Shania Twain still has a lot in store for music fans
Bucks County Courier Times
By Ed Condran
July 19, 2015
Shania Twain is walking away from live performance, but the best-selling female recording artist in the history of country music will still write and record songs after her “Rock This Country” tour ends.
“This is certainly not my retirement from music,” she says during a conference call with reporters. “I want to make lots more records. I miss making records and I haven’t made enough records in my life and career.”
However, Twain, 49, has sold enough albums for a number of careers. The Canadian diva’s sales have topped the 75 million-album mark, thanks to an array of catchy country-pop tunes.
“You’re Still the One,” “From This Moment On” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” are just some of the smashes she co-wrote and recorded with Mutt Lange, her former husband and producer.
Each of those songs are from her 1997 high-water mark “Come On Over,” which yielded six singles that reached the Billboard Top 40 singles charts. It became the biggest-selling album released by a female artist, due to the magic wielded by Twain and Lange.
“If Mutt is in the studio, you know what you’re making will be catchy,” Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen said recently. “He was incredible with us and we saw what he did with Shania. He helped her make some great pop songs.”
Lange and Twain have long since split, but the latter is making her first album since 2002’s “Up” while she’s on tour. Twain, who will perform Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center, might preview tracks at some point during the jaunt.
“If the album progresses quickly enough and the timing works out, then I might very well just put one or two songs in closer to the end of the tour,” she says. “It would bum me out to not do some of those songs live.”
If Twain does deliver new material in South Philadelphia, expect a different sound than what established her during the ’90s.
“I’m leaning toward wanting the music to sound more organic than my previous stuff — less slick, maybe,” she says. “I just want to direct it that way, that it’s all my favorite instruments in there and a really live feel to things and with a contemporary edge to everything.
“It will just sound different. I think my voice will be very recognizable. ... I’m just different now and I’ve lived a lot of different things since (‘Up!’ was released), so the stories and themes will be different and will reflect how I’ve evolved.”
Twain has morphed, but she insists her “Rock This Country” tour will find her reaching back to the hits.
“It’s a celebration tour,” she says. “I’m reuniting with the fans out there in their home towns — which I have not done in a decade. It is a goodbye to the stage. It’s full of great technology, the highest end possible. It’s a very dynamic show, more dynamic than ever before, and no one’s seen me in this light before. It’s gonna rock, that’s for sure. It’ll be something nobody’s ever seen before from me.”
Well, ardent fans who traveled to Las Vegas to catch Twain’s two-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which concluded in December, have experienced the superstar at midlife.
“I’ve really enjoyed performing live and I’ll have fun with this tour, but I have to move on to the next thing,” she says.
The next phase is writing, according to Twain, who says she would like to pen songs for other recording artists, as well as for her future albums.
Count on her moving to another sonic plane since she’s not working with Lange.
It will be all Twain.
“I think there are going to be a lot of unexpected elements to the music because I’m writing it all myself,” she says.
“Lyrically, I’m still doing the self-reflection and writing in that vein. I’m just different now and I’ve lived a lot of different things since then. It’s a therapeutic process for me.”
Shania Twain appears Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia. Show time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $46.50, $72, $92 and $147. Information: 215-336-3600.