Although it is perhaps one of the biggest hits of the 20th century, “My Heart Will Go On” never would have been recorded by Celine Dion if it wasn’t for her late husband’s insistence. Because the 51-year-old Canadian superstar diva appeared on What Happens Live on Monday to discuss various aspects of her life, the topic of conversation inevitably turned to her big hit My Heart Will Go On, which was when she dropped the bomb.
Although Celine Dion did not want to record the hit song for Titanic, her then-manager and husband, Rene Angelil convinced her to take on the project and do it for the blockbuster film. It was a decision that netted her untold wealth and fame over the years.
While speaking with gossip host Andy Cohen, 51, Dion admitted she is now “glad they didn’t listen to me” about how much she disliked the song. Because Cohen is a bloodhound for gossip and juicy stories, he asked Dion to reveal more about how she never wanted to record the hit song for Titanic and how she ended up doing it anyway.
“It didn’t appeal to me. I was probably very tired that day — very tired. My husband said, ‘Let’s hold on.’ He talked to the writer, and he said, ‘Let’s try to make it, like, a little demo.’”
Dion also admitted that she sang the song in one take. And after just a few minutes of work, she’d produced a hit song that went on to sell 18 million physical copies as a single. The song was written by James Horner. Unfortunately, he passed away in an airplane crash back in 2015 at the age of 61.
Celine said, “I sang the song once, and they built the orchestra around it. I never re-sang it for the recording. So the demo is the actual recording. But after that, I’ve sung it about three gazillion times.”
The tune won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Song and dominated the 1999 Grammy Awards, winning Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. If people had listened to Celine Dion about that song, none of that would have happened. It’s a miracle really that her husband was able to push her to record the song and turn it into the megahit that it eventually became.
You definitely want to watch this interview with Andy Cohen. He pulls a lot of information from the Canadian pop singer, and you’ll learn a lot about her through just 150 seconds of content. Here’s what people wrote on YouTube:
“OMG her demo became the final version?! Talk about a great vocalist…”
“Every time she says the demo for MHWGO is what’s on the soundtrack, I wanna punch a wall. WHO SINGS LIKE THAT ON THE FLY?!”
“Celine is CLASS, and a legendary talented vocalist who leaves me in complete awe with many of her live performances, especially with The Power of Love.”
What do you think about this revelation about the hit song?
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