“The theme of this record is really artistic independence.”

Shania Twain hasn’t released a new studio album in 15 years, so what’s another couple of months?

Look, I’m trying to soften the blow here, because Shania delaying her record from spring to the fall is actually devastating. The country singer, who’ll join The Voice as a key advisor, had plans to put forth her fifth studio album (her last was 2002’s Up!) out in May, but a new interview with OCRegister says otherwise. They are claiming it’s slated for an “early fall” release, which at this point means 2020.

Twain will take the stage at the 11th annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio on Saturday, April 29. “I’m so excited because I’ve heard a lot about Stagecoach over all of these years and I really can’t believe that I’m only doing it now for the first time actually,” Twain said. “It’s never too late for firsts.”

Fortunately, it’s not all bad news. Shania will perform some of her new tunes at the festival. That could include “Life’s About to Get Good,” “Who’s Gonna Be Your Girl?,” “I’m Alright” and “Light of My Life.”

“This was an exercise in independence,” Twain said of the writing process. “I really just wanted to test myself and push my limits and face my fears. I haven’t worked alone in a really, really long time after all of those years of being partnered with Mutt professionally. It was a huge leap of courage for me to do this alone and I knew I was going to be carrying the weight of it alone, too. I just kept challenging myself and telling myself ‘OK, you’re going to write this album and we’ll find out what you’re made of these days’.”

She added the record reflects her personal highs and lows: “It wasn’t just about my divorce, but just the sadness and disappointment you feel and also how those feelings have evolved and almost become moments of celebration. The choruses in both of those songs are very celebratory and very happy. They’re optimistic. I love the contrast in those songs and this album overall is honest and touches on a lot of candid phrases and wordings of things, but at the same time it still takes me to a place where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that’s actually where I’m at right now.”

And on the singer’s current playlists? Twenty One Pilots, Drake, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and EDM artist KSHMR.

“I let the songwriting lead the way and let the stories go where they wanted to go,” she said. “I wanted to make sure I nurtured the authenticity and the acoustic elements in the album and I do basically 99.9 percent of all of the backing vocals and arranged all of them so they’re very organic and almost retro. I wanted to be true to my influences and to myself and stylistically it just ended up being very diverse from one song to the next. The theme of this record is really artistic independence.”

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