Shania Twain is celebrating a birthday Wednesday (August 28), turning 48 years old. The singer is currently preparing for her second Las Vegas residency. She performed at Caesars Palace in late 2012 and is set to return to the Vegas Strip on October 15 for a series of dates that will run through December.
That’s not all she’s got going on, though. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the best-selling female country artist ever says she is working on her first new album since 2002’s “Up!” “I’m pretty much there with my songs, and I’m really just sitting on the fence in regards to a producer,” she says. “So I’m listening to a lot of records, doing my homework there, and trying to determine who is the right match.”
After so long, Shania admits that there’s a bit of added pressure. After all, she wants the album to be perfect. “I want it to be something that I really enjoy and a product of my inspiration — not a product of necessarily anything I’ve done before or anyone I’ve been before in regards to making records,” she explains, “because it’s been a long time.”
As for the music Shania herself is listening to during this process, she admits to being a fan of Lana Del Rey. “I’ve been listening to that one a lot more and kind of stuck on the sound of that record,” she says before pointing to Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s “Raising Sand” as another she loves.
If you’re hoping to hear some of Shania’s new music when she returns to Vegas, it’s not likely. The singer says it’s too soon, adding, “I don’t want to get locked into a performance mode with a song, either, until I’ve taken it a little further down the line.” Things could always change, though.