In a Facebook live event Thursday, Céline Dion treated her fans to a little holiday treat, saying “you’re the best fans in the world, this is my Christmas gift in advance for you.”
The 48-year-old went on to cover one of her all-time favourite holiday songs: Sara Bareilles’s Winter Song. You can see the video above.
“As you know, this past year was filled with bittersweet moments for me, as it has been for others I’m pretty sure,” the star said referring to the death of her husband René Angélil. Angélil died Jan. 14 of throat cancer in Las Vegas at the age of 73.
Before she broke out into tune, the busy mother also gave an update on her forthcoming album. “I just started working on my upcoming English album and we’re choosing songs and trying new stuff, playing around and it’s so much fun.”
“It was difficult, at first, for me to go into the studio and touch [those] sensitive passages,” she said at a concert in July.
The “sensitive passages” she refers to are the songs that touch on her mourning of Angélil, and the lyrics are reflective of that.
“René always insisted the show must go on,” she said to People magazine. “You know what, I’m 48 years old and I lost the love of my life. I miss him a lot from when he was great, but not when he was suffering. I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace.”
Angélil was Dion’s manager, mentor and singing coach since she was a teenager. The couple had three children together — René-Charles, 14, and five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.
With files from Global News’ Chris Jancelewicz