Céline Dion continues to be one of the world's top performers still having extended runs of her Las Vegas residency that began in 2003. She began her career in 1981 in Québec, Canada, and broke out into the English speaking world in 1990. Over the course of a decade, she became one of the most successful female artists of all time with powerhouse pipes and a quirky personality made for show business. After reaching the initial peak of her career with 1997's "My Heart Will Go On," the love theme from "Titanic," and illness suffered by her husband, she decided she would take a break in 2000. She performed in Montréal, QC on New Year's Eve, singing her biggest hits from both her French and English albums for the millennium concert broadcast.
Fast forward two years later to 2002, Dion had her first child, René-Charles, and was ready to come back into the spotlight once more. Energized and full of life and love, Dion recorded A New Day Has Come, her seventh English-language album. The set was fresh for Dion who was widely known for her balladry and mid-tempo contemporary hits, incorporating a more daring range of pop.
Céline Dion returned with more modern tracks such as "Ten Days," an adaptation of Gérald de Palmas' "Tomber," "When the Wrong One Loves You Right," the dance tinged "Sorry for Love" and second single "I'm Alive," a track remixed for radio and the film "Stuart Little 2." Two versions of the title track are found on the album with the radio remix breaking and setting records.
"A New Day Has Come" was the lead single from the album and went on to spend 21 weeks on both the Hot AC Tracks airplay chart as well as the overall AC chart (Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" and Adele's "Hello" would later tie the record on the AC chart). The impact the song had on radio helped the album debut at No. 1 on the Top 200 albums chart, her first to open at the top and fourth No. 1 overall.
Aside the evolving pop, Dion didn't stray too far from her signature style as heard in the power ballad "I Surrender" or "Aún Existe Amor," a Spanish adaptation of Dion's own 1991 French hit "L'amour existe encore" ("Love Still Exists"). "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" was a tribute to her mother who wrote Dion's first song. Taking on the classics, Dion recorded a cover of "At Last" originally recorded by Glenn Miller in 1941 and "Nature Boy," a song made popular by Nat King Cole in 1947.
Several editions were released of A New Day Has Come. Australia received the bonus track "Super Love" (now on Spotify), and a limited edition hit retailers later in 2002. The North American limited edition featured an extended version of "The Greatest Reward," also an adaptation of "L'envie d'aimer" ("The Need to Love") originally performed by Daniel Lévi in the French musical "Les Dix Commandements." A bonus DVD included the video for "I'm Alive" and a sneak peak into Dion's upcoming Vegas shows as well as bonus songs. "All Because of You" was added to the international single release of "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" and "Coulda Woulda Shoulda" later was released on 2003's One Heart.
Listen to Céline Dion's A New Day Has Come in its entirety below.