“I have to accept that this is how I sing” – Shania Twain

Shania Twain acknowledges without embarrassment: now more serious, her voice has changed a lot since the days of her hits “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much”. If the Lyme disease that struck her several years ago has forced her to re-education, it has not prevented it to release a new album, “Now”, this fall.

Quebec Telegram
November 23, 2017

“It is a permanent injury. In order to get the same sounds, I have to use my voice differently. It is on my ears that I trust the most. It is a lot of work. I will never be as accurate as I was. I just have to accept that this is how I sing now”, confessed to the Canadian Thursday, during a visit to Montreal.

In spite of everything, this ordeal has allowed her to blow a new wind on its first effort of original songs in 15 years. “On this album, I was able to add new sounds. I do all of the harmonies”, she proudly stated.

Only the front

By her own admission, the creation of “Now” was “the musical experience in the most personal” of Shania Twain, because she has chosen to trust themselves, away from her former co-writer and ex-husband Robert “Mutt” Lange.

“I’ve never made an album like this. It was very important for me to do it alone. I had to rediscover my song writing solo because for 15 years, I’ve written with him.”

But for this, it was necessary that the singer 52-year-old agrees to take a risk.

“There are advantages and disadvantages to doing things independently. You have the freedom of creation and you’re sitting in the driver’s seat. It is your vision that comes to life. The risk is to take full responsibility. You can’t share it”, she detailed.

Doubts dispelled

 And doubts, there has been during the incubation period of the “Now”. Shania Twain was also terrified by this project.

“The biggest challenge was to make this album alone. It was not knowing if I was going to make good music. I knew that I was going to do the music that I would be satisfied, I knew my high expectations, but I didn’t know if I was going to have the courage [to do so],” she said.

This is the offer of the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which she has started to walk the stage in December 2012, which responded to her questions.

“It was the period where I tested my voice. Could I do it? Had I learned enough things about this that is not going to overcome [this difficulty]? When I managed to Las Vegas, I knew that I could do this album.”

Before her tour in 2018, which will lead to Montreal on the 26th of June, and at Quebec two days later, Shania Twain will offer a Sunday performance during the halftime of the Grey Cup game which will be played at TD Place, in Ottawa.

Original article in French: Le Journal de Montréal