Now What, Shania Twain?

What's Next After Two Years in Las Vegas?

Shania Twain‘s two-year stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas will be over at the end of this year. Then she’s going to head immediately to Nashville, release a song to country radio and pick up right where she left off, right?

Just kidding. Kind of.

She told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper the success she had at Caesars has given her a confidence she had not had in years.

“I really have been able to build up a lot more courage and a lot more confidence in myself,” Twain said. “Yeah, I’m ready for more things now. I am in the middle of putting the album together, and that’s very exciting. That’s a whole new world there for me because that took a lot of courage, too. Just to really dive in there and expose my songwriting for the first time after a long time to my peers and have to sit there and get the feedback and be brave enough to do that.”

Twain’s last studio album, Up!, was released almost exactly 12 years ago. Its big hits included the up-tempo “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” and the ballad “Forever and Always.” Not exactly traditional country stuff, and in 2002, that stood out. But if she produced that same kind of country pop now, she could rule radio and, possibly, the road.

She admits the Vegas run forced her out of her comfort zone.

“I have a natural performance anxiety anyway that I’ve had ever since I was little,” she said. “So it’s a part of who I am as a performer. It’s something I have to take with me the whole way.”

And, yet, a tour seems like a likely next step.

“I don’t want to leave the stage just yet,” she said. “I’m going to put some tour dates together and put it on the road and do some concerts because it was very exciting going to Calgary and Prince Edward Island recently. Being with these giant crowds was very exciting, and it’s motivated me to carry on doing that.”

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