Shania Twain – Queen of Country Pop

Shania Twain – Back On Track

Shania Twain has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history. Furthermore, she’s one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Garnering the name of ‘Queen of Country Pop”.  Sure, as an artist this woman has had her ups and downs. But she’s now back with a vengeance and coming back for her crown! There’s no more lamenting over the past. She’s back on track!

Shania Twain In A Nutshell!

Having a love of music at an early age she starts singing at age three, playing a guitar at age 8 and writing songs around age ten.  With her mother’s encouragement, Twain grows up singing in clubs and at community events, with occasional forays into television and radio. Knowing that music was going to become a big part of her life, she starts considering her career.

Even though she finds work, she still has to work odd jobs to make ends meet. In 1987, Twain’s life is upended when her parents die in a car crash. Returning home, she takes a job singing at a resort to take care of her siblings. During this time, she continues to work on her music in her free time. After she sends out demo’s to different labels, she is signed to Poloygram Records.  

Success and Lessons Learned 

Encouraged to use songs written by others, Twain laments on her lack of artistic control in Nashville. Still, her first album, titled “Shania Twain”, releases in 1993. Even though it isn’t a big success, it does get her name out into the world. During this time, she also meets the person who eventually becomes her future husband. Mutt Lange, the man producing albums for AC/DC, The Cars and Def Leppard. Now, he’s working on her next album “The Woman in Me”.  With this album, she starts to enjoy some success.

The first single, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” reached No. 11 on the country charts. The follow-up single, “Any Man of Mine,” soars to No. 1 on the country charts and is also a Top 40 pop hit. Twain receives four Grammy nominations the following year, and wins Best Country Album. A critical and commercial success, The Woman in Me eventually reaches more than 12 million in U.S. sales. But it’s only when the next album that she hits it big. By saying big, I mean “Best-Selling Country” album in history big! With the album “Come On Over” in 1997.  

Come on Over Takes Over 

With chart-topping songs, including pumped-up anthems such as “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” insert some romantic ballads such as “You’re Still the One” and “From This Moment On.”  Shania’s pinnacle moment in life almost happens with this release. Come On Over reigned at No. 1 on the country charts for a combined 50 weeks. It became the best-selling country album of all time reaching 40 million in worldwide sales. As well as the top-selling album by a solo female artist.

While her career taking off, she decides its time for her to take time off for her personal life. In 2001, to get away from all the attention, she moves to Switzerland with Lange where she becomes a mom to her son Eja. Life is going well for her. Adding to the momentum, Shania releases “UP!” that has elements of Bollywood throughout. While it reaches the Billboard country charts, her older albums still are the top sellers. In 2004, she releases a greatest hits Album that goes quadruple Platinum. 

Time to Take a Break & Find Herself

Shania Twain while at the peak of her career suddenly loses her voice. It turns out to be vocal cord paralysis, a result of being bit by a tick and contracting Lyme disease. She finds out her husband is cheating on her with her best friend (and personal Assistant). It was time to take a break to heal and figure things out.  Twain’s break ends up being 15 years. During this time, she got married in 2011, writes a memoir, a television series and inducted into the “Canadian Music Hall of Fame”.  Flash forward to 2012, where we find Shania stepping back into the spotlight and public eye in Vegas at Caesar’s Palace.

A live album of the show is released in March 2015. In March 2015, Twain announces plans for a summer tour to take her through 48 cities. Meanwhile, she works on new music, with the release of the singles “Life’s About to Get Good” and “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed” in mid-2017 heralding the arrival of her long-awaited comeback album.The performer later returns to Vegas in December 2019 for a residency at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater, this one titled Let’s Go! She’s doing Vegas residencies up until the recent Covid 19 issues. In the meantime, she’s producing movies.

Shania Kids Can – Her Non-Profit Foundation

Founded in 2010 by performer, Shania Twain. It’s an effort to relieve the economic, social and personal sufferings of children that she herself experienced as a child. Shania Kids Can operates in elementary schools throughout North America delivering programs that aim to provide all-inclusive support and stability by qualified professionals in the form of one-on-one consultations as well as group activities and opportunities all while in the safe, confidence-building environment that is the Shania Kids Can Clubhouse. As you can see, despite the chaos she had to experience, she picked herself up and made an amazing comeback!  

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