Shania Twain feels 'stronger than ever' ahead of new album release"

Shania Twain feels ‘stronger than ever’ ahead of new album release”

In fact, there is so much material that it could make several great country music songs. She survived a difficult childhood, losing her parents in a car accident and, at the height of his career, was diagnosed with Lyme disease, an illness that caused her to temporarily lose her voice. And then, in the midst of her recovery, her husband left her for another woman.

But Twain says those struggles have gotten her to where she is today.

“Every time something gets me down or tries to bring me down, it breeds more determination. I feel stronger than ever in my life. And it feels good,” Twain told CNN’s Chris Wallace in a conversation for his new show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”

The show debuts Friday on HBOMax and also airs Sunday night on CNN.

Twain is currently working on his sixth full-length solo project, his first solo album since 2017. His 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,” he admitted about the song. “It’s high-energy boppy-poppy. In the video, I play a superstar, I dress up. And I have so much fun with fashion and looks like never before. It’s self-indulgent for me.”

This is not the first time that the Grammy-winning artist has taken risks with her songs and music videos.

The music video for “Any Man of Man” from their second album in which Twain carries his stomach garnered a lot of attention from fans and critics alike. Although the album was the best-selling country album that year and won a Grammy, purists said the music on it was not country enough.

“[They said] I am a lap dancer. No, you can’t show your stomach. You’re going to offend everybody, you’re going to offend women because you’re going to reject them and you’re going to reject men because you have this attitude towards men,” she recalled being told by industry executives. “But I just had to ignore that and go with my own vision. Trust that.”

Her belief in her own vision has led her to 18 Grammy Award nominations and earned her the title of one of the best-selling artists of all time.

“I had a really giant dream. From a very young age. I don’t know if I would ever have been satisfied if I hadn’t gone for that dream,” she told Wallace.

For seven years I thought ‘my career is over’

Twain’s ‘giant’ dream was nearly crushed in 2004 when he was diagnosed with Lyme disease, in which he developed dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder that makes it difficult to speak, let alone sing.

“It was an unreasonable amount of work and pressure to keep me as a recording artist any longer. So I was able to do some small things, but with so much work behind it, I thought, no, I could never be a genuine recording artist anymore. And go out and sing it on alive,” he said.

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

“I would have had to stop my singing career, so I said, ‘Oh sure, I’ll try this.’ And boy, can I scream now?” she said.

While dealing with her vocal problems, Twain discovered that her husband at the time had been having an affair with her best friend.

“[There were] definitely moments where I wanted to pick up and drop somewhere on another planet,” she told Wallace. “Music was always my great escape, but since I couldn’t sing during that time, I had no escape anymore.”

In an unexpected twist, she eventually married Frédéric Thiébaud, the ex-husband of the woman with whom her first husband had been having an affair. Twain credits Thiébaud with being important to her recovery.

“I’m getting to the bottom of how to get my voice back and I feel empowered. I remarried. My husband is incredibly supportive,” Twain said. “I have an amazing son, so I’m starting to feel like my life is getting back on track in a very bright and sunny way.”

Will Rabbe contributed to this story.

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