Céline sweet on Jamaica

Céline sweet on Jamaica

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Topics: Music, Parties & Festivals

After two years of trying to perfectly align all the essential elements and variables, the Walter Elmore-helmed Art of Music Productions (AMP) finally realised the dream of Canadian superstar Céline Dion performing on Jamaican soil at the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which was held on January 28 at the Greenfield (Trelawny Multi-purpose) Stadium.

She delivered one of the most memorable performances in the history of the festival, and judging from her pronouncements on stage and at special post-show press conference, the multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal powerhouse appears to have been equally enamoured with the crowd as it was with her.

“Honestly, I can’t believe we’re really here in your beautiful country, the home of the great Bob Marley, the birth place of reggae, the best place on the planet…to get an amazing plate of jerk chicken!” she told the estimated crowd of over 20,000 people, the largest ever for a night at the festival.

“We are so excited to be here with all of you…the beautiful weather, the fabulous people, the ocean, the food…It took us a few years to get here but we finally made it, and tonight we’re going to make up for all that lost time,” she declared.

Celine DIon

Celine Dion at the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

Celine Dion

Celine Dion makes up for lost time in Jamaica on January 28 at the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

For over an hour she had the crowd entranced with hits from her impressive catalogue, and the press conference afterwards, she would reveal that the decision to come to Jamaica was an easy one for her despite the scheduling challenges with her residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

“I am not in Las Vegas right now. I was in Florida, because I just finished a month of shows and I have three weeks off and I’m recording my album, so I took a day from my days off to come and sing here. Vegas is like on hold now. I’m starting to record my new songs and I found a little availability in my schedule to come. I mean, I waited so long, I can’t just postpone and push and say I can’t…you have to find the time and I’m so glad we did. Thank you for all the people here tonight, really…”

She had kind words for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues audience, who were not the typical “listeners” that the singer often encounters during her performances around the world.

“You try to warm up the people and hopefully ’round the end of the show you got them (blows raspberry)…I didn’t have to warm up the people tonight, they’re hot!”

Celine Dion

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