Shania Twain is about to kick off her first North American tour in 11 long years.
Getting closer to her 50th birthday on Aug. 28, Twain says she has been on some kind of stage for the past 42 years.
“I’ve been onstage since I was 8 years old, and I’ve really put in my fair share of performance. So I see this as an evolution in my career really,” Twain told Billboard.
But it is by no means her last go ’round.
“This is certainly not my retirement from music. I will be doing music, for sure, until the day I die,” Twain said. “The time is just right, now, to do other things musically. I want to write more. I want to makes lots more records. I miss making records, and I haven’t made enough records in my life and my career.”
She added that making new music is on her to-do list because it is overdue.
“As much as I’m overdue for the touring, I’m overdue for new music,” she said. “I’ve done a lot more live performing than I have recording, so I want to do a lot more of that. Not just one album. I’ve got a bunch of albums I want to make that have been backed up in my own mind. I’ve got to get them out of my system, and that could take a while.”
Describing the future music as less slick and more organic, so far, it’s just been just her and her guitar. But Twain sounds like she will still write the kind of lyrics that have always made her songs so relatable.
“I’m still doing the self-reflection and writing in that vein. I’m just different now and I’ve lived a lot of different things since (2002’s Up!), so the stories and the themes will be obviously different and will reflect how I’ve evolved,” she said.
As for timing of this much-anticipated new music, Twain said, “Maybe near the end of the tour I’ll be able to introduce a couple of new songs from the album. I’m dying to do it.”
The tour begins Friday (June 5) in Seattle.