After an eight-year break from the spotlight, Shania Twain returned to the stage last December in Las Vegas for the first run of her “Shania: Still the One” show at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum and kicked off another run on October 15. She’s also working on new music. She recently talked with The Globe about her new songs, feeling the pressure and of course, Miley Cyrus.
“I did a lot of songwriting during the creative process of the show development,” she said of her new material. “I was in an artistic mode. Now that the show is flowing, it’s time to get into the studio. The new songs are more intimate than they’ve ever been for me, and that will help in creating the sound that I want.”
When Shania burst onto the scene with “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” and “Any Many of Mine” in the mid-’90s, she didn’t feel pressure to be anyone besides herself. With many of today’s young Hollywood stars in the headlines, she’s grateful for her experience.
“I was always comfortable with what I was doing,” she said. “Looking back, I never felt pressure to exploit myself. And I remain comfortable with it today. It would be horrific, looking back 20 years later, as I am now, and feeling embarrassed at what I did. I would never want to set myself up for that.”
She also offered her thoughts on Miley Cyrus and the 20-year-old’s recent headline-making behavior. “I don’t know her personally,” she said. “I don’t know why she’s doing what she’s doing. So, I don’t really have an opinion on that. But you’ve got to do what works for you. Being in that critical eye is a challenge in itself. If Miley is assessing what she’s doing, and saying ‘this is who I am,’ then I say, do that. Hopefully she’s enjoying it.”
Shania says she enjoys watching burgeoning entertainers find their place in their chosen medium. “I smile at young artists being young, finding themselves,” she said. “I think youth is beautiful. I think finding yourself is beautiful and very necessary.”