Shania Twain wants to ‘forget’ music she made with ex-husband
Shania Twain is moving on from the sound created by her ex-husband and former producer Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange.
The country star, 51, has not released a studio record since 2002, a delay that in part is down to the turmoil in her professional and personal life caused by her break-up from her husband Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange, who doubled as the producer of all her albums.
The couple’s 2010 divorce came after Robert admitted an affair with Shania’s best friend Marie-Anne Thiebaud. Shania ended up getting close with Marie-Anne’s betrayed husband Frederic Thiebaud, and the pair wed in 2011.
She is planning to release a new album this spring, and says she told those working on her record, including One Direction producer Jake Gosling and Bruce Springsteen collaborator Ron Aniello, to erase all her previous work from their minds.
“I told anyone getting involved musically to forget about my other records,” the musician tells Rolling Stone. “I didn’t want it to be related to Mutt’s productions at all. I wanted a more organic approach.”
When Robert was her producer Shania sold 85 million records and became country music’s biggest pop crossover star, but she now wants to move away from her pop roots.
“Most of them started off quite melancholy and a lot darker,” she explains of her new songs.
However she’s philosophical about how her split from the man she shared her life and music with has affected her.
“I’m a different singer now,” she shares. “There was a lot of coming to terms with that. It’s been one of the obstacles in my life I’ve just had to learn to live with.”
The country veteran’s new album is yet to receive an official title, but tracks include Swinging With My Eyes Closed, and Who’s Gonna Be Your Girl?, a ballad about the breakdown of her marriage.