Shania Twain Feels ‘Stronger Than Ever’ Ahead Of New Album Release Ever”



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Shania Twain’s life could make one hell of a country music song.

In fact, there is so much material that it could make several great country music songs. She survived a difficult childhood, lost her parents in a car accident and at the peak of her career, was diagnosed with Lyme Disease – a disease 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 got her to where she is today.

“Every time something brings me down or tries to bring me down, it brings more determination. I feel stronger than ever in my life. And, and it feels good,” Twain told CNN’s Chris Wallace in an interview 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 beginning” of a “new chapter”.

“It’s a long way from the country,” she admitted of the song. “It’s high-energy poppy-poppy. In the video I play a lot of superstar, I dress up. And have a lot of fun with fashion and looks like never before. It’s welcome for me.”

It’s far from the first time the Grammy-winning artist has taken risks with her songs and music videos.

The music video for “Any Man of Man” from her second album in which Twain bares her midriff attracted a lot of attention from fans and critics alike. While the album was the best-selling country album that year and won a Grammy, purists said her music wasn’t country enough.

“[They said] I am a lap dancer. No, you can’t show your midriff. You’re going to offend everybody, you’re going to offend the women because they’re going to be turned off by you and the men are going to be turned off because you have this attitude toward men,” she recalls industry executives telling her. “But I just had to ignore that and go with my own my own vision. Trust in it.”

Her belief 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 gigantic dream. From a very young child. I don’t know if I would ever be satisfied that I didn’t go for that dream,” she told Wallace.

Twain’s “gigantic” dream was nearly crushed in 2004 when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, developing dysphonia, a voice disorder that makes speech, let alone singing, difficult.

“It was an unreasonable amount of work and pressure to last as a recording artist. So I could do a little bit of one thing, but with so much work behind it, I thought, no, I could never be a real recording artist anymore. And go out there and sing it live,” she said.

Twain eventually underwent surgery. While the surgery was a risk, the singer said it was something she had to try.

“I was going to have to put my singing career on hold, so I thought, ‘Oh, sure, I’ll try this.’ And boy, can I shout now,” she said.

Shania Twain, performing here in 2018, has a new album debut.

In the midst of dealing with her vocal issues, Twain found out that her husband was having an affair with her best friend at the time.

“[There were] definitive moments when I wanted to pick up and plunked somewhere on another planet,” said Wallace. “Music was always my great escape, but because I couldn’t sing at that time, I had no escape anymore.”

In a twist, she ended up marrying Frédéric Thiébaud, the ex-husband of the woman with whom her first husband had had an affair. Twain credits Thiébaud for being important to her recovery.

“I got to the bottom of how to get my voice back and I feel empowered. I’m remarried. My husband is an incredible support,” said Twain. “I have an incredible son, so I’m starting to feel like my life is coming back together in a very bright and sunny way.”

Will Rabbe contributed to this story.