Hundreds of music fans packed into the TODAY show’s plaza on Monday (April 30) to watch Shania Twain rock out to some of her biggest hits, including “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” and “Any Man of Mine.” The performance comes only days before the Canadian singer kicks off her 77-date and counting Shania Now World Tour in Tacoma, Washington on Thursday (May 3). “I’m so excited,” gushed the mother of one, adding, “I’m excited to bring everybody back together!”
The 52-year-old promises the show will feature both new tunes off her album NOW and “the music we’ve been listening to all these years.” So in addition to number-one singles like “Still The One” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” fans can expect to hear some future hits, including “It’s Alright.” As a teaser for her tour, Shania performed the emotional track – which features powerful lyrics like “I'm alive, I think I'm gonna be okay” and “I was to the end, but I got back up again" – on the TODAY show stage.
In the three years since she hit the road on her successful Rock This Country tour, Shania released her long-awaited fifth studio album NOW. The compilation was 15 years in the making and documented the country-pop superstar’s struggle to find her voice again following a battle with Lyme disease and heartbreaking split from producer and husband Mutt Lang. Discussing her new music, the Timmins native told HELLO! Canada, “The album has been very much a reflection on my life and what has brought me to [this point]. I’m liking where I am. I’m not running away from the past into the future. It’s about making those transition periods of our lives more meaningful and embracing them more. That’s what I feel like I’m doing right now.”
Now that she is healthy and happily married to Frédéric Thiébaud, Shania can’t wait to hit the road and celebrate her music with the people who have been by her side since day one: her fans! “I’ve been practicing and just getting into the spirit of where I am now,” she explains, adding that she is most excited about “reuniting with the fans that have been listening to my music for all these years. They’ve all grown up now!” [Laughs].