OFFSTAGE: Shania Twain, Sushi and a Song

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Shania Twain was raised in a small town in Canada. But that was 75 million albums ago. And now? “I think for the very first time, I really feel like I belong here,” she said of Nashville at a private party at the uber hip Virago restaurant last week. “And that might sound a little bit weird, but when you come from a small town in Canada, it’s not like America needs any more talent. It has everything it needs. And so I always felt like an outsider — because I was.” Twain said all that to make the point that it’s great to be back in Nashville. “At peak of my career, I was in such a whirlwind that I was too tired to really enjoy what was happening. I was meeting everybody, and it was all just whizzing by, and I didn’t take it in. And now I’ve been welcomed with open arms like never before, and it’s just a really good feeling. I love what I do, and I’m so glad I’m back doing it again.” By “doing it again,” she means doing all the things country singers do. Starting with a new song, “Today Is Your Day,” which was released Sunday (June 12). Welcome home, Shania.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.