Celebrate Shania Twain's 50th Birthday with 50 Fun Facts
August 14, 2015
A big celebration is in store for Shania
Twain this summer: the “Queen of Country Pop” will celebrate her 50th birthday
on Aug. 28, 2015. It’s hard to believe that the Canadian country star has hit
the half-century mark, but the legacy she’s left us through her music is an
impressive one. In honor of this milestone birthday, read through these 50 Shania
Twain facts about the life and career of one of music’s most amazing success stories.
- Shania Twain was born in Windsor,
Ontario, on Aug. 28, 1965.
- Her birth name is Eilleen Regina
- Of five siblings, Twain is the
- When she was young, her mother
remarried Jerry Twain, whose surname Shania kept for her music
- She adopted the name “Shania”
at age 24. Ojibwa for “I’m on my way,” the name draws from the heritage of her
- By the time she was eight,
Shania was already performing on stage at local clubs. (Her parents would wait
to bring her until the bar had stopped selling alcohol for the
- At the age of 10, Shania wrote
her first song. It was
titled “Mama Won’t You Come Out to Play.
- In high school, Shania played the
- Before becoming a singer,
Shania held a number of odd jobs. She worked at a
McDonald’s in high school, and later was a supervisor for her
stepfather’s reforestation business.
- In her 20s, Shania spent some
time headlining a Vegas-style stage show at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville,
Ontario. Here’s a montage of her performing songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High
Enough,” “Somewhere Out There,” and “Over the Rainbow.”
AN IMPRESSIVE RECORDING CAREER
- So far, Shania has released
four studio albums: “Shania Twain” (1993), “The Woman in Me” (1995), “Come On
Over” (1997), and “Up!” (2002).
- Twain has sold more than 75 million albums globally, and
48 million in the U.S. alone.
- Her first album only featured
one of her own songs, “God Ain’t Gonna Getcha for That.”
- Shania earned her first No. 1
single on the Billboard country singles chart in 1995 with “Any Man of Mine”
off her sophomore album.
- “Come On Over” is one of the
top 10 best-selling
albums in the United States. To date, it has sold over 20 million
- “Come On Over” is also the
most successful album released by any female artist in the U.S. The next
closest, Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, has sold 17 million
- 10 of the 16 songs on “Come
On Over” reached the top 20 slots of
Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
- Shania has never had a
mainstream No. 1 hit in the U.S. Her closest single was “You’re Still the
One,” which spent nine weeks at No. 2
on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
- Her last three albums have
double-Diamond in Canada, meaning each has sold at least four
- Shania co-wrote the song
“Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” off Britney Spears’ sophomore album, “Oops!
I Did It Again.”
- In a June 2015 interview with
Shania said she’s already written most of the songs and begun recording vocals
for her forthcoming fifth studio album.
- Her songs have appeared on
the soundtracks of a number of TV shows and films, including “Twister,”
“Notting Hill,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
- Her song “Up!” was even used
as a wake-up call for Canadian astronaut Dave Williams when he was in space on
the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 2007.
- Twain’s favorite music video
look is the one she sports in “From This Moment
- Academy Award winner Sean
Penn directed Shania’s second music video for the song “Dance with the One
That Brought You.”
- According to Robin Eggar’s
2005 biography, it took five hours to fit
Shania perfectly into her black bell-bottom pants for the video for “(If
You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!”
- Shania’s first major tour,
the Triple Play Tour, was sponsored by her label, Mercury Nashville, to
promote three new artists. The other two headliners were John Brannen and Toby
- To promote the 1998-99 Come
On Over Tour, local radio stations held contests that allowed the winner to
perform on stage with Shania. The winner in Ottawa was a then-unknown young
singer called Avril
- Along with No Doubt and
Sting, Shania was one of the halftime performers at Super Bowl XXXVII at
Qualcomm Stadium in 2003.
- From 2012-14, Twain played
105 concerts at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace as part of her Las Vegas residency,
Shania: Still the One.
- To announce her residency,
Shania shut down the Las Vegas Strip when she arrived on
horseback, accompanied by a herd of 40 other
- Two horses--one black and one
white--also featured into the live production of Shania: Still the
- More than 346,000 tickets were
sold for Shania’s Las Vegas residency, earning the star more than $43 million
over two years.
- One of her two sisters,
Carrie-Ann, was a background singer for Shania: Still the
- Twain’s ongoing Rock This
Country Tour kicked off in June. It is being billed as her farewell
- She has at least three costume
changes during the two-hour show, including a pair of her signature
A LIFETIME OF AWARDS AND
- According to her website, Twain has won at
least 220 awards in her career. This includes five GRAMMYs, 26 Canadian
Country Music Awards, and nine Billboard Music Awards.
- In 1999, Shania Twain became
the first Canadian to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the
- Twain was inducted into the
Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
- Second generation racecar
driver Tim Fedewa told Sports Illustrated that he nicknamed his car Shania in honor
of the Canadian singer.
- The Canada Post put Shania’s
face on a stamp in
2014. The Shania Twain stamp is part of a series on famous Canadian country
musicians, including k.d. lang, Tommy Hunter, Renee Martel, and Hank
SHANIA TWAIN’S PERSONAL
- Shania suffers from dysphonia, a stress disorder that
can affect vocal chords.
- Shania has been a vegetarian
for years. In 2001, she was the first person to be named PETA’s Sexiest
- Her dream duet partners
include Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Wonder, as well
as Etta James and Karen Carpenter.
- Twain is a devotee of the
Eastern spiritual movement Sant Mat, which emphasizes the
importance of daily meditation and abstinence from drugs and
- According to a 2009 University of Toronto study, Twain has a perfect
face. The calculations are based on the precise distance between facial
- In 2004 Shania made a rare
guest appearance in the film “I Heart Huckabees” opposite Jude Law and Jason
- Ahead of the 2010 Winter
Olympics in Vancouver, Twain was selected as the torchbearer for
her hometown of Timmins.
- In 2011, Twain published a
memoir, titled “From This Moment On,” which she wrote completely on her own
without the help of a ghostwriter.
- If Twain hadn’t been a
singer, she thinks she “would have done something more traditional with [her]
life,” like becoming a veterinarian or an