07/30/2017 by Julia van der Doesch
Shania Twain, OC (/ʃəˈnaɪ.ə ˈtweɪn/; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and producer. Twain has sold over 85 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in the history of country music and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the “Queen of Country Pop”.
Twain’s second album, 1995’s The Woman in Me, brought her widespread success selling 20 million copies worldwide, spawning hits such as “Any Man of Mine” and earning her a Grammy Award. Twain’s third album, Come On Over, became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album, selling around 40 million copies worldwide. Come On Over produced several singles, including “You’re Still the One”, “From This Moment On” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”, and earned Twain four Grammy Awards. Her fourth and latest studio album, Up!, was released in 2002 and, like her previous two albums, was also certified Diamond in the U.S., spawning hits like “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” and “Forever and for Always”.
Twain has received five Grammy Awards, 27 BMI Songwriter awards, stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She is the only female artist in history to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond by the RIAA. Altogether, Twain is ranked as the 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era.
In 2004, Twain retired from performing and retreated to her home in Switzerland. In her 2011 autobiography, she cited a weakening singing voice as the reason for not performing publicly. When both her singing and speaking were affected, Twain consulted the Vanderbilt Dayani Center in Nashville. Specialists discovered lesions on her vocal cords and diagnosed her with dysphonia, which she attributes to Lyme Disease, all treatable with careful rehabilitation. In 2012, Twain returned to the concert stage in her critically acclaimed show Still the One, exclusively at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. In 2015, Twain returned to the road for what she has billed as her farewell tour. The Rock This Country Tour kicked off on June 5, 2015 in Seattle, Washington and originally concluded in Fresno, California on August 23 but was extended to include additional dates and ended October 27, 2015, in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.