Shania Twain fans, brace yourselves. The country music star is back and ready to make this summer, the summer of Shania.
As one of the most successful Canadian musicians of all time, the mother of one has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide and is regularly touted as one of the world’s most beautiful stars.
The superstar recently announced that her fifth studio album, NOW, will be released in September. But first, the singer treated fans to her new single "Life's About To Get Good" on June 15.
“This is like a solo record experience for me. It was therapy," explained the singer at this year's Stagecoach Festival in California. "I wrote this specific song about the good and bad in life. It’s really just a happy, sing-along optimistic song. It’s all about how ‘Life’s About to Get Good,’” she told the 75,000-strong crowd.
Shania has overcome many obstacles since her formative years growing up in Timmins, Ontario. Born Eileen Regina Edwards, the singer was raised in poverty by her mother (her father left when she was two), where she regularly went hungry and had to make do with homemade clothes fashioned by her grandmother. As a teenager, she played gigs to help support her family, all the while dreaming of making it big in the music industry someday.
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In 1987, tragedy struck. Shania was 21 and on the cusp of launching her musical career when her mother and stepfather were killed in a car crash, leaving the young singer to care for her two half-brothers. “I knew I had to look after my younger brothers,” she said. “I really needed to keep the family together. I just put all my singing ambitions on hold until the rest of the family had grown up.”
Thankfully, Shania’s hard work, determination and perseverance paid off. In 1993, she moved to Nashville and changed her name to “Shania,” an Ojibwe word for “I’m on my way,” – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Here, as Shania celebrates a new chapter in her life Hello! Canada looks back at her incredible life and career in photos.