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Celin Dion’s full name is Céline Marie Claudette Dion who was born in March 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec who became famous internationally with Celine Dion singing voice. As a Canadian singer, actress, occasional songwriter, and a businesswoman, she was raised in a big family of poor parents, but she became a teen star in Canada after all those difficulties in life.
She married her manager, Rene Angelil after he mortgaged his house to shoulder financing of her 1st recorded album. In the year 1990, her album entitled Unison was released making herself recognized in North America and other places of the world as a great pop artist. Celine is well-known to have a 5-octave vocal range which is considered as one of the most powerful voices in pop music.
Powerful Voice Characteristics of Celine Dion
In the survey conducted by Blender Magazine and MTV regarding the “22 Greatest Singers,” she garnered 9th place with 6th in the category for female and got the 4th place in the list of 100 Great Pop Vocalists held by Cove magazine. She is often distinguished with Mariah Carey because of the well-acclaimed Celine Dion style, as well as with Barbra Streisand for the tone of her voice.
On her debut, a lot of music critics and analysts gave credit to her vocal modulation, and she got praised for the intensity and virtuosity of her voice. The New York Times has written that she’s a kind of singer that has a high, slightly nasal, thin and smooth voice; an excellent soprano possessing a variety of technical skills. She can create smart melismas, sustain long notes that do not waver even a single pitch, and she can produce impressive vocal catches that are only distinguished to singing voice exclusively.
She was described by Charles Alexander of Time as “The power behind songs” and a great singer who can shift from a sentimental ballad into lively pop music. According to him, Celine’s voice slides from whispers into high notes easily combining her powerful voice with grace. Based on the statement of music maestros Jean-Pierre Brossman and Kent Nagano, Dion is a type of musician that is endowed with refinement and perfection as well as an accurate ear for music.
A music critic of AllMusic named Stephen Thomas Erlewine states that Dion performs her songs with effortless elegance and the natural charm of her voice. During the performance of her French repertoire, Dion mixes her vocal lines with a lot of modulations and nuances. Celine Dion’s singing voice has an emotional intensity that is intimate and tender. Luc Plamondon who composed some of her songs stated the composition of 3 singers as the Québécoise, the English and the French.
Even at the start of her career, she has been recognized for her vocal restraints. Her singing performance closely resembles that of her contemporaries like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. However, in spite of her perfect singing voice, she received some criticisms for lack of intensity in feeling with regard to her previous songs and singing too much in improper venues.
It’s no doubt that Celine Dion’s singing voice is recognized as one of its kind in the music industry. Her style of being uniquely clear and the pure music tone that she amazingly reflects in her songs is highly recognized in the list of pop music legends. In fact, some music experts have revealed that her tone is adaptable to a kind of angelic, warm and tender sound just like her duet w/ Barbra Streisand not so long ago.
Of course, everyone knows that Celine Dion’s singing voice is incredible and it has power which is polished with skill, grace and amazing force. As compared to powerhouse divas like Christina Aguilera who seem to sing high notes in an over-emphasized manner, Celine is able to soar up in a majestic way through her vocals. This allows the power and depth of her sound to develop and build her unique voice such as when she sang the famous song entitled “Think Twice” or “All by Myself.”
One great thing with Celine is that she can also sing from the most daring melodies, and she can perform with impressive range such as her performance in “The First Time I ever saw your Face.” In her rendition of this song, she emerges as a traditional singer who is able to display a pristine and unique tone just like what she did in “O Holy Night.”
You’ll observe that Celine Dion’s singing voice is absolutely unique in that she’s not using too much vibrato. Despite this, however, she’s still able to polish her songs superbly. During interviews, you’ll notice that she can be very talkative and emotional, but what she says is all coming from her heart. This is what everybody loves in her as being honest and hard-working; a kind of role model who expresses everything from her soul without any doubt.
Celine Dion’s Vocal Range
The vocal range of Celine Don is Bb2 – C6 – E6 with the most extended note of 15 seconds duration. Her vocal type is Lyric Soprano with three octaves and three notes.
Celine Dion’s Live Vocal Range: B2-Eb6/E6 (3.4 Octaves)
She can hold her resonant belts for a long time regardless of scarcest faltering in pitch. In this register, her sharpness of voice allows her to penetrate through the high notes effortlessly. Her voice could be ventured in every register and kept up her vocal fullness in every octave.
All lower notes produced by Celine Don are for the most part bolstered up to D3. Her middle range often conveys a scratch with it, yet it is delicate and makes melodious lines easily. The transitions in her middle range propagate to belting register effortlessly. A sort of operatic ring is carried throughout her main or head voice.
One of the procured tastes in her voice is the nasal quality. This quality is not considered a loose technique as many other singers also do the same putting voice in the nasal cavity, especially in Quebec. Celina keeps her larynx neutral while hitting the lower portions of the range. In doing so when she has to hit the Eb5 or above Eb5 region belts, she raises her larynx. This rise gives a coarse and throaty quality to her voice. From A5 to C6 she blends unevenly, due to which the belts become heady and thin. However, still, it is impressive that she can blend even at that high. But the notes beneath D3 turn out to be exceptionally hoarse, while inflection and register changes overall are not consistent.