Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on August 28, 1965, the second oldest of five siblings. She was raised in Timmins, Ontario, about 500 miles due north of Toronto, where her adoptive father, an Ojibway Indian named Jerry Twain, and mother, Sharon, had both been raised. It was a proud but, at times, impoverished existence. They struggled to keep enough food in the cupboards, but there was always an abundance of music and love in the household.
“I grew up listening to Waylon, Willie, Dolly, Tammy, all of them… but we also listened to the Mamas and the Papas, The Carpenters, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. The many different styles of music I was exposed to as a child not only influenced my vocal style, but even more so, my writing style.”
Twain often grabbed a guitar and retreated to the solitude of her bedroom singing and writing until her fingers ached. “I grew up listening to Waylon, Willie, Dolly, Tammy, all of them,” she recalls. “But we also listened to the Mamas and the Papas, The Carpenters, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. The many different styles of music I was exposed to as a child not only influenced my vocal style, but even more so, my writing style.”
“No dream is a waste of time and energy, just like there’s no such thing as a dumb question.”
Her mom noticed Twain’s talents, and soon the youngster was being shuttled to radio and TV studios, community centers, senior citizens’ homes, “everywhere they could get me booked.” An 8-year-old Twain was often pulled out of bed to sing with the house band at a local club but only after alcohol sales ended at midnight. Later, Twain spent summers working with her stepfather as the foreman of a dozen-man reforestation crew in the Canadian bush, where she learned to wield an axe and handle a chain saw as well as any man. In the winter season, she would sing in clubs and do television and radio performances as often as her schooling would allow.
The first results of their labor, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” entered the Billboard country singles chart in January 1995, peaking at No. 11. Twain’s second album, The Woman in Me, debuted on the country albums chart the following month. The collection has sold 18 million copies, making Twain the best-selling country female artist of all time. The single “Any Man of Mine,” hit the charts in May and became the first of four consecutive No. 1 hits for Twain, including “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!,” “You Win My Love” and “No One Needs to Know.” The project won a Grammy for country album of the year and was named album of the year by the Academy of Country Music in 1995.
“My personal feeling is that if you are able to survive the climb of life on whatever mountain it is you’ve set out to master, and if in the bit between the base and the peak you learn something from both the good and the bad alike, and if you live to tell about it with gratitude, you’ve succeeded.”
Twain’s third Mercury collection, Come on Over, was released in 1997, two years after her last album. The project continued Twain’s hot streak, producing No. 1 hits “Honey, I’m Home” and “Love Gets Me Every Time.” The sultry ballad “You’re Still the One” went to No. 1 on the country singles chart and made it to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 pop chart, solidifying Twain as a crossover artist. The sassy “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” a Top 5 country hit, helped secure the singer a contract with cosmetics company Revlon, which used the tune in TV ads featuring Twain. Come on Over has sold 11 million copies to date.
While The Woman in Me broke records and made Twain an international star, critics didn’t know what to make of her sexy image and independent approach to marketing her music. Instead of touring to promote the record, Twain made a series of sexy videos, one of which was shot on location in Egypt. The singer finally mounted her first major tour in 1998 following the release of Come on Over. The highly anticipated outing helped earn Twain entertainer of the year trophies from the ACM and the Country Music Association in 1999. Twain has won a total of five Grammys, including two for best country song (“Come on Over” and “You’re Still the One”) and two for best country female vocal performance (“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “You’re Still the One”). She also has taken home trophies from the Canadian Country Music Awards, Canada’s JUNO Awards and the American Music Awards. In 1999, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named Twain both country songwriter of the year and pop songwriter of the year. Her ballad, “You’re Still the One,” was named BMI’s country and pop song of the year.
“Although not my thinking when I wrote the song, I believe like any song, it belongs to whomever claims it, and its purpose becomes whatever it means to that individual.”
At the top of her game, Twain retreated to her home in Switzerland with her husband at the end of 1999. She and Lange welcomed their first child, a son named Eja, together in the summer of 2001 while preparing her 2002 release Up!, featuring the hit single “I’m Gonna Getcha Good.”
In 2008, Twain and Lange divorced. In April 2010, Shania joined forces with Oprah Winfrey’s new television network, OWN, to star in a six-episode docu-series titled, Why Not? With Shania Twain. Why Not? is set to premiere in May 2011. Twain is also releasing her first memoir in the spring of 2011 with Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. On January 1, 2011, it was announced that Twain and Swiss businessman, Frederic Thiébaud, were married in Puerto Rico. It is the second marriage for both.
In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2018, Global superstar Shania Twain has announced that she will hit the road next year in support of her new album, NOW. These dates mark Shania’s first tour since “Rock This Country” back in 2015. Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off May 3rd in Tacoma, WA and will run through the rest of the summer, culminating in Las Vegas on August 4th at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time until Thursday, August 24 at 10:00 p.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 25th. For more presale details and ticket information, please visit www.ticketmaster.com.
One of the most highly anticipated albums of 2017, NOW, will be released on September 29 via Mercury Nashville, and is offered as both a 12-track standard and 16-track deluxe album. Fans can pre-order the album HERE and instantly receive “Life’s About to Get Good,” “Poor Me”, and beginning tomorrow, Aug. 18, pre-orders also receive Shania’s brand new single impacting radio Sept. 18, “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed.” Shania debuted “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch the performance HERE.
Shania is set to headline the Opening Night Ceremony for the 2017 US Open on Monday, Aug. 28, in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The ceremony will be televised live on ESPN2. She will be performing some of her biggest hits as well as songs from the new album, NOW.
Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Shania’s albums include her Platinum-selling 1993 debut, Shania Twain; the GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release, The Woman in Me; Come On Over, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Shania’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.
Shania Twain NOW Tour Dates:
Thurs., May 3, 2018 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Sat., May 5, 2018 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Sun., May 6, 2018 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Wed., May 9, 2018 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
Thurs., May 10, 2018 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
Sat., May 12, 2018 Saskatoon, SK Sasktel Centre
Sun., May 13, 2018 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Tues., May 15, 2018 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Wed., May 16, 2018 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
Fri., May 18, 2018 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center Omaha
Sat., May 19, 2018 Chicago, IL United Center
Fri., June 1, 2018 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
Sat., June 2, 2018 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Mon., June 4, 2018 Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center
Wed., June 6, 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Thurs., June 7, 2018 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Sat., June 9, 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sun., June 10, 2018 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
Tues., June 12, 2018 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Wed., June 13, 2018 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Fri., June 15, 2018 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
Sat., June 16, 2018 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Mon., June 25, 2018 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
Tues., June 26, 2018 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thurs., June 28, 2018 Québec, QC Videotron Centre
Sun., July 1, 2018 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre
Tues., July 3, 2018 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
Wed., July 4, 2018 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
Fri., July 6, 2018 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Sat., July 7, 2018 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Wed., July 11, 2018 Boston, MA TD Garden
Thurs., July 12, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Sat., July 14, 2018 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Sun., July 15, 2018 Washington, DC Capital One Center
Tues., July 17, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Wed., July 18, 2018 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Fri., July 20, 2018 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Sat., July 21, 2018 Nashville, TN TBD*
Tues., July 24, 2018 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Wed., July 25, 2018 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Fri., July 27, 2018 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sat., July 28, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
Mon., July 30, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Wed., August 1, 2018 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Fri., August 3, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Sat., August 4, 2018 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
*On sale date To Be Announced
Shania Twain performs “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (August 16th). She also announced a new tour for 2018. Pre-order the
#ShaniaNOW tour bundle at http://smarturl.it/STNOWTOUR to access pre-sale tickets beginning at 10am on Tuesday (August 22nd) and regular tickets go on sale August 25th. Shania’s new album, Now, will be released September 29th.
— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) August 17, 2017
Shania Twain will perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Shania Twain on Wednesday night (August 16th).
Shania Twain joins the cast of John Travolta’s racing movie, Trading Paint, which is currently in production, according to Variety. The film, also featuring Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Donnie Brasco), Kevin Dunn (True Detective, Veep) and Toby Sebastian (Game of Thrones), is about a veteran race car driver and his son, a fellow driver, who overcome family and professional conflicts, balancing competition, ego, resentment and a racing nemesis to come out stronger on the other side.
Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood picked up trophies at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards over the weekend. Carrie took home the Choice Country Artist trophy, while Sam’s “Body Like a Back Road” was named the Choice Country Song.
Little Big Town will perform on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday night (August 17th).
Josh Turner’s ”Hometown Girl” has been certified gold by the RIAA for more than 500,000 digital downloads.
Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” has been certified double platinum (for two million copies sold), while “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood, has gone gold.