The Incredible Journey
Shania Twain is one of the most successful and influential country pop singers of all time. Born Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, she had a difficult childhood marred by poverty and domestic violence. After her parents’ death in 1987, she changed her name to Shania Twain (a nod to her Ojibwe heritage) and moved to Nashville to pursue her musical dreams.
Twain signed with Mercury Records in 1993 and released her self-titled debut album the following year. While it wasn’t a major commercial success, her second album 1995’s The Woman in Me became a phenomenal hit. Fueled by chart-topping singles like “Any Man of Mine” and “You Win My Love”, it sold over 12 million copies in the US alone. This cemented Twain as the best-selling country artist of the decade.
What set Twain apart was her ability to blend country themes and instrumentation with polished pop production. She worked closely with producer and co-writer Robert “Mutt” Lange to craft a radio-friendly sound without compromising her country roots. Twain also embraced a more playful, feminist perspective in songs like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
Her 1997 follow-up Come on Over was an even bigger smash, selling over 40 million copies worldwide. It spawned hits such as “You’re Still the One”, “From This Moment On”, and “That Don’t Impress Me Much”. The album became the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre. Twain dominated both the pop and country charts for years.
After taking time off in the 2000s due to health issues, Twain made a triumphant comeback in 2017 with the album Now. It debuted at No. 1, proving that her appeal remains incredibly strong after all these years.
Over her decades-long career, Twain has won 5 Grammy Awards, 27 BMI Songwriter awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as well as the coveted Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Even through ups and downs, her impact on country and pop music is undeniable. Twain paved the way for many crossover artists to come.