Nervous, excited and "NOW": A sentimental Shania Twain opens her exhibit at the Hall of Fame

ABC News Radio
June 28, 2017

Dressed in a head-to-toe, gold, bell-bottomed pantsuit, Shania Twain was especially contemplative as she spoke about her new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday evening.

Nervous and excited, Shania remembered the late Norro Wilson -- the producer who recently passed away who helped create her first album -- and pondered how far she’d come, and what she’d missed in her absence.

“What I longed for a lot was just getting reacquainted -- reunited, I guess is a better word -- with my largest group of supporters, the fans. And I realized how much I missed them,” Shania told a crowd of Music City insiders in the Hall of Fame’s legendary rotunda.

“In speeding past the nineties, and all of the craziness of that -- which was beautifully crazy -- but I never got to enjoy the moment, and I was just racing onto the next thing, racing onto the future,” she added.

Kelsea Ballerini was among those who watched as Shania described the path from where she’s been to where she is NOW -- which happens to be the title of her forthcoming record.

“On this new album NOW, I'm not rushing onto the future, I'm not running away from the past. I'm not apologizing for the past -- I'm acknowledging the crappy times and saying 'You know, I wouldn't be here without them,'” she said, referencing her 2010 divorce from her husband, legendary producer Mutt Lange.

“I don't want to relive them, but I'm not running away from them, and I'm not in a rush anymore," Shania said.  "I'm just here, I'm just now, I'm just who I am. And I'm grateful to be standing here. It's a miracle.”

“Shania Twain: Rock This Country” officially opens at the CMHoF this week and runs through the middle of next year.