She's Still the One - Who Loves Leather!
Shania Twain (born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a popular Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. Shania's 1997 album "Come On Over" became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre.
"Come On Over" is the best-selling country album of all time, with more than 40 million copies worldwide. Hey, you only have to do that once, right?
But Shania has had several huge successes, not just "Come On Over," and reportedly has sold over 90 million albums worldwide (and rising).
Somewhat incredibly despite that success, Shania still is only the second-best-selling Canadian of all time, behind Celine Dion.
Shania is the 10-best-selling singer of the Soundscan era (which began roughly in 1993).
Twain's ancestry has been the subject of some misunderstanding. Her adoptive father was an Ojibwa Native Canadian, but her biological father was not. That would seem to suggest that Shania does not have a whole lot of native blood in her veins.
Shania, however, has taken another line of attack. She has maintained that her mother was part Cree Indian, though the evidence for that is scant. Nobody is questioning her heritage, and anyway, does it really matter? As a kid, she "sang for her supper" at a roadside bar, which she says helped her develop her later singing style.
After her parents died in a car crash, Shania took over running the household. Once her two younger brothers and two younger sisters were old enough, they moved out on their own. Shania then had the opportunity to put together a demo tape, which a country music label liked.
After she signed with them, she changed her name to Shania in honor of her (apparent) tribe. "Shania" definitely is an exotic name, and everyone around Shania apparently thought that "shania" was an Ojibwa word (but wasn't). Clearly, Shania knew how to play up her ancestry - whatever it actually was.
Ok, some of these shots of Shania Twain may be rubber rather than leather - but they look good on our girl anyway! Shania has been considered by many to be the best-looking country star for the past twenty years, and hopefully these pictures uphold that standard.
Shania got involved in a very well-publicized incident with her husband, Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The two had met at the Nashville Fan Fair in June 1993 and married on December 28, 1993. The had a son, Eja Lange, in August 2001.
Lange also is a legendary figure in musical circles. He had produced some of the most legendary albums of the rock era, including AC/DC's "Back in Black," which is the second-best selling album of all time. Lange went to work with his wife, and out came "Come On Over."
Shania's album, though, is not the reason why Lange's involvement with Shania became a tabloid sensation. That came about for completely different reasons.
Lange and Shania were living in Switzerland when things happened. As reported by Lange's record label, Mercury Nashville, around 2008 Lange had an affair with Shania's best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. Lange and Shania then divorced in 2010. But, that's not the end of the story.
Shania then took up with Marie-Anne's husband, Frédéric Thiébaud . That is, she began dating the husband of the woman with whom her own husband was having an affair. So, both Lange and Shania were involved with different members of the same couple.
Shania married Frédéric Thiébaud on January 1, 2011. Lange and Marie-Anne, meanwhile, apparently broke up at some point.
Shania took a very long time off from the music business, from 2002 to 2017. Her latest album was scheduled for release on September 29, 2017.
Yes, you can lose somebody overnight, yes, your whole life can be turned upside down. Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind.
There were moments when I really just thought, I don't need anything and I don't need anyone. I just want to go away and disappear.
Being betrayed is one of the most valuable lessons life can teach.
Horses calm me. I love being around them. They smell great, they are beautiful to look at, they are loving, demanding, temperamental, and they settle you.
Life unravels the way it does, and it has an effect on you, but you have to take responsibility for dealing with it.
It was just like a dream. I could have ended up with an album that's not all that different from anything else coming out of Nashville. Mutt made the difference. He took these songs, my attitude, my creativity, and colored them in a way that is unique.
I spent a lot of my life holding back my cries, and I want to change that because it's not good for me.
It's really such a personal journey, making a record, but even more so writing the songs.
I was not naturally meant to be on stage. I hated being in the spotlight; I was scared.
I certainly could've gone off track many, many times in my youth.
There was a time when I was - after my very first record from Nashville, I thought I might not be one of those who actually really makes it, and I may end up back in Canada, just playing clubs. And that might - this might have just been it.
I certainly don't think you need to be famous to want to leave a legacy, but when you are famous, it's even more likely that your child will get the wrong perspective on your life if you die prematurely.
I've succeeded as far as I'm concerned - I don't feel that I have any cliffs I could fall over anytime soon.
Writing is very much a playground - an artistic playground. It's the most fun thing I do.
My life revolves around my child's routine.
I lost my sense of trust, honesty and compassion. I crashed down and became what I consider an emotional mess. I've never been so miserable in my whole life. I just wanted to go to bed and never get up.
I feel like I'm on top of the world. Honestly, I feel like I've climbed a very giant mountain, and I'm just standing right on top with my arms wide open and breathing rarified air.
When you don't come from struggle, gaining appreciation is a quality that's difficult to come by.
I find that the very things that I get criticized for, which is usually being different and just doing my own thing and just being original, is the very thing that's making me successful.