This is Shania Twain’s advice to country songwriters: Go deeper, especially if you are writing songs women might sing.
“It’s not about being tough or writing lyrics about being strong or sassy,” she said in a recent interview with Macleans, a Canadian magazine. “It is deeper than that. I think it’s about true self-awareness and having a real vision of where you belong in society. It’s not about conveying a superficial, ultra-beautiful, boss-warrior. We can go deeper than that.”
We can, and she did.
Twain was unafraid to tackle some real issues in the ‘90s, but she knows that those songs might have come across as man-bashing tunes.
Right now, though, it sounds like Twain would embrace more strong women who are refusing to be that girl in a country song.
“We don’t have enough women,” she said. “Maybe it’s more romance that country is missing right now. Women have a lot to say, but it takes a lot of courage to say it. Women are the greater risk-takers. When they step out of what’s expected in this genre, they are really stepping in the line of fire.”