Fifteen years after releasing “Up,” country superstar Shania Twain is finally back with a new record, “Now,” which is set for release on Sept. 29. One single from the disc, “Life’s About to Get Good,” is already climbing the charts (watch her performance below). She sang that, plus her new track “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” on Friday’s edition of the “Today” show. Besides her two new songs, Twain treated the crowd, which numbered well into the thousands, to two of her biggest hits: “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”
Prior to performing in the plaza, Twain talked candidly about why she has been away from music for so long. She was diagnosed with dysphonia, which affected her vocal chords, and split from her husband Robert Lange, who co-wrote and produced much of her music. As she explained, “I’m a fighter. I have a lot of determination in me. I’m fiercely independent. That’s what motivates me: challenge, and facing my fears.” She readily admitted, “It was scary coming out again after so many years, and writing the whole album alone, which I did on purpose to push myself and really find and rediscover myself as a songwriter.”
Twain ruled the charts for the better part of a decade, with three albums in a row that received the rare diamond certification 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.
She won five Grammys, including Best Country Album for “The Woman in Me.” And “Come on Over” earned her a nomination for Album of the Year. She won Entertainer of the Year at both the ACM Awards and CMA Awards in 1999 and took home six American Music Awards.