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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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NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Mickey, Shania and more

If you’ve ever been to a Keith Urban show or seen him perform, he gets his fans energized and almost puts them in a frenzy…especially the female fans. However, he can also have a calming effect as he just composed and recorded a song, “I Am Home,” for the popular Calm app, which is designed to help people sleep better and reduce stress and anxiety. He explains on his socials, “So, I’ve never written a ‘sleep song’ before. This process was different on every level because I wasn’t trying to come up with a hook/chorus. It felt like an incredible amount of liberation and freedom to just let the things flow and move where they wanted to go,” says Keith.

 

 

The current leaders of exercise bikes and workout digital apps, Peloton, is celebrating Black History Month with Artist Series Classes. The Peloton team chose songs by Mickey Guyton to be used for both a ride with Ally Love, as well as a Yoga Flow class with Ross Rayburn. You can still take the classes by clicking on the link: https://pelotoncycle.onelink.me/3050343531/184566dd

 

Shania Twain is featured on a new radio mix of Irish pop star Ronan Keating’s version of “Forever and Ever, Amen,” featured on his Twenty Twenty album. The song was a huge No. 1 hit for Randy Travis in 1987.

 

NEW YEAR’S LINERS 2020

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (New Year) 1

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“Hey Everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (New Year) 2

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“Hey Everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick. Happy New Year.”

 

Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (New Year)

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“What’s up everybody? This is Brandon Lay, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

 

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (New Year)

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“Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne. Happy New Year.”

 

Audio / LINER CARRIE UNDERWOOD (NEW YEAR)

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“Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER CAYLEE HAMMACK (NEW YEAR)

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“Hey y’all! This is Caylee Hammack, wishing you a very Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (New Year)

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“Hey! This is Chrissy Metz, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Happy New Year)

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“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy New Year!

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy New Year)

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“Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley. Happy New Year!”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Happy New Year)

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“Hey! It’s Eric Church, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Gary Allan (New Year)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Gary Allan. Happy New Year!”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (New Year) 1

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“Hey y’all! I’m Jon Langston, wishing you a very Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (New Year)

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“Hi! I’m Jon Pardi, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (New Year)

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“Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy New Year)

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“Hey! I’m Josh Turner. Happy New Year!”

 

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (New Year)

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“Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a safe and Happy New Year!”

 

Audio / LINER Kassi Ashton (New Year)

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“Hey! It’s Kassi Ashton. I’d love to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year.”

 

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (New Year)

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“Hey everyone! This is Keith Urban. Have a safe and happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (New Year)

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“It’s Kip Moore, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Kylie Morgan (New Year)

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“Hey! It’s Kylie Morgan, wishing you a very Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (New Year)

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“This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER LBT (New Year)

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy New Year!”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (New Year)

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“Hey! This is Luke Bryan, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (New Year)

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“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

 

Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (New Year)

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“Hey! This is Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (New Year)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Parker McCollum, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

 

Audio / LINER Priscilla Block (New Year)

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“Hey, it’s Priscilla Block, wishing you a very Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy New Year)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy New Year!”

Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Happy New Year)

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“Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy New Year!”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (New Year)

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“Hey y’all, this is Travis Denning, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

 

CHRISTMAS LINERS 2020

Here are some holiday liners from UMG Nashville artists, including Adam Hambrick, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Caylee Hammack, Chrissy Metz, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Langston, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Kassi Ashton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Kylie Morgan, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Travis Denning and more!

 

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

 

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick. Happy Holidays.”

 

Audio / LINER AJ (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Happy Holiday Season)

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“Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas)

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“Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas) 2

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“Hey, it’s Carrie Underwood. From our house to yours – Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Christmas) 1

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“Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Christmas) 2

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“Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack. Merry Christmas!”

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack. Happy Holidays, everybody!”

Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! This is Chrissy Metz, wishing you Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

 

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Gary Allan. Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all, this is Jon Langston, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, this is Jon Langston. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Merry Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Christmas)

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“Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! I’m Josh Turner, wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Christmas)

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“Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Holiday season)

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“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Christmas)

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“Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Kip Moore. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Kylie Morgan (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all, this is Kylie Morgan, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Christmas)

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Christmas)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Christmas)

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“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Happy Holidays)

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“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae. Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Christmas)

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“Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey, I’m Parker McCollum, and I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (Christmas)

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“Hey-Reba here-hoping you have a very Merry Christmas. Ho, Ho, Ho.”

Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey, this is Reba, wishing you a Happy Holiday Season.”

 

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Shania Twain, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Taylor Swift (Happy Holiday Season)

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“Hey, this is Taylor Swift, wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season.”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! I’m Travis Denning. Happy Holidays.”

 

 

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