Celine Dion’s first English language album in six years won’t be out until the fall, but she’s already given away a few surprises.
Dion was originally supposed to release her new album, Water And A Flame, last year, but pushed back the release to October 2013 simply because it wasn’t “100 percent ready.” The extra time gave her a chance to add previously unreleased songs and covers that she’s now performing during her recent Vegas run, including Billy Joel’s “Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)” and Journey’s “Open Arms” (the show’s opener).
“We do a lot of songs in the show that I’ve never recorded before, and people are always asking for these when they visit our [merch] Boutique, so it’s great that we’ll finally have these recorded.” Dion said in a statement.
This is the second time Ne-Yo has worked with Dion – he co-wrote and co-produced “I Got Nothin’ Left” on Taking Chances – but the first time he has gotten a chance to sing with her.
“It’s her and me on one song, which was a challenge to say the least!” Ne-Yo told Digital Spy. “I was trying to figure what I was even doing there – why would they need my voice when they have hers?”
Her new LP also has her working with Babyface, who produced her cover of Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen,” along with a few of Adele’s key guys: Frasier T Smith, who produced “Set Fire To The Rain,” and Eg White, who co-wrote and produced “Chasing Pavements” off her debut album, 19.
No word yet if Dion will include a cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” which she has been known to do live.
Though the majority of the album is in English, the singer revisits her French roots for a cover of Jacques Brel’s “Ne Me Quitte Pas.”
Fans will also get a chance to hear “Unfinished Songs,” a song Diane Warren wrote for the British movie Song For Marion.
Warren has been working with Dion for two decades and has written over a dozen singles for her, including “Because You Loved Me.”