But Twain says those difficulties have made her where she is today.
Twain told CNN that Chris Wallace in conversation about his new show, “Who Talks to Chris Wallace?”
The program begins Friday on HBOMax and also airs Sunday night on CNN.
Twain is currently working on her sixth full solo project, which is her first solo album since 2017. Her first single from the album, “Waking Up Dreaming,” also debuted on Friday.
She describes her new music as “just the beginning” of a “new chapter”.
“It’s a long way from the country,” she confessed to the song. “It’s a high-energy poppy. In the video, I play the star a lot, getting dressed up. I enjoy fashion a lot and it looks like never before. It’s fun for me.”
It’s not the first time the Grammy-winning artist has taken risks with her songs and music videos.
The music video for “Any Man of Man” from her second album in which Twain wears the veil has attracted a lot of attention from both fans and critics. While the album was the best-selling country album of the year and won a Grammy, the diehards said her music wasn’t country enough.
“[They said] I’m a bosom dancer. No, you cannot show your diaphragm. You will offend everyone, you will offend women because you will turn them away from you and you will turn men away because you have this attitude towards men,” she remembered industry executives told her. I just had to ignore it and go with my own vision. Trust that.”
Her confidence in her vision led to 18 Grammy Award nominations and earned her the title of one of the best-selling artists of all time.
“I had a really gigantic dream,” Wallace said. “From a very young child. I don’t know if I’d ever be satisfied if I didn’t achieve that dream.”
For seven years I thought my “career was over”
Twain’s “Giant” dream nearly vanished in 2004 when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, developing dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder that makes speaking, let alone singing, difficult.
“It was an incredible amount of work and pressure to stay as a recording artist for longer. So I could do a few little things, but with a lot of work behind that, I thought, No, I can never be a real recording artist anymore. And get out there and sing it on air directly.
Twain eventually underwent surgery. While the process was risky, the singer said she had to give it a try.
“I had to stop my singing career, so I’m like, ‘Oh, of course, I’m going to try this. “Boy, can I scream now,” she said.
Amid dealing with her vocal issues, Twain discovered that her then-husband was having an affair with her best friend.
“[There were] I told Wallace, there are definitely moments when I wanted to capture and dive somewhere on another planet. “Music has always been my great refuge but because I couldn’t sing during that time, I don’t have an escape anymore.”
Twain said, “I’m talking about how I can get my voice back again and feel strong. I’ve been married again. My husband is an incredible support.” “I have a wonderful son, so I’m starting to feel like my life is getting back together in a very bright and bright way.”
Will Rabbe contributed to this story.