“I knew she had it. I got tipped of to her by a friend of mine at CBC [Canadian Broadcast Corporation]. ‘You gotta hear this girl,’ he said. We flew up to Montreal, heard her, and I flipped. Completely flipped. I brought her to LA, worked on her first album and introduced her to some people.
“Strangely, I didn’t have a hit with her. The one hit on the album was the song Unison, and she’d already recorded it. So as good as I might have thought I was, I wasn’t able to deliver her a hit. But in the albums that followed, I was the lead hitmaker.
“Celine’s voice was the most spectacular thing I’d ever heard. I couldn’t believe she could do what she was doing. I was so blown away. When I met her, I told her that two things were going to happen to her: ‘One thing is, Barbra Streisand is going to know who you are. And two, you’re going to be known by your first name only.’ I told her that the day I met her.
“Still, it took a while. Even after Unison and Where Does My Heat Beat Now, people still didn’t know who she was.”