Shania Twain Talks Prepping To Play The Grey Cup, Overcoming Fear To Live In The Moment On Stage
By Rachel West
November 24, 2017
Shania Twain is getting ready to embark on a cross-country tour in 2018, but first, she’s hitting the nation’s capital to headline Canada’s biggest sporting event of the year, the Grey Cup Halftime Show in Ottawa.
The singer tells ET Canada’s Roz Weston, she’s bracing herself for the cold this Sunday. “I’m going to dress right for it. You know, maybe I won’t go out there in a ski-doo suit but…,” she jokes. “I’ll try to be more glamorous than that, you know. But yeah, you gotta be warm otherwise your teeth start chattering. I mean, it depends how cold it is! You never know… maybe it will be a milder day anyway but I’m prepared. I’m getting ready for a colder day.”
Released in September, Twain’s first full-length album in 15 years, Now, landed at #1 on the Billboard 200, making her the first female country artist to top the chart in three years. While she’s celebrating the achievement, even a pro like Twain admits she sometimes forgets the words to her songs while performing live but it’s all about living in the moment.
“I’ve already been through the Rock This Country tour and I know that I wasn’t perfect every night,” she tells ET Canada. “And sometimes I forget the words and stuff like that! And it just happens but I think it’s all part of what’s going on in the moment, and the fans are in it with you as well. And I don’t feel that pressure so much in a live tour situation.
“I feel my stamina and giving it equal energy every night is more important than being perfect vocally, or always remembering the words perfectly.”
The singer reveals she’s moved past the performance anxiety of her early days and the fear that came with forgetting her lyrics while on stage.
“I used to have a lot of anxiety about forgetting the words,” she reveals. “Not so much now cuz I use more of teleprompters and stuff like that. Before that was even really available or I didn’t even know it was available. I would forget words and I would stress about it. I would lose sleep over it. I would have nightmares about that, you know?”
Twain says she’s accepted that it’s not all about delivering a perfect performance for herself. Instead, it’s about pleasing the fans and making sure they have a good time at her live shows.
“But vocally I’ve also had to come to a point of acceptance that I’m not always going to have the control that I want over my voice. But I’m not going to let that get in my way and I’m going to go out and do it anyway,” Twain says. “As long as the fans go home happy and they can live with my imperfections then I think that we’re all good.”