Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, on August 28, 1965. Shania’s biological father wasn’t present in her life and when her mother remarried a man called Jerry Twain, she decided to answer his name as he adopted her and her two sisters.
Shania once said, ”My father (Jerry) went out of his way to raise three daughters that weren’t even his. For me to acknowledge another man as my father, a man who was never there for me as a father, who wasn’t the one who struggled every day to put food on our table, would have hurt him terribly.”
Her family wasn’t so strong either as they were extremely poor and suffered to make ends meet. At the age of 8, Shania had to start singing at a local bar and was paid $20 per night; that was huge for the family at that point.
Shania Twain said in her Biography, “My deepest passion was music and it helped. There were moments when I thought, ‘I hate this.’ I hated going into bars and being with drunks. But I loved the music and so I survived.”
Shania got the best promotion of her life when she got to perform on the Tommy Hunter Show at the age of 13.
It was hard establishing herself in the music industry and decided to join her first band Longshot.
She got to meet singer Mary Bailey while performing in Sudbury, Ontario.
Bailey who later became her manager said at that time, “I saw this little girl up on stage with a guitar and it blew me away. She performed Willie Nelson‘s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”.
Her voice reminded me of Tanya Tucker, it had strength and character, a lot of feeling. She’s a star, she deserves an opportunity. She sang a few songs that she had written, and I thought to myself, this kid is like nineteen years old, where does she get this? This is from a person who’s lived sixty years”.
In 1993 she released her self-titled debut album, Shania Twain. It wasn’t a hit but it opened many doors for her and finally brought her to the spotlight.
Today, Shania is aging gracefully and has revealed how she deals with the effects of aging.
She said in 2020, in the LadyGang podcast, “For me, I’m sure it’s very different for everybody, but I just started with time. Stepping out of battles that I couldn’t win. I mean, you know, aging is a battle you can’t win. That battle and the focus and energy it takes, is taking up too much space! In my life, my emotional state, my mental state. I’ve got songs to write. I’m not gonna sit around.”