Celine Dion’s first studio album since 1997’s multiplatinum Let’s Talk About Love will finally hit stores on March 26. A New Day Has Come, which will mark the end of the pop singer’s two-year hiatus, will feature 16 songs, including covers of Etta James’ “At Last” and Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy,” according to Epic Records.
The album’s title track will be the first single and will arrive at radio stations this week. On April 7, Dion will perform that song and others on a one-hour CBS special, also titled “A New Day Has Come” (MTV’s parent company, Viacom, also owns CBS).
A New Day Has Come features songs written and produced by many of Dion’s longtime collaborators, including Shania Twain producer/husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange (“Goodbye’s [The Saddest Word]”) and Walter Afanasieff (the Corey Hart-penned “Prayer”).
Dion left the music industry two years ago to start a family with her manager/husband, Rene Angelil. She gave birth last January and then in May announced she would end her hiatus in 2003 with a three-year residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
“The last two years have been among the best of my life, as my husband and I have started a family and enjoyed our time together,” Dion said in a statement. “This has made going back into the studio a vehicle to express my growth both personally and artistically.”