|Single by Celine Dion|
|from the album Let's Talk About Love|
|Released||8 December 1997|
|Recorded||1 August 1997 Air Studios|
|Length||5:01 (Album Version)
4:30 (Radio Edit)
|Writer(s)||Carole King, Mark Hudson, Greg Wells|
|Celine Dion singles chronology|
"The Reason" is a single from Celine Dion's album Let's Talk About Love. It was released on 8 December 1997 in selected European countries: United Kingdom, Ireland and Belgium. In France, it was issued as a double A-side single with "My Heart Will Go On."
The song peaked at number 11 in the United Kingdom and number 13 in Ireland.
The music video was directed by Scott Floyd Lochmus and released in December 1997. It was showing the recording of the song in the studio.
Dion performed "The Reason" during her Let's Talk About Love Tour, and as a duet with Carole King on VH1 Divas and at the 48° Festival di Sanremo on 1998 in Italy. On that occasion she performed also "My Heart Will Go On."
The recording of this song was included as a bonus on the Au cœur du stade DVD.
From 2011-2014, "The Reason" was included in the set list of Dion's current Las Vegas show, Celine.
The New York Observer editor Jonathan Bernstein reviewed: "It kicks off in time-honored fashion with a bombastic power ballad, “The Reason,” co-written by Carole King and produced by Sir George Martin. Thus, straight away, we find the inherent wrongheadedness of this record. Carole King hasn’t written a memorable song in many a year and-hello?-didn’t George Martin recently announce that he was quitting the producing racket because his hearing was going? The latter affliction was probably incurred by a silent prayer offered up during the recording of “The Reason” to be struck deaf."
French CD single
UK CD single and Europe CD single
UK CD maxi single #1, European CD maxi, South Africa CD maxi and French Vinyl 12"
UK CD maxi single #2
All-time charts (Top 200)
|United Kingdom||8 December 1997||
Carole King recorded also her own version of this song for her 2001 album Love Makes the World, this time with Dion on backing vocals. Rachel Tucker recorded a cover for her debut album also titled "The Reason" released in 2013.