Shania Twain may be on a trajectory much like fellow country star Garth Brooks.
Like Brooks, who was the top male country vocalist of the 90′s, Twain was the top female vocalist in the same period who suddenly took the most part of a decade off.
Like Brooks, she went through a highly publicized divorce, later remarrying a close friend and associate.
Like Brooks, she eased herself back into performing with a multi-year residency in Las Vegas.
An now, like Brooks, she may be ready to reenter the world of recording and touring.
Twain dipped her toe back into the non-Vegas performing pool on Wednesday night with a show at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB as part of the annual Calgary Stampede (she’s back on stage tonight). The show was a near duplicate of the one that she has been doing in Sin City for the last year and a half with just the moving of one song from the main part of the show to the encore.
Shania also appears to be ready to hit the road again as her Vegas residency ends in July. She told the Calgary Herald that her team is “looking at some dates already, probably in the spring. … I guess it’s just something I’m enjoying more now than I have in a long time. Vegas has been a really good transition for me to get back onstage again, and I guess I’m enjoying it. So why not do more?”
She also says that she wants to finally get back in the studio, something that has not been possible for a number of years due to dysphonia, a condition of the vocal chords that she has overcome with care and therapy.
If and when a new album is released, it will only be the fifth of her twenty-one year career. Those four albums, plus a Greatest Hits disc, have sold 48 million copies according to the RIAA, tying her for 25th on the all-time sales list ahead of such huge acts as Journey, Guns N’ Roses, Santana, Eric Clapton and Prince.
Wednesday night’s set list:
I’m Gonna Getcha Good! (from Up!, 2002)
You Win My Love (from The Woman in Me, 1995)
Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You) (from Come on Over, 1997)
Up! (from Up!, 2002)
I Ain’t No Quitter (from Greatest Hits, 2004)
No One Needs to Know (from The Woman in Me, 1995)
Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? (from The Woman in Me, 1995)
Any Man of Mine (from The Woman in Me, 1995)
That Don’t Impress Me Much (from Come on Over, 1997)
Honey, I’m Home (from Come on Over, 1997)
(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here! (from The Woman in Me, 1995)
Carrie Anne (Hollies cover)
Come on Over (from Come on Over, 1997)
Today Is Your Day (single, 2011)
You’re Still the One (from Come on Over, 1997)
From This Moment On (from Come on Over, 1997)
Man! I Feel Like a Woman! (from Come on Over, 1997)
Rock This Country! (from Come on Over, 1997)