Over the past few years, Shania Twain has opened up to fans about her struggle with dysphonia, a medical condition that left her unable to sing. Back in 2011, the Canadian songstress cited stress as the cause of her vocal struggle, but it turns out that wasn’t the case. Shania recently revealed that the condition was actually linked to Lyme disease.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the GRAMMY award winner explained she went through extensive physical therapy to get her voice back prior to the start of her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She added that voice-strengthening exercises and intense vocal warmups helped her learn more about herself and her own vocal chords.
“I learned a lot about myself, and my voice, both because I’d been having a lot of problems with my voice prior and because this was a real plunge into the unknown,” Shania told the newspaper.
Thankfully for Shania the treatment worked and she was able to conquer Las Vegas before hitting the road in 2014 to perform her farewell tour. And now, 15 years after the release of her album Up!, the Timmins native is gearing up to release a new LP in September. She gave fans a sneak peek of her new sound during her headlining set at this year’s Stagecoach Festival, where she debuted her new single “Life’s About To Get Good.”
Shania joins a long list of famous faces who have struggled with Lyme disease. Kelly Osbourne discussed her experience with the condition on the May 2 episode of Dr. Oz andAvril Lavigne has been a passionate advocate for research and funding to help fight the disease after contracting the infection in 2015.