Shania Twain has completed most of the songs for her first studio album in more than a decade. She just needs a producer.
Country music's biggest-selling female artist of all-time turned 48 on Wednesday. She's spent much of the past year in Las Vegas following the launch of her Caesars Palace show, and she'll return for more dates from Oct. 15 through mid-December.
She unveiled plans to Rolling Stone magazine about her first album since 2002's "Up!"
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"I'm pretty much there with my songs, and I'm really just sitting on the fence in regards to a producer," she told Rolling Stone
. "So I'm listening to a lot of records, doing my homework there, and trying to determine who is the right match."
Because of the time lapse between albums, Twain admitted to feeling pressure regarding the new project, though she has placed most of it on herself. She hopes the record will show her development as an artist.
"I do want it to be perfect, and I want it to be something that I really enjoy and a product of my inspiration — not a product of necessarily anything I've done before or anyone I've been before in regards to making records, because it's been a long time," she told the magazine. "I'm different, I've evolved, and I want that to be reflected in the music. At the same time I don't want to abandon the root of what I am. So it's just really determining where am I really at and just looking through that. It's not as obvious as it seems it should be."
Twain said that the new songs won't be incorporated into her Vegas show, and some of them will take on a darker tone.
"There are probably less upbeat songs," she told Rolling Stone. "I would say it's more half and half compared to what I would've done in the past, where I would've leaned more towards mostly uptempo songs. I still want to remain positive with my lyrics and stay in that mode with my music, because I enjoy uplifting myself, if you will, with my songs. But at the same time I'm going deeper, and I'm being more realistic with my point of view on things. It's really such a personal journey making a record, but even more so writing the songs."
Born Eilleen Regina Edwards, Twain first found success with her 1995 album, "The Woman in Me." Her 1997 album, "Come On Over," became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female musician and the biggest-selling country music album of all time. "Up!" was released in November 2002.
She has sold a told a 75 million albums worldwide, including 48 million in the United States.
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