Celine Dion to headline Jamaica Jazz festival

11th Nov 2011

Multi-platinum, five-time Grammy award-winning singer Celine Dion is set to headline the 16th Annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Art of Music Festival.

The event will be held from January 26th–28th at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, located just east of the island’s tourist capital, Montego Bay. 

Dion joins an impressive list of international stars who have graced the Jamaican stage.

From humble beginnings in her Quebec hometown of Charlemagne, Celine Dion has risen to international fame earning music industry accolades from around the world: Grammy Awards in the US, Juno and Felix Awards in Canada, and World Music Awards in Europe.

In 2004, after surpassing 175 million in album sales worldwide, she was presented with the Chopard Diamond Award at the World Music Awards for becoming the best-selling female artist of all time.

Currently, it is estimated Dion has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.

Celine Dion first captured global attention with her collaboration with music artist Peabo Bryson on the title track to Disney’s animated film Beauty and the Beast in 1991.

She continued her rise to stardom with chart-topping songs including the number-one single Because You Loved Me, The Power of the Dream, and the ballad My Heart Will Go On, which served as the theme for the blockbuster movie Titanic.

“In securing one of the world’s leading superstars, Jamaica is encouraged at the prospects of attracting increased visitors as well as media attention for this year’s Festival,” said Jamaica’s director of tourism John Lynch.

“Celine Dion is loved around the world and Jamaica will make for the perfect backdrop for this stellar artist to deliver a memorable performance.

“Visitors to Jamaica will have an opportunity to not only experience a great artist in a great destination, but enjoy the diversity of our attractions and cuisine.”

According to festival organisers Art of Music Productions, the event is more than a music festival; it is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together thousands of people for a great Jamaican escape.

“It has been a dream for many years to be able to bring to our shores a performer that is truly, truly loved by almost every Jamaican and every visitor to the country.

“We are immensely honoured she has agreed to come to our island and perform at our festival.

“I am absolutely sure that everyone who attends will have the experience etched in their memories forever.

“Our reputation for putting on a world class production, I am sure, was a part of the process of her deciding to accept the offer,” noted Walter Elmore, chairman of Art of Music Productions.

For more information on tickets for this year’s Jamaica Jazz and Blues Art of Music Festival visit the official website.

The event is set to crown a fine year for Jamaica, with the island having been recognised as the Caribbean’s Leading Destination by the prestigious World Travel Awards in October.


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