Shania Twain was born named Eileen Edwards on August 28, 1965. She is a Canadian country music singer-songwriter and is referred to as “The Queen of Country Pop,” Shania has received five Grammy Awards, 27 BMI Songwriter awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She is the first and presently only female artist in history to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond by the RIAA.
Shania Twain was born to parents Sharon née Morrison and Clarence Edwards. Her parents divorced when she was two and her mother then moved to Timmins, Ontario with Eilleen and her sisters Jill and Carrie Ann. Sharon married Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa, and they had a son together, Mark.
Jerry adopted Shania and her sister, legally changing their last name to Twain. When Mark was still in diapers, the Twains adopted Jerry’s baby nephew, Darryl, after Darryl’s mother died. Because of her connection to her stepfather, in the past it has been reported that Twain’s ancestry was Ojibwa, however she stated in an interview that her biological father was partCree.
Her ancestry also includes Irish, French-Canadian and English. Through a maternal great-grandmother, she is a descendant of Zacharie Cloutier.Her maternal grandmother, Eileen Pearce, emigrated from Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland.
By age 10, Twain was already singing and writing songs; as a teenager, she performed on Canadian television. In 1987, her mother and stepfather were tragically killed in a car accident, leaving Twain to care for her three younger siblings.
After several years spent earning money by singing at a local resort, Twain went to Nashville in 1993. She immediately signed with Mercury Records and released her self-titled debut album.
That same year, Twain married South African music producer Robert “Mutt” Lange, who was known for his work with the heavy metal bands AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Foreigner.
With the help of her husband Robert Lange, Twain released ‘The Woman in Me’ in 1995, which sold 12 million copies, becoming the bestselling country album by a female artist in history.
The album, which yielded the hit songs ‘Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?’, ‘Any Man of Mine,’ and ‘(If You are Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!’ earned Twain a Grammy Award for Best Country Album.
Shania released her third album in 1997`, ‘Come On Over’, which contained eight hit singles, including ‘You’re Still the One,’ ‘Love Gets Me Everytime,’ ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much,’ ‘Honey, I’m Home,’ ‘From this Moment On,’ and ‘You’ve Got a Way.’
Certified by the Recording Institute Association of America (RIAA) for sales of 17 million copies, Come On Over holds the notable distinction of being the bestselling country album of all time. Future projects for the singer-songwriter include a TV show entitled ‘Why Not?’ With Shania Twain, this is due to air in April 2011, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The show is set to cover personal topics for Twain, such as how she has coped with her divorce, how she has found her creative voice and what her plans are for the future.