I had responsibilities, so I couldn't just go around getting gigs here and there, or writing only when I felt like it. He introduced me to Buddy Cannon, who was A&R at Mercury Nashville at the time, and he handed my tape over to the head of the label. " But with the extensive experience Shania had recently recieved in musical theatre and a talent so versatile that she could handle just about any style of music, why did this Canadian native gravitate towards Nashville and country music?I took a job singing at a resort, I bought a house, a family truck and settled down - I thought forever." The position at Ontario's Deerhurst resort ended up to be the most educational period, as a performer, in her career. Didn't have to pay any bills but mine," she explains, her voice picking up speed. Didn't have to pick them up after work and take them to teen dances. "My parents were obsessed with country music," she explains.When she was just three, Shania was already such a "natural" that her mother would sit Shania on the counter of a local diner to sing along to the jukebox and entertain the patrons. It probably consumes me less now than it did as a child.From a very tender age, Shania was using her voice as an instrument, playing with new melodies and harmonizing. I liked to escape my personal life through my music. I spent a lot of time in solitude with just my guitar, writing and singing away for hours.They are two seperate entities, but at the same time what more could any girl ask for?" To date, The Woman In Me has sold 12 million copies in the U. Shania's third album, Come On Over, was released November 4, 1997.She did everything from musical comedy theatre to Andrew Lloyed Webber to Gershwin. "I grew up listening to Waylon, Willie, Dolly, Tammy, all of them, but I also listened to the Mama and the Papas, the Carpenters, the Supremes, the Jacksons, and such.About three years later, one by one, her siblings got on their feet and went their own ways. But, as a child performer it was always country, so that's how I developed." The tape and meetings resulted in a record deal and Shania's self-titled debut album Shania Twain (released April 20, 1993).
but inexplicably certain "powers that be" refused to let her record them at the time. The first time I actually talked to him face to face was in Nashville during Mercury's Fan Fair show in '93, and we haven't wanted to be apart from that moment on." Six months after they met, Shania and "Mutt" got married in Huntsville, Ontario on December 28, 1993.
"When they left, I felt like a 45 year - old woman whose kids had gone away to college. Not only did the CD prick up ears in the States, it also enjoyed a great deal of success overseas, earning Shania CMT Europe's "Rising Star Video Of The Year" award. It took a phone call from a distant admirer, rock producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Cars, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Bryan Adams and many others) for Shania to find a true believer, both in her voice and her original songs.
Although Shania was signed as a singer-songwriter on the basis of her original material, the debut Shania Twain featured only one of her original songs, the fiesty "God Ain't Gonna Get You For That". This brings us to her now historic second album The Woman In Me (released February 7, 1995).
And in a few short years, despite the economic hardships of her childhood, she became a paid professional singer at age eight, and by the time she turned ten, was already writing her own original songs. I would play 'til my fingers were bruised, and I loved it!
But I never enjoyed the pressure of being a performer.