In her nearly 25 years in the music industry, Shania Twain has sold over 85 million records and is the best-selling female artist in the history of country music. Fans would think that life has always been easy for Shania, but this actually isn’t the case at all.
According to Q Political, Shania grew up in the small town of Timmons, Canada, where her family struggled to make ends meet. Shania’s stepfather was a violent man who left her riddled with fear about defying him. Once, she even saw him beat her mother in a fit of rage.
At 10 years-old, Shania wrote her first song, which was called “Mama Won’t You Come Out To Play.” She still gets emotional when she talks about writing it for her mother.
“My mother was always … very isolating of herself. I don’t still really understand why,” a tearful Shania recounted. “She’s not alive anymore for me to ask her. I wish I could, but she was always that person that was watching life happen from inside through a window.”
“She was sad a lot of the time and really just didn’t have the courage to get out and face life, and so that’s why I wrote that song … inviting my own mother to come out and play,” she continued.
Shania’s mother tragically died in 1987 along with her stepfather in a terrible car crash. Since then, she has risen from poverty and become the iconic singer we know and love today.
God bless you, Shania!