Shania Twain Brings Her Comeback to the U.S. Open: “I’ve Learned That I’m a Fighter”
The country singer is preparing to release her first album in 15 years.
By Paul Chi
August 29, 2017
Shania Twain is back, and it’s been a long time coming. Fifteen years since her last studio album, Twain is preparing for the September 29 release of Now, and she’s not doing it quietly. Twain performed at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens on Monday night, during the gala opening night for the U.S. Open, for a crowd that included Alec Baldwin, Pharrell Williams, Megyn Kelly and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Twain, who was also celebrating her 52nd birthday, told Vanity Fair before the performance that the album is “very personal and very pure,” reflecting both on her recent divorce and a bout with Lyme disease that almost ended her career.
“It was a very important thing for me to do for myself as an artist to tell my own story, and express my emotions and opinions and exercise that independence,” said Twain, who became the best-selling solo female artist in the world when her third album, Come on Over, sold over 40 million copies. “So I stepped out of my comfort zone and it was really scary taking on that challenge of responsibility alone. But, it’s already been very rewarding to have overcome that anxiety of getting started and jumping in and reflecting on the challenging times that I went through.”
Twain’s 14-year marriage to longtime producing partner Robert “Mutt” Lange ended in 2008, after she discovered he was allegedly having an affair with her close friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud. The split became tabloid fodder and continued to make headlines in 2010 when Twain revealed she was engaged to Thiébaud’s ex-husband, Frederic. The two got married in 2011.
Since her last album Twain also lost her ability to speak and sing due to dysphonia, a vocal-cord disorder which she attributes to complications from Lyme disease. She still suffers from dysphonia, but physical therapy and long warm-up sessions before each performance have helped her regain her voice.
“I’ve learned so much about myself over the years. I’ve been through a lot, but I’m in a good place,” Twain said Monday. “I’ve learned that I’m a fighter—I don’t give up. There’s a lot of determination in me.”
Once inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, Twain performed a medley of her hits as well as new songs “Life’s About to Get Good” and “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed.”