After her parents tragic death, Shania was left to take care of her brother and two sisters. She says she kept up her singing gigs because she wanted to make enough money to provide for her family—but she wasn't trying to be a star. She says she instead thought she'd make a great backup singer.
"That was my reality," Shania says. "Coming from where I came from, it was unimaginable to ever be wealthy. That was just too far out of my reach."
Growing up in poverty and watching her mother being abused, Shania says her goals were relative to where she was in life. "You learn to accept your own reality and what that is," she says. "You dream more realistically." Little did she know that her "realistic dreams" would soon lead to fame and fortune.
In the years that followed, Shania skyrocketed to success with her albums The Woman in Me and Come on Over, which became the best-selling album of all time by a female artist. She went on to win five Grammy Awards, and is one of the first country artists to successfully cross over to pop music.