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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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CMT MUSIC AWARDS INCLUDED PERFORMANCES FROM LUKE BRYAN, LITTLE BIG TOWN, SAM HUNT, SHANIA TWAIN, MICKEY GUYTON, CAYLEE HAMMACK, TRAVIS DENNING AND MANY OTHERS.

Last Night’s CMT Music Awards included several performances from many locations around Nashville and around the world.

Luke Bryan, who picked up the award for Male Video of the Year (“One Margarita”), performed his No. 1 hit, “What She Wants Tonight.”

 

Little Big Town turned in a fiery performance of their latest single, “Wine Beer Whiskey,” and the song ended up at #1 on the iTunes sales chart this morning.

 

Sam Hunt performed his recent chart-topping smash, “Hard to Forget.”

 

Shania Twain performed all the way from Switzerland with a rousing performance of “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under.”

 

Travis Denning performed his recent No. 1 hit, “After a Few,” on his first-ever awards show appearance.

 

Caylee Hammack performed her new single, “Just Friends.” Prior to the awards show, she answered a few fan questions.

 

Mickey Guyton delivered a beautiful performance of her single, “Heaven Down Here,” which is featured on her new EP, Bridges.

 

NEWS AND NOTES: Brothers Osborne, Reba, Sam, Shania, Little Big Town and more

Brothers Osborne will perform from the Sofar Listening Room on Thursday (October 15th) beginning at 3pm ET/2pm CT. The duo just released their brand new album, Skeletons, last week and are currently making their way up the country charts with their latest single, “All Night.”

Reba McEntire will reportedly star in a television adaptation of “Fried Green Tomatoes” with legendary producer Norman Lear at the helm as executive producer, according to Variety. The hour-long drama, possibly airing on NBC, is described as “a modernization of the novel and movie that explores the lives of descendants from the original work. When present-day Idgie Threadgoode (McEntire) returns to Whistle Stop after a decade away, she must wrestle with a changed town, estranged daughter, faltering cafe and life-changing secret.” Reba is also said to be one of the executive producers, as well.

Reba McEntire, Brothers Osborne and Little Big Town are among the artists performing at various venues around Nashville for the virtual Save Our Stages Festival, taking place October 16th – 18th. The three-day event will also include performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Dave Matthews, Marshmello, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Jason Mraz, Foo Fighters, Leon Bridges and many more. This benefit will raise awareness and money for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund to support independent music venues across the nation during this devastating pandemic. Check out all the information on times, venues and performances right here.

Sam Hunt has been added to the list of performers at this year’s CMT Music Awards. Sam is up for Male Video of the Year for “Hard to Forget,” and he’s also nominated for CMT Performance of the Year for his cover of Reba McEntire’s iconic hit, “Fancy,” at the 2019 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony. He joins previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay and Ashley McBryde on the main stage. Also performing are Gabby Barrett and Morgan Wallen, as well as several performances from the the Ram Trucks Side Stage featuring Caylee Hammack, Mickey Guyton, Travis Denning, Ingrid Andress, Hardy and Riley Green. Shania Twain will also make an appearance at the CMT Awards ceremony, her first since 2011. The 2020 CMT Music Awards will air October 21st beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

 

SHANIA TWAIN GETS READY TO RELEASE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER ICONIC “THE WOMAN IN ME” ALBUM.

Shania Twain gets ready to release the 25th Anniversary Diamond Edition of her huge album, The Woman in Me, on Friday (October 2nd). The diamond edition contains a newly remastered version of the multi-platinum album and previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, and mixes. The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition will be available in two and three CD configurations; the mastered album willbe available in LP and limited-edition color variant LP versions.

Eight of the 12 songs from The Woman in Me appeared on Billboard‘s country singles chart, with four — “Any Man of Mine,” “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!” “You Win My Love” and “No One Needs to Know”  reaching No. 1. “Any Man of Mine” also gave Twain her first Top 40 crossover hit. The Woman in Me spent 29 weeks atop the country albums chart and was 1995’s best-selling country album. It won a GRAMMY for Best Country Album in 1996 and later was ranked No. 8 on CMT’s list of 40 Greatest Country Albums.

The Woman in Me, Twain’s second album, debuted at No. 65 on the Billboard country chart in February 1995, entering the Billboard 200 three weeks later at 197. The album continued to climb steadily, finally hitting No. 1 on the country chart in July, the same week “Any Man of Mine” became Twain’s first chart-topping country single. By that point, the album was already gold; by the end of 1995, it had sold 4 million copies, making it the year’s top-selling country album. In 1996, it passed Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits to become the best-selling album by a female country artist (a title Twain’s 1997 follow-up, Come on Over, would claim in 1999). The Woman in Me reached Diamond status for shipments of 10 million copies in 1997, then 12 million in 2000. It has sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide.

 

Tracklist:

Disc 1: The Woman in Me Remastered

  1. Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)
  2. Any Man Of Mine
  3. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  4. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!
  5. The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)
  6. Is There Life After Love?
  7. If It Don’t Take Two
  8. You Win My Love
  9. Raining On Our Love
  10. Leaving Is The Only Way Out
  11. No One Needs To Know
  12. God Bless The Child

    Disc 2: Live and Remixed

  1. You Win My Love [Live From Vegas]
  2. No One Needs To Know [Live From Vegas]
  3. Any Man of Mine [Live From Vegas]
  4. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Live From Vegas]
  5. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live From Vegas]
  6. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Dance Mix]
  7. Any Man Of Mine [Alternate Mix – Without Steel Guitar]
  8. The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You) [International Acoustic Version – Without Steel Guitar]
  9. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Dance Mix]
  10. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Mutt Lange Mix]
  11. You Win My Love [Mutt Lange Mix]
  12. God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Country Version]
  13. God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Without Banjo]
  14. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live/DirecTV Mix]
  15. Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is/The Woman In Me/You’ve Got A Way [Medley – Live/DirecTVMix]

Disc 3: The Woman in Me – Shania Vocal Mix

  1. Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)
  2. The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)
  3. No One Needs To Know
  4. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  5. Is There Life After Love?
  6. If It Don’t Take Two
  7. You Win My Love
  8. Any Man Of Mine
  9. Raining On Our Love
  10. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!
  11. Leaving Is The Only Way Out

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