Shania Twain previewed her new Rock This Country exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday. The event attracted several members of the local music community including Kelsea Ballerini.
Opening Friday and running through July 15, 2018, the display highlights Twain’s rise to prominence with outfits and memorabilia chronicling her career. â€‹With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 35 million, she remains the top-selling female country artist of all time.
When she delivered her remarks at the Hall of Fame rotunda, Shania recalled how Buddy Cannon, Harold Shedd and the late songwriter-producer Norro Wilson were there for her as a Canadian transplant who was new to Music Row.
“I had no parents to call to say, ‘It’s not working out,’ or ‘Can you send a bit of money?'” she said. “I had no one to fall back on. And my new family was the future and whatever I made of that future. And my beginnings were humble and very difficult, but they prepared me for standing alone.”
She was quick to add that she didn’t achieve fame and recognition without a solid team of people around her.
She also said she was “very lucky” to have collaborated with her ex-husband Robert “Mutt” Lange through her 2002 album "Up!"
“He gave me all kinds of freedom and respected my opinions,” she said. “And I grew in that period. But when that fell away, I was alone again and I didn’t know where to begin. … So I went back to square one and figured finding myself alone wasn’t such a bad thing. And maybe it was an opportunity to reacquaint myself with independence and test that independence and get back in touch with where I started, which was making my own way in life.”
Regarding her new exhibit, she added: “My only regret in all of it is that my parents are not here to see it."