A country mile — and more — separates singer Shania Twain from the health crisis that threatened her career a few years ago.
She talks about the road back this morning with Lee Cowan:
“I like being close to the fans, physically. I like touching them, I just like that. I’m just one of them, and then I forget about who I am.”
Those fans have waited a long time for Shania Twain to put out some new music. But a series of personal setbacks left the country music megastar feeling less like songwriting, and more like hiding away.
“Getting a divorce with the person that you work with for 15 years of your life, is getting a divorce from every element of your life,” she said.
Legendary rock producer Mutt Lange, known for his work with Def Leppard and AC/DC, had been her partner both in music and in marriage. Together they created some of the biggest hits of the ’90s — many of them empowering anthems, such as “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.”
Shania Twain was the Queen of Country Pop, blending her lyrics with Lange’s Southern rock roots to earn her five Grammys and unrivaled popularity. To this day, she remains the best-selling female country music singer ever.
But their hit-making collaboration ended — and so did their marriage, after Twain says Lange had an affair with one of her best friends.
“I was now, for the first time in many years, standing on my own as a creative, artistic, recording artist,” Twain said.
“Was there a part of you that wondered if you could do it?” Cowan asked.
“There was self-doubt, for sure, but I was going to overcome that. That was my determination. I’m like, I am not going to let that stand in my way. I just have to try this.”
The result? “Now,” Twain’s first studio album in 15 years. The first single is aptly called “Life’s About to Get Good.”
Oh! Life’s about joy, life’s about pain
It’s all about forgiving and the will to walk away
I’m ready to be loved, and love the way I should
Life’s about, life’s about to get good.
To watch Shania Twain perform “Life’s About to Get Good,” from her new album “Now,” click on the video player below.
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