Shania Twain Talks Prepping To Play The Grey Cup, Overcoming Fear To Live In The Moment On Stage

ET Canada
By Rachel West
November 24, 2017

Shania Twain is getting ready to embark on a cross-country tour in 2018, but first, shes hitting the nations capital to headline Canadas biggest sporting event of the year, the Grey Cup Halftime Show in Ottawa.

The singer tells ET Canadas Roz Weston, shes bracing herself for the cold this Sunday. Im going to dress right for it. You know, maybe I wont go out there in a ski-doo suit but, she jokes. Ill 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 Im prepared. Im getting ready for a colder day.

Released in September, Twains 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 shes celebrating the achievement, even a pro like Twain admits she sometimes forgets the words to her songs while performing live but its all about living in the moment.

Ive already been through the Rock This Country tour and I know that I wasnt perfect every night, she tells ET Canada. And sometimes I forget the words and stuff like that! And it just happens but I think its all part of whats going on in the moment, and the fans are in it with you as well. And I dont 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 shes 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 didnt 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 shes accepted that its not all about delivering a perfect performance for herself. Instead, its about pleasing the fans and making sure they have a good time at her live shows.

But vocally Ive also had to come to a point of acceptance that Im not always going to have the control that I want over my voice. But Im not going to let that get in my way and Im 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 were all good.