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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.

In 1987, at age 21, Twain lost her parents in an automobile accident. She took on the responsibility of raising her three younger siblings. She managed to keep the household going with a job at Ontario’s Deerhurst Resort, which not only provided for her new family responsibilities but also gave her an education in every aspect of theatrical performance, from musical comedy to Andrew Lloyd Webber to Gershwin. Three years later, with her brothers grown enough to take care of themselves, Twain was on her own. Shedding her real name, Eilleen, she adopted the Ojibway name of Shania, meaning “I’m on my way.” Twain recorded a demo tape of original music and set her sights on Nashville. Although Twain landed a record deal with Mercury Records on the basis of her original material, her self-titled 1993 debut album featured only one of her songs, the feisty “God Ain’t Gonna Getcha for That.” Singles “What Made You Say That” and “Dance With the One That Brought You” each peaked at No. 55 on the Billboard country singles chart. It took a phone call from a distant admirer, rock producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange (AD/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Bryan Adams and many more) for Twain to find a true believer, both in her voice and her original songs. Twain and Lange met face to face in Nashville at Fan Fair in 1993 and married six months later, by which time they’d written half an album’s worth of tunes together. As 1994 unfolded, they traveled and wrote their way across the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Italy and the Caribbean. They began to lay down basic tracks for a new album in Nashville, later recording overdubs and mixing in Quebec.

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.”

 Twain released her “Greatest Hits” album in the fall of 2004. She was also featured on the “Desperate Housewives” soundtrack in 2005 and sang a duet with Canadian legend, Anne Murray, in 2007.

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.

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SHANIA TWAIN ANNOUNCES A TOUR FOR 2018.

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 ON THE TONIGHT SHOW AND ANNOUNCES A NEW TOUR FOR 2018.

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 tour bundle at 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.

 

 

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NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Sam, Carrie, LBT, Josh, Keith

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.

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