Shania Twain hasn’t released new music in 15 years, but all that has changed.
Last week, Shania’s label confirmed her new single “Life’s About To Get Good” premieres in June and the new LP, her first since 2002’s Up!, drops in September. Fans of the country singer won’t have to wait until summer to hear hew new single though. Twain live-premiered it during her performance at the 11th annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio on Saturday, April 29. The song is an upbeat ditty about discovering the rainbow after the storm.
“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’.”
Twain linked up with singer-songwriter Matthew Koma to help create material that sounds like classic Shania, but refreshed for the times. “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.”
Shania also invited Nick Jonas on stage to perform “Party For Two,” and she had nothing but kind words to say about the “Jealous” singer.