Shania Twain feels 'stronger than ever' ahead of new album release
By Sophie Tremblay
September 23, 2022
Shania Twain's life could make a hell of a country music song.
In fact, there's so much material it could make several great country music songs. She survived a tough childhood, lost her parents in a car crash and at the height of her career, was diagnosed with Lyme Disease -- an illness that temporarily caused her to lose her voice. And then, in the middle of her recovery, her husband left her for another woman.
But Twain says those hardships have brought her to where she is today.
"Every time something brings me down or tries to bring me down, it fuels more determination. I'm feeling stronger than ever now in my life. And, and it feels good," Twain told CNN's Chris Wallace in a conversation for his new show, "Who's Talking to Chris Wallace?"
The program debuts Friday on HBOMax and also airs Sunday night on CNN.
Twain is currently working on her sixth full-length solo project, her first solo album since 2017. Her first single from the album, "Waking Up Dreaming" also debuts Friday.
She calls her new music "just the start" of a "new chapter".
"It is a long way from country," she admitted of the song. "It's high-energy boppy-poppy. In the video, I'm very much playing superstar, I am dressing up. And having a lot of fun with fashion and looks like never before. It's indulgent for me."
It's far from the first time that the Grammy-winning artist has taken risks with her songs and music videos.
The music video for "Any Man of Man" off her second album in which Twain bears her midriff attracted a lot of attention from both fans and critics. While the album was the bestselling country album that year and won a Grammy, purists said her music wasn't country enough.
"[They said] I'm a lap dancer. No, you can't show your midriff. You're gonna offend everyone, you're gonna offend the women because they're going to be turned off by you and going to turn off the men because you have this attitude toward men," she recalled industry executives telling her. "But I just had to ignore that and go with my own my own vision. Trust in that."
Her trust in her own vision has led to 18 Grammy nominations and earned her the title of one of the best-selling artists of all time.
"I had a really giant dream. From a very small child. I don't know if I would have ever been satisfied not going for that dream," she told Wallace.