It's been 15 years since Shania Twain, one of country music's most iconic chanteuses, put out an album. But now, after a grueling divorce and a vocal cord disorder, the diva is ready to make her return.
"I've learned a lot about myself," Twain told Rolling Stone about coming out the other side of a failed marriage that saw her husband leave her for a good friend. "It's scary to learn how vulnerable you can be."
One of the reasons for Twain's decade-and-a-half absence is because she wanted her next album to be all her own, opting to write all the songs herself and going for a different sound completely. "I told anyone getting involved musically to forget about my other records," she said. "I didn't want it to be related to Mutt's productions at all. I wanted a more organic approach." No doubt that, even in her absence, Twain's influence can still be felt in the country sphere and beyond. Her biggest hits like "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" were country/pop crossovers before Taylor Swift made it her MO.
Twain's album, still untitled, is slated for a May release date. Read the full Rolling Stone interview here, and remember the time she was a steampunk she-pimp to a band full of models below.