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Shania Twain, OC (born August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer and songwriter who has enjoyed popular success in the country and pop music genres. Her third album Come on Over is the biggest-selling album of all time by a female artist, and the seventh biggest selling album in music history, and she is the only female artist to have three albums certified Diamond by the RIAA. Twain is also the recipient of numerous awards, including five Grammy awards and nearly forty BMI Songwriter awards. She is married to legendary Rock producer Mutt Lange, and they have a son, Eja. Currently, Shania and her family reside between Switzerland and New Zealand.

Born Eilleen Regina Edwards, in Windsor, Ontario, on 28th August 1965, to Sharon and Clarence Edwards, her name was changed to Eilleen Twain after her parents separated when she was two, and her mother remarried to Jerry Twain, a full-blooded member of the Ojibwa First Nation. She grew up in Timmins, Ontario.

Eilleen Twain had a hard childhood; with her parents not earning much, Twain was sent out to sing in numerous clubs and bars to help bring the money in, encouraged and mentored by her mother, Sharon, who often fell into bouts of depression over the lack of food in the household.

At the age of 13, Eilleen Twain was invited to perform on CBC television's Tommy Hunter Show. During high school in Timmins, she was the vocalist for a local band "Longshot" which covered Top 40 music. When her mother and adoptive father died in a car accident on November 1, 1987, Eilleen put her musical career on hold, and was forced to take care of the family. She took her two younger brothers, Mark and Darryl, and sister Carrie-Ann to Huntsville, Ontario, where she supported the family by performing at a local resort (Deerhurst resort). In 1991, after an entertainment lawyer (Dick Frank) from Nashville, Tennessee heard her act, she was invited to record a demo tape.

In 1991, when she signed her first recording contract with Richard Frank of Mercury Nashville Records, she changed her name to Shania (pronounced shu-NYE-uh) which is an Ojibwa word meaning "I'm on my way". Twain's embrace of her adoptive Ojibwa heritage has at times been reported to be controversial among Canadian First Nations, with some disagreement about whether a non-Ojibwa adopted by an Ojibwa parent can be considered a true Ojibwa. Shania Twain responded to such criticism by saying, "I don't know how much Indian blood I actually have in me, but as the adopted daughter of my father Jerry, I became registered as a 50% North American Indian ... That is my heart and my soul, and I'm very proud of it."

The city of Timmins later renamed a street for her, gave her the key to the city and built the Shania Twain Centre. The city townspeople were then and still are today, very proud of her. It is a great source of pride for the town that Shania is from Timmins. , which Twain visited in 2004, as shown on a CTV special.

Twain recently bought some land near Wanaka in New Zealand, at a 170 km sheep station where she hopes to build a house, despite much criticism of its purchase from neighbours. Her Swiss chateau is currently on the market for $25m US.

In August 2005, when Twain hit 40, she released the single "Shoes" from the Desperate Housewives soundtrack; it failed to make much of an impact, barely getting into the top 30 on the country charts and not charting elsewhere. Shoes was also the first single release in which she and her husband were not the entire writing credits since her first album (besides the promotional release of Coat of Many Colors from the album Just Because I'm A Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton).

A television biopic of Twain, Shania: A Life in Eight Albums, aired on CBC Television on November 7, 2005, with Meredith Henderson starring as Twain.

In 2005 Twain would add a commercial relationship with COTY , for the creation of her fragrance Shania by Stetson . Around the same time, Twain appeared on an episode of the reality show The Apprentice, riding horses around Central Park and having dinner with two contestants who had successfully marketed her fragrance on the show.

On November 18, 2005, Twain was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada.

In 2003, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Shania has also been confirmed as one of the recipients of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, to be awarded in 2007
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