Shania Twain celebrates 25th anniversary of breakthrough record

The Associated Press
Created: October 01, 2020 12:05 PM

The record that turned Shania Twain from a struggling singer-songwriter from Canada into a global superstar also changed country music for years to come.  

Twain is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of LP "The Woman in Me" with a deluxe reissue due for release on Friday that includes remastered versions of the album's original 12 songs, remixes, live versions from her Las Vegas show and early recordings of the songs.

Her life changed after "The Woman in Me," her Grammy-winning second album released in February 1995, which was the best-selling release by a woman in country music at the time.  

"I was a poor kid and then a struggling artist all of those years until this finally happened," said Twain in an interview with The Associated Press from her home in Switzerland, near Lake Geneva. "It was life changing for me and career changing as well."

Twain worked with rock producer-songwriter Robert "Mutt" Lange, who she married in 1993. Lange was mostly known for crafting hit albums and songs for AC/DC and Def Leppard, but he was the first to recognize that Twain had a distinctive voice as a songwriter that others had overlooked.

Songs like "Any Man of Mine," which became her first country No. 1, showed off her sassy, flirty and confident side. The record centered around Twain's point of view on songs like "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!," "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)" and "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"  

"The Woman in Me," also introduced Twain as a visually creative artist who knew how to use music videos to broaden her reach. Her early promos saw Twain out on the range riding horses, or baring her midriff while dancing (sometimes without a bra) or wrapped in white in front of Egyptian pyramids.

Twain said that her label warned her against being too sexual in the videos, telling her that female fans would think she was flaunting her beauty and male fans would think she was "too forward thinking for a woman and too demanding,'" said Twain.  

The album earned the singer the first of five Grammy Awards as well as Academy of Country Music nods for album of the year and female vocalist of the year.

Despite taking a long break from recording between 2002's "Up!" and 2017's "Now," Twain is still the world's best-selling female country artist, according to the Recording Industry of America. Even now, 25 years later, Twain still refuses to be fenced in by genre lines.

"My intention was to always be a part of the larger world," said Twain, who has been working this year on writing new music for her next album, as well as curating her own Apple Music radio station.

"That's what I expected from myself as an artist: to be an international artist. Not to be limited to one specific genre."


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