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Shania Twain Biography,Career,Awards,Songs and Personal Life

About Shania Twain

Shania Twain, OC born Eilleen Regina Edwards,is a Canadian singer, songwriter and producer. Twain has sold over 85 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in the history of country music and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the “Queen of Country Pop”. Twain was born in Windsor, Ontario on August 28, 1965, to her parents Sharon and Clarence Edwards. Her parents divorced when she was two and her mother then moved to Timmins, Ontario with Eilleen and her sisters Jill and Carrie Ann. Sharon married Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa from the nearby Mattagami First Nation, and they had a son together, Mark. Jerry adopted the girls, legally changing their last name to Twain.

When Mark was still a toddler, the Twains adopted Jerry’s baby nephew, Darryl, after Darryl’s mother died. Because of her connection to her adoptive father, in the past it has been reported that Twain’s ancestry was Ojibwe, but she stated in an interview that her biological father was part Cree, a claim that her biological father’s family denies. She also has Irish, French, and English ancestry. Through a maternal great-grandmother, she is a descendant of Zacharie Cloutier. Her maternal grandmother, Eileen Pearce, emigrated from Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.  Twain had a difficult childhood in Timmins. Her parents earned little money and food was often scarce in their household. She did not confide her situation to school authorities, fearing they might break up the family. In the remote, rugged community, she learned to hunt and to chop wood. Sharon and Jerry’s marriage was at times stormy, and from a young age, Twain witnessed violence between them. Sharon struggled with bouts of depression. In the summer of 1979, while Jerry was at work, at Twain’s insistence, her mother drove the rest of the family 680 kilometres (420 mi) south to a Toronto homeless shelter for assistance. Sharon returned to Jerry with the children in 1981. In Timmins, Twain started singing at bars at the age of eight to try to help pay her family’s bills; she often earned 20 dollars between midnight and one in the morning performing for remaining customers after the bar had finished serving.

Although she expressed a dislike for singing in those bars, Twain believes that this was her own kind of performing arts school on the road. She has said of the ordeal, “My deepest passion was music and it helped. There were moments when I thought, ‘I hate this.’ I hated going into bars and being with drunks. But I loved the music and so I survived”. She wrote her first songs at the age of 10, Is Love a Rose and Just Like the Storybooks which were fairy tales in rhyme. She states that the art of creating, of actually writing songs, “was very different from performing them and became progressively important”. At the age of 13, Twain was invited to perform on CBC television’s the Tommy Hunter Show. While attending Timmins High and Vocational School in Timmins, she was also the singer for a local band called “Longshot” which covered Top 40 music.

In the early 1980s, Twain spent some time working with her father’s reforestation business in northern Ontario, a business that employed some 75 Ojibwe and Cree workers. Although the work was demanding and the pay low, Twain said, “I loved the feeling of being stranded. I’m not afraid of being in my own environment, being physical, working hard. I was very strong, I walked miles and miles every day and carried heavy loads of trees. You can’t shampoo, use soap or deodorant, or makeup, nothing with any scent; you have to bathe and rinse your clothes in the lake. It was a very rugged existence, but I was very creative and I would sit alone in the forest with my dog and a guitar and would just write songs”.

Upon graduating from Timmins High in June 1983, Twain was eager to expand her musical horizons. After the demise of the band Longshot, Twain was approached by a cover band led by Diane Chase called “Flirt” and they toured all over Ontario. Twain also began taking singing lessons from Toronto-based coach Ian Garrett and would often clean his house in payment for her lessons. In the autumn of 1984, Twain’s talents were noticed by Toronto DJ Stan Campbell who wrote about her in a Country Music News article: “Eilleen possesses a powerful voice with an impressive range. She has the necessary drive, ambition and positive attitude to achieve her goals”. Campbell happened to be making an album by Canadian musician (and present-day CKTB radio personality) Tim Denis at the time and Twain was featured on the backing vocals of the song Heavy on the Sunshine.

Later Twain accompanied by Campbell went to Nashville to record some demos, which Twain found particularly difficult to finance. She became acquainted with regional country singer Mary Bailey who had had some country chart success in 1976. Bailey had seen Twain perform in Sudbury, Ontario, saying “I saw this little girl up on stage with a guitar and it absolutely blew me away. She performed Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. Her voice reminded me of Tanya Tucker, it had strength and character, a lot of feeling. She’s a star, she deserves an opportunity”. Bailey later said “She sang a few songs that she had written, and I thought to myself, this kid is like nineteen years old, where does she get this? This is from a person who’s lived sixty years”.

Twain’s subsequent album, Come On Over of 1997, another co-production with Lange, further fused country and pop. It also had more chart-topping songs, including pumped-up anthems such as “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” as well as romantic ballads such as “You’re Still the One” and “From This Moment On.” In the year 1999, “You’re Still The One” earned Twain two Grammys, one for Best Country Song and another for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. The song also reached No. 1 on Billboard’s country charts. The next year, Twain took home another two Grammys when “Come On Over” was named Best Country Song and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” won for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

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Shania Twain Photo

Come On Over reigned at No. 1 on the country charts for a combined 50 weeks. The album also became, and remains, the bestselling country album of all time—reaching 40 million in worldwide sales—as well as the top-selling album by a solo female artist. With the success of Come On Over, followed by a popular tour, Twain became an international star. Twain’s Up! was released in 2002. There were three versions of the album: a pop red version, a country green disc and a blue version that had an international, Bollywood-influenced flavor. The red and green combination reached No. 1 on Billboard’s country and Top 200 charts (the rest of the world got the red-blue pairing, which was also a success). However, sales dipped compared to Twain’s previous monster hits, with 5.5 million copies sold in the United States. By the yeah 2004, Shania Twain had recorded enough material for her first compilation of greatest hits. It was released in the fall of that year, the album would top and the charts and eventually go quadruple platinum.

In the year 2004, she released the Greatest Hits album, with three new tracks and as of 2012, it had sold over 4.15 million copies in the U.S. The first single, the multi-format duet “Party for Two”, made the country top ten with Billy Currington, while the pop version with Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath made top ten in the United Kingdom and Germany. The follow-up singles, “Don’t!” and “I Ain’t No Quitter” did not fare as well. The former made Top 20 on Adult Contemporary, while the latter did not gain enough airplay to crack the Country Top 40. In August 2005, she released the single “Shoes” from the Desperate Housewives soundtrack. In 2008, Twain and Anne Murray recorded a duet version of Murray’s hit “You Needed Me” for her 2007 album, Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends. Twain released a letter to her fans explaining the delays in the release of her next album in June 2009. In August 2009, at a conference in Timmins, Ontario, a spokesman for Twain’s label said a new record from the singer is still “nowhere in sight”.

Shania Twain TV Career

Twain’s mainstream pop acceptance was further helped by her appearance in the 1998 first edition of the VH1 Divas concert where she sang alongside Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Carole King and Aretha Franklin, and also by VH1’s 1999 heavily aired Behind the Music, which concentrated on the tragic aspects of her early life as well as her physical attractiveness and Nashville’s early resistance to her bare-midriff music videos. After Divas, Shania Twain wrote and/or sang background vocals with her then husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange the songs, “If Walls Could Talk” and “Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word)” for Celine Dion.

On November 12, 2008, Twain made her first television appearance since her split from ex-husband Robert “Mutt” Lange, where she appeared as a surprise presenter at the 42nd CMA Awards. On August 17, 2009, Entertainment Weekly announced that Twain would be a guest judge on American Idol in Chicago, for the show’s August 30 and 31 episodes. In April the year 2010, Twain announced plans for her own TV show, titled Why Not? with Shania Twain. The show debuted on May 8, 2011 on OWN. Twain returned to American Idol as a guest mentor for a week where the top 6 contestants showcased her songs. After the conclusion of the ninth season Twain was very close to becoming a judge but ultimately it was Jennifer Lopez who got the job.

Shania Twain Personal life

Twain met producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange after he heard her original songs and singing from her debut album; he then offered to produce and write songs with her. They first met at Nashville’s Fan Fair in June 1993 and quickly became close. They were married on December 28, 1993 and Twain gave birth to their son Eja (pronounced Asia) in August 2001. On May 15, 2008, a spokesperson for Mercury Nashville announced that Twain and Lange were separating after Lange allegedly had an affair with Twain’s best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. Their divorce was finalized on June 9, 2010. On December 20, 2010, Twain’s manager said that Twain was engaged to Frédéric Thiébaud (the Swiss former husband of her former best friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud), an executive at Nestlé. They married on January 1, 2011 in Rincón, Puerto Rico.

In the 2009, Twain was reported as having the Perfect Face. The BBC reported on a study, led by the University of Toronto and the University of California, San Diego, which appeared in the journal Vision Research. It was confirmed in September 2010, that Twain was to release her autobiography, From This Moment On, on May 3, 2011, and the cover work for the book was released on March 2, 2011. Twain is a vegetarian and is also a devotee of Sant Mat, an Eastern spiritual philosophy which calls for daily meditation as well as abstinence from alcohol, drugs and premarital sex.

Shania Twain Awards and honours

In addition to her various awards for her singles and albums, Twain has received a number of personal honours:

  1. She was named the 1999 Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association; Twain was the first non-US citizen to win the CMA award.
  2. Twain was ranked No.7 in Country Music Television’s 40 Greatest Women of Country Music in 2002.
  3. In 2003, Twain was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
  4. The city of Timmins Ontario, renamed a street for her, gave her the key to the city, and built the Shania Twain Centre in her honour.
  5. On November 18, 2005, Twain was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada.
  6. Twain was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards on March 27, 2011.
  7. On June 2, 2011, Twain received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is the 2,442nd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording.
  8. In 2016, Twain was declared the “Artist of a Lifetime” by CMT and was given a special award during the 2016 Artist’s of the Year ceremony.
  9. In January 2017, it was announced that Twain will have her own exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame titled Shania Twain: Rock This Country, which will open on June 26 and run through 2018.

Shania Twain Tours and residency shows

  • Triple Play Tour (1993; with John Brannen and Toby Keith)
  • Come On Over Tour (1998–99)
  • Up! Tour (2003–04)
  • Shania: Still the One (2012–14)
  • Rock This Country Tour (2015)

Shania Twain Songs

  1. Forever And For Always
  2. I’m Gonna Getcha Good!
  3. Up!
  4. Come On Over
  5. Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
  6. That Don’t Impress Me Much
  7. From This Moment On
  8. Honey, I’m Home
  9. You’re Still The One
  10. Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
  11. Love Gets Me Every Time
  12. No One Needs To Know
  13. You Win My Love
  14. I’m Outta Here! (If You’re Not In It For Love)
  15. Woman In Me, The (Needs The Man In You)
  16. Any Man Of Mine
  17. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  18. Party For Two – (previously unreleased, featuring Mark McGrath)
  19. Don’t! – (previously unreleased)
  20. Party For Two – (previously unreleased, with Billy Currington
  21. I Ain’t No Quitter – (previously unreleased)
  22. I’m Gonna Getcha Good!
  23. Juanita
  24. Ain’t No Particular Way
  25. It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing
  26. Nah!
  27. That Good!, (Wanna Get To Know You)
  28. C’est La Vie
  29. I’m Jealous
  30. Ka-Ching!
  31. Thank You Baby! (For Makin’ Someday Come So Soon)
  32. Waiter! Bring Me Water!

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