About Shania Twain
Before Shania Twain’s rise in the mid-’90s, no other singer had combined two roles that, at the time, seemed entirely disparate: rootin’, tootin’ country star and glamorous pop diva. That she made it look so easy is a testament to the tenacity long shown by the performer who was born in 1965 and raised in the Canadian small town of Timmins, Ontario. After not gaining much headway during her early stint as a rock performer under her original name of Eilleen Twain, or in her first years after becoming Shania and signing to Mercury Nashville, she made a fortuitous alliance with Robert John “Mutt” Lange. On Twain’s albums The Woman In Me (1995) and Come On Over (1997), her producer (and future husband) applied the skills he learned making albums with AC/DC and Def Leppard to ensure that Twain’s shiny country-pop confections had just as much impact as any arena-ready rocker. While the likes of “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” dominated dance floors and jukeboxes, “Forever and for Always” and other ballads showcased her warm contralto voice and became indispensable on wedding playlists. By the time she released her fourth album, Up!, in 2002, Twain was one of country music’s biggest-selling artists. Overcoming personal hardships like the end of her marriage to Lange and voice and health problems that nearly silenced her, she again displayed her strength, as well as a new sense of vulnerability, on 2017’s Now, her first studio album in 15 years and her second to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Her collaboration with masked alt-country maverick Orville Peck on her 2020 single “Legends Never Die” was another thrilling sign of Shania’s eagerness to reinvent herself.
HOMETOWNWindsor, Ontario, Canada
BORNAugust 28, 1965