELINE DION is putting on a record. And this started long before she won an Academy Award for "My Heard Will Go On", as best film song in James Cameron's Titanic, in 1998. The question is, with which awards Dion's new French album "Sans Attendre" will expand this list. Tomorrow, at the 22nd of november 12, the singer will already have to create space in the trophy rack, because then she will be in Dusseldorf, Germany, to receive the "Bambi" award for the third time. In the interview the exceptional talent from Canada revealed how her childhood as the youngest of 14 siblings influenced her life and her music, why her mother is her idol and why she will always sing in French:

You just released your new album "Sans Attendre". It is your 14th album, that you released in French. It seems to be a matter of heart for you to sing in French. Why is that so important for you?   

I will always sing in French for as long as I'm singing. It's my first language, so it's important to me, and it's my roots.

What is your favorite song on "Sans Attendre" and why?      
Everyone asks me this question for almost every album that I record, and I always tell them that I love all the songs equally.  It's almost like children.....you can never ask a parent which child they love the most.   

Your are now successful as musician for more than 30 years. What were the best moments and best projects in this time?  

That's a tough question. There have been a lot of moments. Singing at the Academy Awards for the first time was a great moment... and singing at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in 1996. Singing with so many amazing artists were also huge moments... Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, The Bee Gees... On my French albums, singing with Jean-Jacques Goldman, Johnny Hallyday and Jean-Pierre Ferland... just to name a few.
I've been very lucky!

Is there a special thing in your career that you are still dreaming of to do?  

I don't think too much about the things that I would like to do in the future. I live very much for the moment. But in show business, one day I would like to do a role in a movie....and I would love to play the part of Maria Callas.

You grew up with 13 siblings and your whole family did music gigs all together since you were a child. How was it for you to grow up in such a big and music talented family? 

There was always a lot of music in our house. If my brothers and sisters weren't playing their favorite records, we'd all be singing something together.   I just loved being around all this.  We didn't have any money....my parents worked very hard just to take care of us, but we had love and music in the house, and this was all we needed.

And how did your family situation influence you on your way as musician?   

Well, I watched my brothers and sisters play together in bands, and since I was the youngest I wasn't able to join in at first.  But when I was old enough, they let me take part, and I think I must have learned a little bit from all of them, watching them for so long. I think this really helped to shape the way I would eventually be as a performer. They were all a great influence for me.

You are an idol for many people. But who are your idols? Do you have any idols or did you have any idols, when you started to make music?  

I loved a lot of music and different artists when I was growing up, and I remember seeing Michael Jackson on TV and thought he was just amazing, but if you ask me who my idol is...it's my mother. She's an amazing woman, especially raising 14 children...not on her own-with my Dad, of course.  But she's always been my biggest inspiration.  

At the 22nd of november will you receive the "Bambi“ award for the third time. During the years of your career you have been awarded with ten "Grammys", with the "Legend Award", the "Diamond Award", the "Echo" and two "Academy Awards" for the best film song, for example. How was it for you, when you got your first "Grammy" in 1993? And does it feel different for you to receive an award now?      

I don't want to sound pretentious, but I don't often think about winning awards, or getting gold and platinum records. I know that all of these awards are important, don't get me wrong....it's just that I've never focused on them.  What I do know and appreciate very much is that getting an award means that you've been accepted by the fans or by the industry, and I'm very grateful for this.  I feel fortunate to be able to do something that I love, which is to sing.  To get awards on top of this...it's an amazing bonus.  I also know that the Bambi Awards are very prestigious, so it's a great honor to be receiving one on November 22nd. It makes me very happy to know that I'm being accepted by the people of Germany.

Photo: MCS
Author: Kati Rausch


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