Shania Twain Overcomes Fear of Singing After Throat Surgery: ‘Had to Take the Leap’

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Shania Twain is opening up about her fear of singing after she battled Lyme disease. Days before the release of her very anticipated album, Queen of Me, the country artist talked about the scary experience she went through in InStyle’s February cover story. For more than 7 years, the singer wasn’t able to project vocally, which made her worry that she would never sing again. Eventually, doctors diagnosed Twain with Lyme disease from a 2004 tick bite which they believe damaged the nerves in her vocal cords.

The singer stated that she learned how to sing with physical therapy and lengthy warm-ups, undergoing open throat surgery in 2018 to strengthen the nerves. “After I had the surgery, I was petrified to make a sound,” she told InStyle. “I didn’t know what was going to come out.”  But, that didn’t stop Twain from doing what she does best and decided to fight through.

Shania Twain for InStyle Magazine

“It did scare me, but I just had to take the leap and make a sound. And I was so excited about what came out,” she stated. “It was a connection to the vocal cords and it came out very easily. I was really, really, really excited.”

Now that she’s healthy, the singer is back on top as she prepares to release her highly anticipated album and start on a global tour. 

“It’s a reminder, don’t take time for granted,” Twain said. “Don’t take the opportunity for granted. It’s possible I might lose it, that it may not last. I guess any prosthetic or support that you get that is synthetic, your body still may give out around it. It could happen.”

Twain also previously opened up to people about living in the moment and enjoying life the right way. “I may not be able to [sing] forever,” she stated. “But right now I’m just enjoying where I am.”

Shania Twain and Harry Styles Perform at Coachella

Twain also opened up about having a new generation of fans after performing at Coachella last April with Harry Styles. She made a surprise guest appearance performing her favorite track “Man I Feel Like a Woman!” and “You’re Still the One.”  She reflected on the iconic moment while appearing Today saying it was “one of the highlights of my career.” 

“He’s one of these kids that’s part of the generation that was 4, 5, 6 years old in the audience. Now it’s this full-circle moment where they are old enough now to speak for themselves and they can come and see me without the parents and express their admiration for my music and to thank me for the inspiration,” she stated.

Let’s face it, every generation loves Twain.

Read More: Meet Shania Twain’s Husband, Frédéric Thiébaud

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