Shania Twain made a career for herself by singing country music. From The Woman In Me, to That Don’t Impress Me Much and more, Twain’s list of number one hits goes on and on. The Canadian superstar is among the best-selling music artists of all time. She took several years off starting in 2004 due to diagnoses of Lyme disease and dysphonia, but in 2011 she started on the road to comeback. She released her first album in 15 years last year, and now has a new reality show called Real Country. But it’s her comments to E! News that is making the headlines now.
In an interview with E! News, Twain stated “We have too much of the sameness right now. I’m a little bit bored of it, and I want to pick it up. The only way to do that is to be proactive… I wanted a show that, when you talk about diversity, that includes gender diversity, style diversity, lifestyle diversity.” The show, which premiered on November 13th, has Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt discovering up-and-coming country acts. Her main concerns with the country music scene is “the ageist and sexist thing” that hurts new talent’s chances from breaking into it.
Twain did admit though that things have changed a lot during her career, telling E! News that “When I first came on the scene in country music, the limits were way too narrow for me, and it was hard for me. There are a lot of artists out there who are intimidated of what they believe country music is… I want to show them there are no limits. Who I am as an artist, as a songwriter, as a performer is completely outside the box of where we’ve narrowed country music to be right now. But the fans aren’t narrow-minded.”
Twain’s show, Real Country, airs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on the USA Network.