INTERVIEW: Shania Twain wants to record with Taylor Swift and Sia
By Rafael Aloi
June 22, 2017
After 15 years of her last studio album, Shania Twain is about to return to the country pop scene with the new album "Now," scheduled to be released in September this year. Papelpop talked over the phone to the Canadian singer who told more about the new project and would like to one day partner with Taylor Swift and Sia. "I think that would be very interesting."
Shania said that her new job is very personal. "I wrote him whole, without the collaboration of anyone, which makes him very direct and emotional. The album is me in its entirety," she explains. The singer also explained that Prince almost produced her new album, and that she has always seen a very strong connection between country and pop. "I love Miley Cyrus, I love Taylor Swift," he confessed.
The Canadian also said she has contact with Paula Fernandes, with whom she recorded a version of her hit "You're Still the One" in 2014, and she dreams of coming to Brazil. "She came to Las Vegas, we spent a lot of time together, and we still keep in touch. And I've never been to Brazil. I know little. I've even been researching more about Brazil, because I plan to go there. Paula has already sent me photos to leave me with more will. If I can do shows there, I think I'll end up spending some extra time just to walk around and get to know the country. "
Last week, Shania Twain released "Life's About To Get Good," the first single from "Now," which hits stores on September 29.
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PAPELPOP: Your last album was released 15 years ago, what is it like to come back with new songs, a new album, after so much time?
Shania Twain: It's very gratifying and super exciting to get back to working on the songs. It's a very good feeling.
In 2012, you started a residence in Las Vegas ...
That's right, I was there for two years.
After you, many artists have also started residences such as Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, what are the pros and cons of a Vegas residence?
There are many positive things about a Vegas residence. It is an exceptional production. It was a wonderful and extraordinary moment. It was not so challenging to stay in one place, instead of traveling all the time. The only negative thing is that you fail to know new cities, and the public of these cities. Other than that, having a Vegas residence is a great experience.
You had said earlier that you talked to Prince for a few months and that he was almost the producer of this new album. Could you explain this better?
Prince went after me to produce an album. But it was not a very good timing for me because I was in the middle of a divorce, so I had not written enough songs and had problems with my voice, I was not ready to make a new album. It was a very early conversation, and unfortunately I was not even ready. Now that he's gone, I'm so grateful to have met him, talked to him, exchanged experiences. I feel very lucky to have met him, even without having had the chance to work effectively with him.
For some time you have been diagnosed with dysphonia [difficulty in producing the voice]. How was it to record this new album and deal with the recovery of your voice?
This has greatly affected my vocal ability. I started doing therapy right before my shows in Vegas, and then I went on with my "Rock This Country" tour, always doing work with my voice. I was more and more encouraged to re-record in the studio. It was a long process, until I got enough confidence to make the new album.
Are there any plans for a "Now" tour?
Yes. Now that the album is ready, and I'm very confident with the songs, I would like to present them live.
Maybe come to Brazil ...
Exactly [laughs]. I would love to. I never been there. I know that many Brazilians come to my shows. It would be amazing to be able to go to Brazil and do shows there.
You have a duet with Paula Fernandes, a version of your hit "You're Still the One". Do you know other Brazilian artists?
She's the one I know best, because she came to Las Vegas, we spent a lot of time together, and we still keep in touch. And I've never been to Brazil. I know little. I've even been researching more about Brazil, because I've been planning to go there for a while. Paula already sent me photos to leave me with more will. If I can do shows there, I think I'll end up staying a little longer just to walk around and get to know the country.
And have you heard the backwoodsman, the Brazilian country?
No. I think I need to ask Paula to tell me to listen.
Shania, you're called the Queen of Country Pop, and recently some singers like Taylor Swift have gone from country to pop, Miley Cyrus who wants to go back to country roots, or even Lady Gaga and Beyoncé who have experienced a bit of country in their last Works. What do these two rhythms have so much in common?
I think there is a great bridge between these two musical genres. There's a lot of the songs telling a story. There is also folk, which mixes up a bit of country and pop. Country is not so much for dancing, but for you to say something to yourself, or to others. But there are many types of country and many types of pop. I consider myself well focused on pop. I like publics and mixed genres.
And what do you think of the work of these pop singers with a country footprint?
I love. I love them. I love Miley Cyrus, I love Taylor Swift. They are two amazing artists and do memorable jobs.
What can we expect from your new album?
It's a very diverse album. It's very personal, I wrote it whole, without the collaboration of anyone, which makes it very direct and emotional. The album is me by the whole.
You said that you did not have the collaboration of anyone on the album, but you are thinking of partnering with someone on a future project?
Yes, I really like partnerships. It's that this album is more about myself, showing my true self. I did it for myself.
Is there a name you've never worked with, but would you like to?
There are so many people! I think I'd like to work with Taylor because she's a great singer and songwriter. I think that would be very interesting. AND THE SIA! I would love to work with Sia, it would be really cool to do something with her!
Our time is running out, but thank you so much for talking to me. I'm looking forward to the release of your album in September.
Oh, thank you, you'll like it! Bye Bye!