Singers » Country Singers » SHANIA TWAIN
|Full name||: Shania Twain|
|Alias||: Shania Twain|
|Animals||: The Snake|
|Father||: Clarence Edwards|
|Siblings||: Jill Edwards, Carrie Ann Edwards|
|Husband||: Frederic Thiebaud (m. 2011), Robert Lange (m. 1993–2010)|
|Children||: Eja Lange|
|Education||: Timmins High and Vocational School|
|Activists||: Country Singers , Pop Singers|
Shania Twain, born Eilleen Regina Edwards, is a country pop singer made famous by her album, ‘The Woman in me’. She is one of the top best selling singers in Canada, second only to Celine Dion. Her album ‘Come on Over’ is the best selling country album of all time. The Grammy award winning singer is also a world class songwriter who has won multiple BMI songwriter awards. ‘The Queen of Country Pop’ as she is known to her fans, loved music from an early age. She was writing and performing songs by the time she was ten and appeared on a television show as a teenager. She had a difficult childhood and found the much-needed solace in music. Music was not just a means of succor; it was also a way of earning money to contribute to her impoverished family. Her musical talent made her famous in her town and she was often invited to play at clubs and radio stations. She struggled for years to establish herself before signing a contract with Mercury and found big success with her second album, ‘The Woman in Me’. The album went Multi-Platinum and announced the arrival of a new star to the world of country music.
After her siblings grew up and moved away, she could finally focus on building her career. She recorded a demo tape and sent them to record executives. Mercury Nashville Records recognized her potential and signed a contract with her.
Her debut album, the self-titled ‘Shania Twain’ was released in 1993. The album received positive reviews, and gave two minor hits, ‘What made you say that’ and ‘Dance with the one that brought you’.
She released her second studio album, ‘The Woman in Me’ in 1995. She had written or co-written most of the songs in this album. It became a best seller, peaking at No.1 in the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums.
Her album ‘Come on Over’ was brought out in 1997. The album became a blockbuster and went on to become one of the biggest selling albums in Canadian music history. She also toured extensively to promote the album.
Three versions of her next album, ‘Up!’ were released in 2002, including a pop version, a country version and an international version. The album went Diamond.
From September 2003 to July 2004, she was on a concert tour to promote her album ‘Up!’ She toured North America as well as Europe.
She released a compilation album ‘Greatest Hits’ in 2004. The album consisted of 17 hits from her previous albums and featured three new songs.
She starred in a reality show, ‘Why Not? With Shania Twain’ which premiered on Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011. The show highlights the singer’s journey from poverty stricken childhood and difficult youth to the heights of superstardom.
The album, ‘The Woman in Me’ (1995) was her first big hit which established her as a popular country singer. The album went multi-platinum within months of its release and was certified Diamond after five years.
Her 1997 album ‘Come on Over’ was her greatest hit ever. The album was highly appreciated for breaking free of traditional stereotypes and became the biggest selling country music album ever. It peaked at No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Album charts.
She was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards to Sharon Morrison and Clarence Edwards. Her parents divorced when she was two years old and she along with her two sisters started living with her mother.
Her mother later married Jerry Twain who adopted the girls. The family grew with the birth of a brother and the adoption of another. Her stepfather was an abusive man who fought frequently with her mother.
She started singing and performing from an early age. Music was a form of escape from the difficulties of her daily life. Her family was very poor and she earned money by singing at clubs.
She went to Timminis High and Vocal School, and sang for a local band called Longshot.
She got an opportunity to perform on the Tommy Hunter Show, aired on CBC television when she was just 13.
After graduating form high school in 1983 she joined a band called Flirt and toured all over Ontario with the band. She also started taking lesson from a singing coach.
She met country singer Mary Bailey who arranged a fundraiser in 1987 for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation where Twain got a chance to perform.
In 1987, her parents got killed in an automobile accident leaving the 21 year old to take care of her younger siblings.
Twain married Robert Lange, a music producer she often worked with, in 1993. They have a son. She divorced her husband in 2010 after finding out that he had an affair with her best friend.
On January 1, 2011, she married Frederic Thiebaud, an executive at Nestle.
She has won five Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album (1996) for ‘The Woman in me’ and Best Country Song (2000) for ‘Come on Over’.
She was presented the American Music Awards (AMA's) for Favorite New Country Artist in 1996, and went on to win four more AMA’s over her career.
She is the proud recipient of 39 BMI Songwriter Awards.