It’s hard to imagine country music without Shania Twain. But, the road to success was a rocky one for the Canadian mega star. When most people would have given up, Shania kept pushing and it paid off in a big way. With more than 100 million albums sold, Twain is the best selling female country artist of all time, but it didn’t come easy.
Raised in a home where her parents struggled to make ends meet, Twain took it upon herself to help out by singing in local bars when she was only 8-years-old. After graduating from high school she began to actively pursue a music career. She exchanged house cleaning services for voice lessons and sang lead for a cover band which led to numerous opportunities for the aspiring star. But, when Twain was in her early 20’s her mother and step-father were killed in a car accident. Shania moved back to her hometown to help raise her siblings, thus putting her country music career on hold.
Several years later, after her siblings were out on their own, Shania knew it was time to follow through on her musical aspirations. She put together a demo and scheduled a showcase where she caught the attention of Mercury Nashville Records who signed her shortly after. The release of her self-titled debut album saw only moderate success, but Twain wasn’t deterred. In fact, that album led to a fateful meeting that would change her life forever.
Producer Mutt Lange heard Shania’s debut album and offered to write and produce songs with her. Together the two wrote or co-wrote every song that would be on her sophomore album, The Woman In Me. As a bonus, the pair fell in love and married.
Less than two years after they married, Twain released The Woman In Me. The Lange-produced project would sell more than 20 million copies and earn Twain a Grammy.
The album’s second single,”Any Man of Mine,” became Twain’s first country chart-topping hit, but it’s the song’s video that had tongues wagging. It was 1995 and Twain pushed the envelope with the sensual, midriff-baring video co-directed by Charley Randazzo and actor John Derek, husband of actress Bo Derek.
At the time, some of the clip’s original footage was considered too racy. But, the final product was just safe enough for Twain to win over both men and women with it’s catchy dancing and toe-tapping beat.
It’s been over two decades since the song’s release and it still remains a favorite amongst Shania Twain’s faithful followers.
Flashback with us to “Any Man of Mine,” the song that put Shania Twain on the country music map in the video below.
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