After almost two decades, five time Grammy Award winner Shania Twain is set to tour Down Under. The world's top-selling female country pop artist has announced the 'Now' tour which will take her to Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, and two outdoor shows under the stars at Adelaide's Botanic Park and Hunter Valley's Hope Estate Winery.
Shania Twain found success by combining country and pop with her album 'Come On Over' selling 40 million records in 1997, the best selling album by a female artist, and winning the top country music award.
Born in 1965 Twain grew up in the small town of Timmins, Ontario. Following her parents divorce Twain's mother remarried when Shania was four years old. The family - including her two sisters often struggled to make ends meet, so much so that at school she'd often have a mayonnaise or mustard sandwich for lunch. Shania and her siblings had a difficult childhood, often witnessing domestic violence during her mother's second marriage.
Born with the X-factor, she started singing, playing guitar and writing songs from a young age. Her mother encouraged her talent, making sacrifices for the family to pay for lessons. This led to gigs on TV, radio, clubs and community events.
Moving to Toronto to further her career, she took on odd jobs to support herself before tragedy hit her family - her parents died in a car crash. As a young adult herself, she moved back to Timmins to support her siblings and landed a singing job close by.
Continuing to write songs she sent a demo to Nashville where she was lucky to sign with Polygram Records, where her first album caught the attention of Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. They both wrote tracks for her future albums which were a commercial success, launching her career as an international star.
shania Twain live in concert. Photo: By David Swales CC BY 3.0
The couple married six months after meeting, moving to a luxurious Swiss estate to escape the paparazzi and start a family. Her marriage broke down after her best friend and husband were found to be having an affair. Not only had she lost her husband, and her best friend - she also lost the person who played an integral part in her success. In a twist of fate, she ended up marrying her best friend's ex husband, who she says 'gave her a new lease on love.'
It wasn't easy for Twain to step back into the public eye. She was diagnosed with dysphoria, a tightening of the vocal chords which made it difficult for her to sing. Fortunately, she overcame it, wrote her memoirs, released a greatest hits album, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2011. It was time for her to step back into the spotlight - and in 2012 started a series of elaborate shows at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas for two years.
She's now set to embark on her final tour visiting 48 cities, with her last show taking place before her 50th birthday, when she plans to release another album.