Dee Snider Explains Why He Calls Celine Dion ‘Saint’

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Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider recently shared a couple of tweets to answer his fans’ questions and told the story of how he wrote his Christmas song that was featured in one of Celine Dion’s albums. Also, Snider revealed why he and his wife Suzette started calling Celine Dion ‘saint’ in their house.

Celine Dion released her first English-language Christmas album named ‘These Are Special Times’ on October 30, 1998. Dion collaborated with the songwriters Johannes Brahms, Maria Christensen, Curtis Frasca, and Diane Warren, and the album received very positive reviews from fans and music critics, hit the charts, and sold millions. In fact, it was defined as one of the best Christmas albums of all time.

In addition to these musicians, surprisingly, Dee Snider’s song ‘The Magic of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone),’ which he had written for his wife as a Christmas gift, also became one of the album’s tracks after Dion listened to it. Snider highlighted that Dion didn’t actually know who wrote the song because he wanted to remain anonymous. After his fans found it bizarre, he stated that the songwriters aren’t generally famous musicians, so it’s a very common situation.

The Twister Sister lead singer wanted to draw attention to the album’s worldwide success and popularity, saying that it became a best-seller album, and that’s why they started to call Celine Dion’ saint.’ Snider added that he recorded the original version with Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale and the reason behind this collaboration was the song being out of Snider’s vocal range. Snider’s fans described this story as funny and strange at the post’s comment section.

Snider’s tweet read:

“So Suzette and I are sitting in an airport waiting for our flight home and Celine Dion’s ‘The Magic of Christmas (God Bless Us Everyone)’ starts playing over the sound system, and I think, ‘How crazy. I wrote this for her as a Xmas gift never imagined releasing it.'”

Here’s what a fan asked:

“Wait… you wrote that? I am dumbfounded.”

Dee Snider responded:

“Yes. As a Christmas gift for my wife many years ago. Celine Dion heard it and recorded it. ‘These Are Special Times’ is the biggest selling holiday record in history. That’s why we call her Saint Celine in my house!”

A user’s tweet read:

“That’s pretty dope in my opinion.”

To which Dee responded:

“And bizarre. When they told me Celine Dion wanted to record my song, I asked if she knew I wrote it. They told me, no and I said, ‘Do not tell her Satan wrote her Christmas song! Just put it on the damn record!'”

Another fan shared their ideas, saying:

“I find this quite lame, actually. If an artist likes it well enough to re-record and sing it themselves, you would think they’d at very least want to know who wrote it. Bizarre.”

Dee Snider’s tweet read as follows:

“Understand one thing: I did not record the original. I hired a female session singer. The song is out of my range which is why I brought Lzzy Hale to sing it with me on our duet. Pro songwriters are rarely artists and are faceless. Singers hear dozens and dozens to choose from.”

You can check out the tweets and song below.