It’s been a while since we last heard new music from Shania Twain, the country queen of the 1990s who released three consecutive albums certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America: “The Woman in Me” (1995) went 12-times platinum, “Come On Over” (1997) went 20-times platinum and became the best selling country album in history, and then “Up!” (2002) went 11-times platinum. But that was her last studio album of new material — until now. She’s prepping for the release of a new album this spring, as she discussed with Rolling Stone on February 15.
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It’s no wonder Twain spend so much time away. She was diagnosed with dysphonia, which affected her vocal chords. “I’m a different singer now,” she told Rolling Stone. “There was a lot of coming to terms with that. It’s been one of the obstacles in my life I’ve just had to learn to live with.” Twain also contended with a widely publicized split from her husband Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who co-wrote and produced her music.
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During her heyday, Twain won five Grammys, including Best Country Album for “The Woman in Me”; “Come on Over” also earned her a nomination for Album of the Year. She also won Entertainer of the Year at both the ACM Awards and CMA Awards in 1999, and she has received six American Music Awards — not bad for a Canadian singer.
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