Shania Twain’s life can make a country music song hell.
In fact, there is a lot of material that can make many great country music songs. She survived a difficult childhood, lost her parents in a car accident and at the height of her career, was diagnosed with Lyme disease – a An illness that caused her to lose her voice temporarily. And then, in the middle of her recovery, her husband left her for another woman.
But Twain says those difficulties have made her where she is today.
“Every time something frustrates me or tries to bring me down, it fuels more determination. I feel stronger than I’ve ever been in my life,” Twain told CNN’s Chris Wallace in a conversation about his new show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”
The program begins Friday on HBOMax and also airs Sunday night on CNN.
Twain is currently working on her sixth full solo project, which is her first solo album since 2017. Her first single from the album, “Waking Up Dreaming,” also debuted on Friday.
She describes her new music as “just the beginning” of a “new chapter”.
“It’s a long way from the country,” she confessed to the song. “It’s a high-energy poppy. In the video, I play the star a lot, dress up. She has a lot of fun with fashion and looks like never before. It’s indulgent to me.”
It’s not 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 wears a veil has attracted a lot of attention from both fans and critics. While the album was the best-selling country album of the year and won a Grammy, the diehards said her music wasn’t country enough.
“[They said] I’m a bosom dancer. No, you cannot show your diaphragm. You’re going to offend everyone, and you’re going to offend women because you’re going to be turned away from you and you’re going to turn men off because you have that attitude toward men,” she remembered industry executives told her, “But I just had to ignore that and go with my own vision. Trust that. ”
Her confidence in her vision led 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 child. I don’t know if I’d ever be satisfied if I didn’t make that dream come true,” Wallace said.
Twain’s “Giant” dream nearly vanished in 2004 when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, developing dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder that makes speaking, let alone singing, difficult.
“It was an unreasonable amount of work and pressure to stay as a recording artist for longer. So I could have done some things, but with so much work behind that, I thought, ‘No, I can’t be a real recording artist anymore.’ There and sing it live.”
Twain eventually underwent surgery. While the process was risky, the singer said she had to give it a try.
“I had to stop my singing career, so I’m like, ‘Oh, of course, I’m going to try this. And boy, can I scream now, she said.
Amid dealing with her vocal issues, Twain discovered that her then-husband was having an affair with her best friend.
“[There were] Definitely moments when I wanted to capture it and dive somewhere on another planet,” I told Wallace. “Music has always been my great haven, but since I couldn’t sing during that time, I don’t have an escape anymore.”
In an evolution, she is finally Married Frederic ThibaudThe ex-husband of the woman with whom her first husband had an affair. Twain credits Thiébaud for being important to her recovery.
“I’m talking about how I can get my voice back again and feel strong. I’m married again. My husband is an incredible support,” Twain said. “I have a wonderful son, so I’m starting to feel like my life is getting back together in a very bright and bright way.”
Will Rabbe contributed to this story.