Shania Twain, born on August 28, 1965, is a Canadian singer and songwriter known as the “Queen of Country Pop” and she is the only singer to make three certified diamond albums in a row. She has sold over 100 million records. During her career, Twain has received several awards for her music, including Grammys, World Music Awards, and B.M.I. Songwriter Awards. She was also featured on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Let’s celebrate her birthday today.
Eileen Regina Edwards, better known as Shania Twain, was born on August 28, 1965, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her parents divorced when she was barely five. Twain’s mother, Sharon, remarried a man named Jerry Twain, who decided to adopt Sharon’s three daughters. Twain’s family often struggled financially. The situation was so bad at times that they barely had a proper meal. Understandably, the situation took a toll on Twain’s adoptive father, who expressed his anger in the form of shouting and general irritation towards his wife. During this tough time, music was the only thing that kept Twain going. And because of her constant practice, she could already write music when she turned 10. She even used her talent to earn money for her family. Unfortunately, the situation got even worse. In 1987, Twain’s parents died in a fatal car crash, leaving her to support her three younger siblings. However, Twain didn’t lose hope. She continued to write songs and perform in clubs.
Twain began performing in several clubs over the next few years, and people started noticing her. However, it wasn’t until her demo track reached a studio in Nashville that Twain’s life got better. The studio offered a contract on the spot, and the producer took her to Nashville to record her first album. Twain published her self-titled album in 1992. It sold 100,000 copies, gaining the attention of Robert “Mutt” Lange, who worked as a producer for Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, and Michael Bolton. Lange reached out to Twain, sparks flew, and they got married in 1993. He also helped her navigate the music industry. Two years later, Twain released her second album, “The Woman in Me,” which won her a Grammy. Twain’s popularity soared, but she wasn’t done. In 1997, she released her third album, “Come On Over,” which sold over 100 million copies, making her the best-selling female country musician of all time.
Unfortunately, soon after the release of her third album, Twain was diagnosed with Lyme disease and dysphonia, causing her to take an extended leave from music. However, she didn’t disappear entirely. Twain appeared as herself in her series “Why Not? With Shania Twain” and published her autobiography “From This Moment On” in 2011. She was later inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Twain publishes her self-titled album, which sells over 100,000 copies.
Twain wins a Grammy for her album “The Woman in Me.”
With her album “Come On Over” selling over 100 million copies, Twain becomes the best-selling female country musician of all time.
Twain gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Why We Love Shania Twain
She turns her stories into songs
Something that makes Twain’s music appealing is her ability to tell a story to her listeners. Her first song tells the story of her mother’s sadness and constant isolation through simple but haunting lyrics.
Twain has stood tall in the face of tragedy, adversity, poverty, and divorce. She never lost hope, and that makes her unique.
She speaks for women
Twain used her platform and talent to encourage women. Her song, ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ empowered women and told them to have fun without worrying about being judged.
5 Surprising Facts
Her label sparked her name change
As Twain was beginning her career, her label thought that the name Eileen Twain didn’t sound attractive enough, so she changed her name to Shania.
Her songs have been used in space
Twain’s song ‘Up!’ was used to wake up astronauts during space missions.
Sean Penn helped launch her career
When Twain was working hard to make a name, Penn helped her financially and even offered to direct one of her music videos.
Her first song was about her mother
Twain’s first song, ‘Mama Won’t You Come Out to Play,’ was about her mother being sad.
She wanted to be a rockstar
Even though she’s one of the greatest country musicians of all time, Twain admitted she initially wanted to be a rock singer.
Shania Twain FAQs
How big is Shania Twain’s ranch?
Her ranch has 61,000 acres of land.
Where is Shania Twain’s house in the Bahamas?
She has a luxurious estate in an exclusive Old Fort Bay gated community in West Nassau.
Does Shania Twain speak French?
Yes, she claimed that she spoke French in an “Us Weekly” interview.
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