Jaymes Vaughan, Robin Leach and James Davis on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
Superstar Shania Twain returned to singing on the Caesars Palace stage this month after an eight-year touring hiatus, and now that triumph is translating into plans for recording a new album. It would be her first since “Up” in 2002 and the recent duet with Lionel Richie on the remake of “Endless Love.”
Shania, who is enjoying big success with sold-out shows at the Colosseum, is on this month’s cover of our colleague Vegas Magazine. In the story, she discusses how star residencies here have changed the city’s perception.
“Celine (Dion) turned the perception of Vegas as where artists go to retire all around because she brought in the true potential of what Vegas has to offer: the most remarkable, state-of-the-art technology that could be used for concert performing, and not just Cirque du Soleil shows. Bringing together the best quality production with a performing artist concert changed everything.
“To be invited to do it, that’s quite an honor. Vegas is the Mecca right now for the most qualitative performing arts anywhere in the world. There are huge numbers of country music fans, and they deserve to come to Las Vegas to see the top, first-class spectacles in their genre.”
Shania also talks candidly about the fight with her dysphonic vocal condition and her resilience and comeback: “I really pushed myself out the door and said, ‘You’ve got to try to find out why your voice is not there for you.’ It’s been such a huge, long process. When I recorded with Lionel Richie, and the Christmas duet with Michael Buble -- and those being more out of my range than I would normally sing anyway -- they came out great. I was so happy with them and thought, ‘OK, well if I can do that, then I can do anything.’
“I’m so confident how my voice is coming across, I know I am ready to go back in the studio and record an album. I just don’t have the time yet. I don’t want to lose contact with my fans. I don’t want to lose that element of being able to touch people and connect with them and not be separated from them. For me, it’s like a dream.”