The summer of Shania Twain is shaping up to be the year 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's fifth studio album, NOW, will be released next month and fans have been singing along to her new single "Life's About To Get Good" since its debut in June. Shania also announced that she's taking her new record on the road in 2018!
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.