Celine's Dion camp has issued a lengthy statement refuting an Australian singer's accusation that she failed to credit him properly when talking about recording one of his songs.
The singer, Daniel Merriwether, wrote the title track of Celine Dion's upcoming album Water and a Flame, and he recently posted a rant on Facebook complaining that when Celine appeared on Katie Couric's show recently and talked about the song, she didn't give him any credit for being its writer. In fact, he accuses her of claiming she wrote the track herself.
Merriwether wrote, "It is astounding that Celine Dion tries to pass off lyrics that I wrote as her own...Now, if i had written the song for her, it wouldn't bother me so much, but 'Water and a Flame' is a very personal song...this song has every ounce of my heart ache and pain in it and she pretends as if she wrote it herself."
But in the statement, Celine's people point out -- correctly -- that in fact, the singer never claimed during the Katie segment that she wrote the tune. She does quote the songs' lyrics, but only in the context of having sung them, not written them.
"Daniel Merriweather’s comments originated from Celine's one appearance on Katie Couric a few months ago when she played a portion of 'Water and a Flame' during an in-studio interview," reads the statement. After discussing how much she loves Adele, the statement says, "Celine continues by talking about 'Water and a Flame'....about how much she loves it....and how it's a bit different from what she's used to singing. She doesn't mention anything about who wrote the song."
"While we can understand Daniel's disappointment by not having his name mentioned during Katie Couric’s interview, it's rather unfair to Celine to be on the receiving end of the many disparaging comments that have now become public," the statement continues.
"Throughout Celine’s 32-year career...She has been very vocal about the fact that she does not write her own songs...and that she is fortunate to have wonderful and talented writers to provide these gifts to her. For her to be accused of 'stealing' a song is not only grossly inaccurate, but also very hurtful."
The statement concludes, "She loves Daniel Merriweather's...song so much, and would never want to do any harm to" Daniel or his co-writer Eg White "...nor take away anything from them....in fact, the opposite would be true."
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