John Farnham: Discover The Singer Who Stunned Celine Dion

Celine Dion, renowned for her powerful vocals and status as the ‘Queen of Power Ballads’, recently expressed profound admiration for Australian singer John Farnham. Farnham, whose career spans decades, initially gained fame as a teen pop idol before transitioning into adult contemporary music. 

His versatility led him to replace Glenn Shorrock as the lead singer of ‘Little River’ Band from 1982 to 1985, marking a pivotal moment in his musical journey. In 1986, Farnham achieved unparalleled success with his iconic song ‘You’re the Voice’, which not only topped Australian charts but also became a cultural anthem. 

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His album ‘Whispering Jack’ maintained the number-one spot on the Australian charts for an impressive 25 consecutive weeks, solidifying his status as a national treasure. Throughout his career, Farnham has garnered numerous accolades, including being named Australian of the Year and induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame. 

His personal life, marked by a long-standing marriage to Jillian Billman and raising two sons, has been accompanied by health challenges, including tinnitus, hearing loss, and a battle with cancer, which he successfully overcame in 2022 Celine Dion’s recent documentary, ‘I Am: Celine Dion’, delves into her life’s complexities, including personal tragedies and health struggles like stiff-person syndrome (SPS). 

During the documentary, Dion openly praised Farnham’s distinctive voice, appreciating its “hoarseness” and expressing a desire to incorporate more rock and roll elements into her own repertoire, inspired by Farnham’s style. In a touching moment captured on film, Dion is seen emotionally overwhelmed while discussing her admiration for Farnham’s music and their joint performance in 2018. 

She enthusiastically considers adding Farnham’s classic hit ‘You’re the Voice’ to her setlist for her upcoming ‘Asian Australian tour’, highlighting the profound impact Farnham’s music has had on her artistic sensibilities and personal journey.

-Sushmita Sarkar