Last week, country superstar Shania Twain announced her first new album in fifteen years, Now, is scheduled for release at the end of September, and also revealed that pop icon Prince was supposed to produce it.
“The very first producer that called me, who reached out to me before I’d even written the album – I was writing all the time, but I hadn’t started writing for the album – I get a call from Prince,” Shania told reporters in Nashville this week, according to ABC News.
“And Prince and I – we had a few conversations, we emailed each other,” she added. “We exchanged [notes] on email for…months.”
At the time, though, Shania was going through tremendous personal struggles. She was in the midst of divorcing her husband Mutt Lange – who also served as her produce and main collaborator, and suffered from dysphonia, making it nearly impossible for her to sing.
“When he was calling me and mailing me, I wasn’t ready to do the album,” she confessed. “He said, ‘Come to my studio, let’s get started,’ and I just said, ‘I can’t sing right now, I just don’t have my voice yet.’ And I never did it.”
The timing never worked out, however, because when she was ready, Prince was on tour, and then sadly passed away last year before they could reconnect.
“If I ever had professional regret, that is definitely one of them,” she concludes.