Shania Twain became the hottest woman on the planet in 1998, between the release of the chart-topping songs Youre Still The One and That Dont Impress Me Much, her sonic enthralling femininity making her the object of all worldly desires. Like Dolly Parton and Madonna before her, and Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and Nicki Minaj after, the moment would pass but lives on in our fantasies, the image of her hitchhiking through the desert in
Shania Twain is no longer recognisable as she once was, but her impact on pop and country music remains immense. She is also known as the mother of contemporary country, ensuring it is safe for rock instruments, pop cultural references, and pop production in the new Netflix documentary Shania Twain: Not Just A Girl.
Twain grew up 1,000 miles from Nashville in the Canadian mining town of Timmins, Ontario. Her family struggled financially and she was a refuge. As a child, her mother snuck her into local bars to sing after hours, much to her mother's displeasure.
Twains' career dreams came to a halt when her parents were killed in a car accident. At the age of 22, she decided to pursue music and eventually found employment. With the guidance of her mentor Mary Bailey, she began a singing program at a Canadian resort in November 1987.
Twain signed her first recording deal in 1992, but despite her songwriting ambitions, she received just one co-writing credit on her 10-song debut. Bailey took over her management, according to Twain, who believes neither of them was taken seriously by the country music establishment. You have to work three times as hard as the average guy in country music in order to get a shot.
Orville Peck, a norm-busting gay country singer, explains that women in country music are held to different standards than men and that they were still expected to profess, good Christian values in the 1990s. Twain took control of her image; her music video for the 1993s What Made You Say That was far more contemporary than most of her peers and would expose the world to her imposing midriff, which she claims was initially reluctant to air.
The Woman in Me was a breakout hit for Twain, who set the stage for Come On Over, which remains the best selling country album and best selling album by a female solo artist of all time. The 2002 follow-up, Up!, would make Twain one of the best selling music artists ever.
Twain and Lange shared wonderful music both in and out of the recording studio. They fell in love and were married in 2001 and in 2010 had a son, Eja. However, the couple would split in 2010 after Lange had an affair with Marie-Anne Thiebaud, Marie-Anne's former husband.
Twains multi-million dollar career was nearly ruined by a divorce and a Lyme disease diagnosis that weakened her singing voice. Shania conquered depression and fear and in December 2012 began a multi-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In 2017, she released her fifth studio album, Now, which debuted at number one.
Shania Twain: Not Just A Girl is a good music documentary, but not a great one, which details her professional highs and personal lows with a workman-like skill and skill. However, at a time when women are finally receiving some of their critical due, it is vital to remind people how Shania Twain changed pop and country music forever. Without her road map, many of today's greatest female artists would not be where they are today.