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Exclusive: Shania Twain reveals all about her life-changing new album 'Now'


HELLO! Canada
By Erica Cupido
September 26, 2017


It's hard to believe, but it has been 15 years since Shania Twain last released a new album. And a lot has happened in that time Ė from the end of her marriage to music producer Robert ďMuttĒ Lange in 2008 and the loss of her voice due to Lyme disease to her marriage to Frťdťric Thiťbaud in 2011 and comeback concert series in Las Vegas. Canadaís country-pop sensation has known highs and lows she could never have seen coming.

Sitting in a hotel suite high above downtown Toronto, Shania, 52, tells Hello! sheís grateful for the events that led her to this moment and that fans will hear all about what her life is like today on her new album, Now (out Sept. 29).

ďItís been a big learning curve for me in a lot of ways. I [vented] a lot of things in the songwriting and expressed a lot,Ē she tells us. ďIíve developed a lot over these past couple of years. The album has really launched me into a whole new mindset.Ē

Glamorously casual, Shania is relaxed and at ease throughout our conversation. Of course, her loving husband, Frťdťric, is also close by. While they Ė and Shaniaís son Eja, 16 Ė were primarily based at the singerís home in the Bahamas while she worked on new songs like ďLifeís About to Get GoodĒ and ďSwinginí With My Eyes Closed,Ē Shania and Frťdťric will soon be on the move. She may have once described her 2015 Rock This Country tour as her final bow, but Shania tells us sheís eager to get back out on the road Ė with the Shania Now Tour.

ďI look forward to everyone getting familiar with the album Ė and then getting out there and performing live!Ē she tells us.

Welcome back Shania! Why was this the right time in your life to share new music?

You know, thereís no intellectual answer to that. I just felt ready. I procrastinated for a long time about making a new album. Itís kind of like starting to work out again. Once you get to the gym, you feel much better and then you get on a roll. Thatís what happened to me.

Your new album is called Now. Whatís life like for you now?

Well, Iím in a very good place. Life is about to get good! Itís been very good and is getting better all the time. The album has been very much a reflection on my life and what has brought me to [this point]. Iím liking where I am. Iím not running away from the past into the future. Itís about making those transition periods of our lives more meaningful and embracing them more. Thatís what I feel like Iím doing right now.

What did you learn about yourself throughout the process of making this album?

Transparency, not making excuses and not apologizing are very important. If Iím tired or upset, Iím going to say it. It makes life a lot less stressful. The album is very much that way. Itís very honest and it made me feel so good. It was so cathartic to be that transparent. It made me realize that this is the way I need to be living my life, not just making my records.

Was there anything that you were hesitant to write about or to share with fans?

There are always moments that feel too far. I just wade through those. Itís like having a conversation. Youíre there to be honest but you donít want to be misunderstood. I go through that thought process because I want it to be relatable. I donít want people to miss the real message just because of the way I said something. Itís all a work in progress.

When youíre making music, whose feedback do you value most?

Well my son and my husband get sneak peeks as Iím writing things and they give me their feedback, which is always valuable.

Where did you do your songwriting?

I wrote most of the album in the Bahamas. I like solitude and I wrote most of it in my bathroom because the room is so quiet. My house can get a bit noisy sometimes. [I have] a couple dogs, a teenage son, my husband, doors shutting and dogs barking, so I like to be in a quiet room. Itís the quietest room in the house. Itís got a great view of the beach and sunset, couldnít be better.

Where is home for you and your family?

Well I travel around a lot. Iím very mobile. But my triangle is primarily the Bahamas, Switzerland and everything Iím doing in North America.

When youíre on the road, who or what makes you feel at home wherever you are?

My family. My husband is always with me, which is really great. I donít travel a lot during the school year with my son. I like to be home and with him and spend a lot of family time. Heís been doing his own travelling. So now itís just me and my husband. Weíre testing the waters of the empty nest. [ Laughs]

Is your son aware of how influential youíve been and that you have fans around the world?

I think heís starting to catch on to all of that. I didnít raise him among it and in it. I wanted him to live a very normal life and enjoy life as a person, not as a celebrityís son. But heís aware of it. Itís a part of his life, but itís not his life. Heís very supportive and very proud of his mom. Heís a big cheerleader and he respects my musical opinions. I think heís proud of that.

Does he have any aspirations to make music?

Heís way into music. Heís already doing his own thing and heís very dedicated. Heís not a performer. Heís a producer and writer, so thatís the side of music he loves most.

Were you surprised by that?

I wasnít. He always had a great ear but it wasnít until he was 12 that all of a sudden he started obsessing over sounds and the production side of things. Things that I donít really do. Heís a bona fide engineer. Heís self-taught and goes into that domain. Itís impressive.

Where did you do your songwriting?

I wrote most of the album in the Bahamas. I like solitude and I wrote most of it in my bathroom because the room is so quiet. My house can get a bit noisy sometimes. [I have] a couple dogs, a teenage son, my husband, doors shutting and dogs barking, so I like to be in a quiet room. Itís the quietest room in the house. Itís got a great view of the beach and sunset, couldnít be better.

Where is home for you and your family?

Well I travel around a lot. Iím very mobile. But my triangle is primarily the Bahamas, Switzerland and everything Iím doing in North America.

When youíre on the road, who or what makes you feel at home wherever you are?

My family. My husband is always with me, which is really great. I donít travel a lot during the school year with my son. I like to be home and with him and spend a lot of family time. Heís been doing his own travelling. So now itís just me and my husband. Weíre testing the waters of the empty nest. [ Laughs]

Is your son aware of how influential youíve been and that you have fans around the world?

I think heís starting to catch on to all of that. I didnít raise him among it and in it. I wanted him to live a very normal life and enjoy life as a person, not as a celebrityís son. But heís aware of it. Itís a part of his life, but itís not his life. Heís very supportive and very proud of his mom. Heís a big cheerleader and he respects my musical opinions. I think heís proud of that.

Does he have any aspirations to make music?

Heís way into music. Heís already doing his own thing and heís very dedicated. Heís not a performer. Heís a producer and writer, so thatís the side of music he loves most.

Were you surprised by that?

I wasnít. He always had a great ear but it wasnít until he was 12 that all of a sudden he started obsessing over sounds and the production side of things. Things that I donít really do. Heís a bona fide engineer. Heís self-taught and goes into that domain. Itís impressive.

This is the first album youíve released since marrying Fred. What role does he play when youíre writing and recording new music?

The support is everything. Heís also a great sounding board, heís the sound of reason. Heís objective. You have to value that in someone you trust, someone who is going to be honest, whoís going to tell you the truth. Thatís what I want to hear. It just keeps you grounded as well. Thatís very important. I like to be grounded. We get lost quickly if we lose our ground. Fred plays that role in a very big way in my life and, of course, in my career. Itís vital.

Whatís the most romantic thing Fredís done lately?

He does lots of romantic things for me. First of all, every day he is the coffee maker. He makes my shakes. Heís the shake chef! When weíre home Iím the cook, otherwise heís just taking care of me all the time. Heís very nurturing, loving and supportive. He always writes me little notes. Heís just a romantic.

Youíve been on Hello!ís cover as ďCanadaís Most Beautiful.Ē Has your approach to beauty changed over the years?

No. I donít take it too seriously because I canít change it. It is what it is. Thereís not really much I can do. But itís a compliment. Iím flattered, very flattered by that.

If you could go back to the start of your career and give yourself a piece of advice, what would it be?

I would tell myself to self-check and self-critique but not self-doubt. Youíve got to follow your gut. Itís hard for younger people because they have all these other more experienced people around them. I would say you just have to go through the growing pains on your own and make your own mistakes.

At this stage of your life in the spotlight, whatís the best part about being Shania?

The best part about being Shania is that I have a huge group of people that I can communicate with through my music. Thatís awesome. When I was playing in clubs and bars I didnít have that. I was communicating with 100 people, maybe 500 people if I was lucky, and now itís millions. That comes with fame, and that is a beautiful part of it. How else can you achieve that unless youíre famous? Itís a unique opportunity.

Was there a moment when you knew the album was complete?

It was difficult, but yes. I just had to live out every phase. I focused on 21 songs in the end and then it took me a little while to narrow it down to 16. Once that happened, that was it. Iím relieved that the time has finally come. Itís a very good feeling.

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