“Beautiful Boy” is Celine’s first single

The cover of John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” will be the single from Celine Dion‘s upcoming Epic album, “Miracle,” produced by David Foster, a collaboration with famed child photographer Ann Geddes. Due Oct. 12, the disc will be packaged with a 180-page coffee table book, as a boxed set and as a single CD.

Dion will publicize the project with appearances on “Oprah,” “Regis & Kelly,” “The View” and “Access Hollywood.”

Celine’s “Miracle” to be released October 12

Celine Dion and acclaimed Australian photographer Anne Geddes have teamed for the music/photo book project “Miracle.” The release, which honors “the unique and steadfast bond between mother and child,” will arrive Oct. 12 via Epic and Andrews McMeel Publishing and is produced by David Foster.

“Miracle” will be available as a book/CD/DVD as well as a stand-alone audio disc. The set sports several new Dion tracks, including the title cut, “Sleep Tight,” “My Precious One,” “A Mother’s Prayer,” “Baby Close Your Eyes” and “Come to Me.” Also included are such previously released songs as “In Some Small Way,” “Brahms’ Lullaby” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”
Beyond the CD and song lyrics, “Miracle” will include a behind-the-scenes DVD with a music video for the title song.

Celine and Josh for upcoming One Night at Lite concert.

From BillBoard.com:

New York adult contemporary station WLTW (Lite FM) has scored Celine Dion as the headliner for its upcoming One Night at Lite concert. It is the singer’s only scheduled U.S. performance outside of her current three-year run at Casear’s Palace in Las Vegas, which just reached its halfway point.

Joining Dion for the Oct 15 event at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, are AC staples Josh Groban, Martina McBride and Five For Fighting. WLTW will offer a limited number of tickets for Lite-FM Listener Club members in an Internet pre-sale beginning Sept. 15. Tickets to the general public go on sale Sept. 20.

Proceeds will benefit the Celine Dion Foundation, which offers funding to various charities across North America, including Cystic Fibrosis.

Groban Eyeing Next ‘Great’ Performance

From BillBoard.com:

Vocalist Josh Groban‘s rapidly developing career received a major boost with his first “Great Performances” PBS program, 2002’s “Josh Groban in Concert.” For December’s pledge season, “Great Performances” will air another Groban special.

“We’re taping it at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre,” confirms David Horn, the program’s producer, who is based at WNET/Channel 13 in New York. “Now that Josh is one of the [genre’s] premier recording and touring artists, we are tracing his artistic development and maturity. Some of the repertoire comes from the new album ‘Closer,’ but he also reaches into the classical world and the classic pop realm.”

According to Groban’s manager, Brian Avnet, the singer’s reach is increasingly broad. Groban just concluded a major U.S. summer tour and is gearing up for his first European tour (set for November and December), and he is also branching out into acting.

“He got his start on [the TV show] ‘Ally McBeal,'” Avnet notes, “so moving toward film is a natural step. He’s up for a couple of roles right now.”

“Closer” reached No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in January and has sold 3.78 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.