Shania Twain announced last week that she would be returning to the stage in a 120-show run at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas beginning December 1, 2012. Her comeback, including the release of her first new music since 2002, has created a lot of buzz in the music industry, but as Shania took in a Cher show at the Colosseum to see if it was something she wanted to sign on for, she couldn’t give an answer right away. It was contingent on a doctor’s visit about her Dysphonia (a disorder that makes it difficult to produce vocal sounds from an enfeebled voice).
“It was totally dependent on the doctor because that was the key to me ever singing again,” Shania said in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun. “I felt really good walking in there. Dysphonia is not a singing problem. It’s a voice box issue in the muscle of the voice, very different from having a nodule on the vocal cords, which I’ve never had. It needs a long renewal time, and even today, I am still addressing it. You have to go through the entire recovery process. So once I visited the doctors after I left Vegas, I was more confident.”
Even though Shania couldn’t say yes right away, she knew deep down it was something she would do. So much so she even danced out of the venue after Cher’s performance.
“I probably wouldn’t have gone to the Colosseum had I not known that that’s what I wanted,” she told the paper. “I asked myself if I was confident in myself to do this while on the Vegas trip. I wasn’t. But making the announcement is both therapeutic for me and my voice. A tremendous medicine. Very meaningful… It’s been a healing year. I am now in a very happy place. I am genuinely excited about coming to Vegas to perform the show. My voice is stronger today than ever. I wish I could get started tomorrow.”
Shania made her return to the CMA Music Festival this year as well, marking her first appearance in 15 years. Check out these photos from Shania’s return! Shania Twain at the 2011 CMA Music Festival >>