It's hard to believe that the best-selling female in the history of country music hasn't made an album in more than 11 years. Shania Twain told Rolling Stone in an interview however that although there's a lot of work to be done, she's looking forward to producing new music when she finishes her upcoming Las Vegas stint at the end of 2013.
"I'm pretty much there with my songs, and I'm really just sitting on the fence in regards to a producer," she said. "So I'm listening to a lot of records, doing my homework there, and trying to determine who is the right match."
Twain cited a few artists whose music and production style she's enjoyed, and the range is wide. One name perhaps not too surprising for country fans is T Bone Burnett, a producer renowned for his work in Americana, and the man behind one of Twain's favorite recent albums, "Raising Sand" by Robert Plant and Allison Krauss. On the opposite side of the spectrum, she expressed her enjoyment of Lana Del Rey's music as well.
"There's a lot of choice," she said. "It's overwhelming, and it's overwhelming trying to pinpoint who to go with on this project, because it will determine a lot of the direction, and I'm committing myself."
Twain has an idea for the mindset of the album however. She told fans not to expect anything quite as upbeat as her multiplatinum 1997 album "Come On Over." She aims to be positive in her lyrics, she said, but there won't be as many uptempo tracks.
Unfortunately for fans heading out to Vegas to take in Twain's two-month residency at the end of the year, the vocalist won't be busting out anything new.
"I think it's too soon," she said.
Too soon? It's been 11 years Shania!