With more than 100 million records sold in her very successful music career, history will forever remember Canadian singer and songwriter Shania Twain as one of the best-selling female artists in country music genre and of all time.
As expected, Twain started singing from a very young age, however, her debut eponymous album which was released in 1993 didn’t do so well commercially. Nevertheless, she shot to prominent fame upon the release of her second studio album – The Woman in Me in 1995. In addition to selling over 20 million copies worldwide, the album earned her a well-deserved Grammy Award. After this, Shania showed no sign of slowing down as she went ahead to release her third album titled Come On Over in 1997. Her previous commercial success was nothing compared to her third album which became the best-selling studio album of all-time by a female act in any genre as well as the best-selling country album. The album which spawned 12 hit singles including You’re Still The One and From This Moment On, sold almost 40 million copies worldwide and earned the singer four Grammy Awards.
Find more fascinating details about the ‘queen of country pop’ below.
On August 28, 1965, the country-pop queen was born to Sharon and Clarence Edwards in Windsor, Ontario. Her original name was Eilleen Regina Edwards but her last name was later changed to Twain after her parents divorced and her mother married Jerry Twain who adopted Shania and her sisters Jill and Carrie Ann. She has English, French, and Irish ancestry.
Growing up was really tough for Twain who had to sing at bars as early as eight just to help with the financial situation at home. Also, she had to watch her mother suffer bouts of depression, resulting from the violence that existed between her and Shania’s stepfather.
As a student at Timmins High and Vocational School, Shania was already singing for a local band called Longshot and at the age of 13, she got an invitation to perform on the CBC’s Tommy Hunter Show.
After her graduation from high school in 1983, she was ready to focus on building her music career, thus, through her demos which she sent out to different platforms and labels, she was able to attract record labels including Mercury Nashville Records which later signed her. Subsequently, she released her first album titled Shania Twain after she adopted the name. Though her debut studio album wasn’t a commercial hit, it got positive reviews and gave her the popularity she needed. Her sophomore album – The Woman in Me (1995), established her credentials as a best-selling artist, selling over 12 million copies by 2007 and hogging the charts for weeks.
Her next album titled Come on Over (1997) was a groundbreaker. It became one of the biggest selling albums in the history of Canadian music. The album sold a whopping 40 million copies worldwide, the biggest of all time by a female musician. It also secured a spot on the charts for the next two years. Her next album Up! released in 2002 went Diamond and boast singles which made the charts. Subsequently, she toured North America and Europe between 2003 and 2004 to promote the album.
The Greatest Hits which is a compilation of previous albums and new tracks was released in 2004. The album is made up of three new tracks alongside some of her previous hits.
Her TV appearances include as a presenter at the 42nd CMA Awards, as a guest judge on American Idol for the August 30 and 31 episodes in 2009, Her own TV show, titled Why Not? with Shania Twain which premiered on May 8, 2011, on OWN and as a guest star on the Comedy Central series Broad City in 2017. Later in 2017, Shania Twain appeared as a guest judge on the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars where she also performed her song Soldier.
Shania Twain has been married twice. Her first marriage was to producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange who she often worked with. The duo met in June 1993 and on December 28, 1993, they got married. Their son, Eja was born in August 2001 and in 2008, it emerged that the singer and her husband were calling it quits following Lange’s alleged affair with Twain’s best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. The divorce pushed through and came to a conclusion on June 9, 2010. Later the same year, Twain got engaged to Swiss Nestlé executive Frédéric Thiébaud, the ex-husband of Marie-Anne (the best friend who allegedly cheated with Twain’s husband). By January 1, 2011, they tied the nuptials in a ceremony in Rincón, Puerto Rico.
Canadian country pop singer-songwriter Shania Twain is not called The Queen of Country Pop for nothing. She has broken stereotypes with major success recorded both as singer and songwriter. She also has numerous prestigious awards to her credit.
Thus, it’s no surprise that she smiles to the bank with an eye-popping net worth of $370 million.
Height and Quick Facts about Shania Twain
Real name: Eilleen Regina Edwards
Professional name: Shania Twain
Birthday: August 28, 1965
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 1.61 M
Father: Clarence Edwards
Siblings: Carrie Ann Edwards, Jill Edwards
Married to: Frederic Thiebaud (2011), Robert Lange (1993–2010)
Children: Eja Lange
Net Worth: $370 Million