Celine Dion set for Jamaica Jazz 2012

Celine Dion set for Jamaica Jazz 2012

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Topics: Music, Parties & Festivals

The incomparable voice of five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion will grace the Greenfield (Trelawny Multi-Purpose) Stadium at the 2012 staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which will take place from January 26 to 28. Considered somewhat of a “holy grail” through the years for the Festival organisers, the Canadian songstress’ upcoming appearance represents a major coup and affirms the continued cachet and power of the event to attract international megastars.

Celine Dion

Walter Elmore, executive producer of the Festival and chairman of Art of Music Productions (AMP), formerly TurnKey Productions, was understandably effusive as he made the announcement at a press briefing held at Iberostar in Montego Bay on Wednesday, November 9.

“It has been a dream of mine, since I started the festival 17 years ago, to be able to bring an act to the country that I never thought that I could bring. Someone who is dearly loved by every Jamaican, loved the world over and has sold over 200 million albums. Someone I feel, that when you see the performance, it will be etched in your memories forever. It gives me great pleasure, and I am humbled to announce Celine Dion for the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival,” said Elmore.

Accustomed to filling huge venues as a solo performer, Celine Dion will share the stage with Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland, Jamaican-Canadian R&B singer–songwriter Jully Black, soca siren Destra Garcia, Dennis Edwards & The Temptations Review and jazz chanteuse Nicole Henry.

Kelly Rowland - initially billed for the Festival but will not be attending.


Jully Black

The opening night of the Festival will be a tribute to the history of Jamaican music as part of Jamaica’s 50th independence celebration, and will feature a line-up including Shaggy, Yellow Man, Half Pint, Marcia Griffiths, Toots Hibbert and John Holt. Celine Dion will be performing on January 27, while Kelly Rowland and Destra Garcia will hit the stage on January 28.

Over 380 artists have graced the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival since its inception. Some of the top international acts featured at the event include Kenny Rogers, Air Supply, Hall & Oates, Chicago, Lionel Ritchie, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, Billy Ocean, Third World, Monty Alexander, Natalie Cole, Regina Belle, SWV, Babyface, Joss Stone, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys and John Legend. This year’s staging is expected to cost somewhere in the region of US$3 million.

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