Shania Twain is a exceedingly famous country singer and song writer. With nearly 25 years in the music industry she has sold over 85 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in the history of country music and one of the best-selling artists of all time. Her success granted her with several honorific titles including "Queen of Country Pop".
Shania's second album in which she co wrote most of the songs. It went on to become her biggest selling record at the time of its release (February 7th, 1995). selling over 4 million copy's.
Originally known as Eileen Regina Edwards she changed her name to Shania, meaning "I'm on my way" in Ojibwa when she was first discovered by Polygram records. She kept her last name "Twain". Shania's father, Clarence Edwards and her mother divorced when she was two. Her mother remarried to an Ojibwa man, Jerry Twain. He legally adopted Shania and her 4 siblings, Jill Edwards, Darryl Twain, Carrie Ann Edwards and Mark Twain.
Shania and her family grew up in a small town called Timmins, Ontario. She was born in Windsor, Ontario on August 28th, 1965. Her family often struggled to make ends meet, they would often go to school with nothing more than a "poor mans sandwich"
Shania Married John Lange and they had a boy named Eja Lange. Her and John divorced and she remarried to Frederic Thiebaud. The divorce was caused by John having an affair with one of Shania's friends.
Shania's step father was a very violent and abusive man. On many occasions she and her siblings witnessed him beat their mother senseless. in 1987 her step father and mother were killed in a car accident. Being the oldest she had to take care of her younger siblings. when she returned to her home town she took a part time job singing as part of a Las Vegas style show at a nearby resort in Deerhurst, Ontario.
Music was always a safe place for her and one of the few bright spots in her child hood. She was singing, playing guitar by the time she was three. Her mother saw what a gift she had and did everything that she could to her to gigs and lessons even if they could barley afford it. She started singing in clubs and occasionally on the radio.
Shania's third album "Come on Over".
Shania refused to give up on her singing career and continued to write her own songs finally her demo made it to Nashville and she signed with Polygram Records. The first Album that they made called "Shania Twain" wasn't as successful as they hope it would be. However one song called "What made you say that" caught the attention of John Lange who produced albums for groups like AC/DC and Def Leppard. After he heard Shania he set out to help her make her next album.
Shania and John co wrote 10 out of 12 songs for Shania's next Album "The women in me." She was worried that because of Johns rock background the songs would sound more pop as opposed to country. She didn't need to worry because the single "Whose bed have your boots been under."
Shania Twain is the only artist in history to have three consecutive Diamond RIAA-certified albums sold.
"Whose bed have your boots been under" reached number eleven on the country charts. "Any man of mine" scored number one on the country charts. This album won best country album of the year (1995) and eventually reached 12 million dollars in U.S sales.
1993- Rising Star Award, 1995, ABC Radio Networks Country Music Award For Female Video Artist of the Year, Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA'S) for album of the year, Canadian Country Music association (CCMA'S) for single of the year, Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA'S) for SOCAN song of the year, Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA'S) for video of the year. 2000, American music award for favorite country female artist. 2003, Billboard music award for top country, Juno fan choice award. 2004, Juno award for country album of the year. 2005, Peoples choice award for favorite female country artist. She was inducted into the hall of fame in 2011.
Shania was welcomed into the Order of Canada on Novemeber,18th, 2005. The Order of Canada is a part of the Canada Honors System. The medal you see below is the one Shania received. There are three tiers to the order, Shania was given the second tier which means she was given the title of an Officer of the Order of Canada.
The words around the maple leaf are Latin, they mean "They desire a better country"
Shania went to high school in Timmins Ontario it doubled as a vocal school.
reason for choosing.
We chose Shania Twain because she is well known to us and we grew up listening to her. She is an inspiration to young Canadians who are living in poverty or a part of abusive homes.