Shania Twain to resume career with Vegas residency

Wed Jun 8, 2011 5:34pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country star Shania Twain will end her self-imposed career hiatus by starting a two-year residency in Las Vegas in December 2012, she said Wednesday.

The Grammy-winning Canadian, who largely stepped away from public life seven years ago to focus on her crumbling marriage, will dust off her big hits for fans at the 4,300-seat Colosseum arena in Caesar's Palace.

The show, dubbed "Shania: Still the One," will kick off on December 1, 2012. She will be the first country music headliner at the venue.

The announcement follows a TV documentary series and a book in which Twain, 45, chronicled the demise of her 14-year marriage and fears that she would never sing again because of emotional pain and an ailment called dysphonia, in which muscles squeeze the voice box.

Twain's 1997 album "Come on Over" was a huge crossover hit, boosting her worldwide album sales to more than 75 million, but her last studio album was the 2002 release "Up!"

She walked away from her career to work on her marriage to her reclusive producer and co-writer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The marriage fell apart in 2008 when Lange and Twain's best friend fell in love with each other.

"I figured mentally that I would never sing again, Twain told Oprah Winfrey in early May in her first TV interview for five years. "My fears and anxieties throughout my whole life have been slowly squeezing my voice."

Twain's decision to resume her career will be revealed in Sunday's final episode of the OWN cable channel series "Why Not?".

She is also expected to release her first single in six years "Today (is Your Day)."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; edting by Dean Goodman)

<p>Singer Shania Twain arrives at the 39th Annual Country Music Awards in New York November 15, 2005. Reuters/file</p>