- Born in Ontario Canada in 1965. Her original name was Eilleen Edwards. She became Eilleen Twain when her mother remarried. She changed it to Shania in 1993 when she signed her first record deal.
- While only releasing 4 studio albums, her 85 million records sold make her the highest selling female country artist of all time (Taylor Swift has sold 170 million – we are going to call her a country-pop/pop-rock artist). A new album is planned for a 2017 release – her first record of new material in 15 years.
- Twain has won 5 Grammy Awards, and numerous awards from ACM, CMA, and other acronyms.
- She retired from performing in 2004, as her voice was weakening. She was diagnosed with lesions on her vocal chords, and she underwent therapy to resolve the condition. She resumed her performance career with a regular show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in 2012. She played 105 shows over two years. The show was a hit, grossing over $43 million.
- Her second album, The Woman in Me, was a breakthrough album that made her a country music powerhouse. Her third album, Come On Over, made her a crossover mega-star, as she dominated pop and country charts. The album was on the charts for 2 years, and with worldwide sales of 40 million, it became the biggest selling album of all time by a female performer.
- It’s easy to see why Twain became so popular (and so “poppy”). Her songs are catchy and sassy, infectious and well produced (by her first husband Mutt Lange, who co-wrote all of the hits with Twain, and who has produced albums or tracks for some of the biggest acts in rock music). Her vocals are solid, and the musicians that play for her are top notch. Songs like You’re Still the One, That Don’t Impress Me Much, and Man! I Feel Like a Woman became pop anthems of the 90s, especially for women.
- Enjoy this flashback to 1997, and sing along with her most watched YouTube video, the stunning and beautiful From This Moment On (nice harmonies here!).