Twain Shana Eileen Regina Edwards was born on Aug 30, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario. She is the daughter of Sharon and Clarence Edwards who were both music teachers. Shania began her musical training at a very early age, learning to play the piano by ear and violin from her father who was himself an accomplished musician and conductor.
When Shania was thirteen she wrote her first song called “Tupelo Honey” which would later appear on Shania’s album The Woman In Me , released in 1995. Shania was also a member of the Kids and Company, a local musical group consisting of Shania and five others like herself in their early teens. Shania would eventually go on to become their lead singer while simultaneously participating in specialized training at The Centre for the Arts. Shania worked hard at perfecting her voice through singing lessons with renowned vocal coach, Annette Simonds. Shania was so devoted to her singing that she also took vocal lessons from Canadian Opera singer Edith McGuire as well as being a member of an operatic chorus (Cleveland Metropolitan Opera – Cleveland). Shania’s big break came in 1984 when Shania won the annual “YTV Achievement Award” (for Canada’s Young Entertainer of the Year) for her appearance in the youth-oriented channel YTV (Canadian Television). Shania was also being discovered and honored by some of North America’s most acclaimed songwriters, including USA Songwriter Award Winner Bob Merrill (“Brazil” – Nat “King” Cole; “You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You” – Dean Martin; “Makin’ Love” – Bill Shandl e r; etc.) Shania was also discovered by publisher and record producer, Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange. Shania won a 1988 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Country Female Vocalist of the Year . Shania released her first album Shania Twain (1993) after signing with Mercury Records, Nashville.