Shania Twain finds it easier to sing than she does to talk following a debilitating battle with Lyme disease that affected her voice.
After undergoing throat surgery and strengthening her vocal cords, Twain has been making a triumphant comeback in recent years, releasing her fifth album Now in 2017, headlining a tour the following year, and launching her Let’s Go! Las Vegas residency last December.
But after being bitten by a tick and contracting the illness, the star was left unable to sing — which she feared would put an end to her musical career for good.
“There was a long time I thought I would never sing again,” Twain told U.K. TV show Loose Women. “It took years to get to the bottom of what was affecting my voice, and I would say probably a good seven years before a doctor was able to find out that it was nerve damage to my vocal cords directly caused by Lyme disease.”
The Life’s About To Get Good star continued: “It’s very debilitating. Our voice is such a huge part of our self expression, and for a vocalist, a singer, obviously… it’s devastating in so many ways.
“So, until I got to the bottom of why I was having a problem with my voice, there wasn’t really much I could do about it. So it took a long time and I did believe that I would have to probably accept at some point that I was never going to be able to sing again.”
While Twain is now confident onstage, she admitted she was still struggling to talk normally — something that may take a while, if ever, to completely recover.
“My speaking voice is definitely the biggest effort, because as you can hear, I get quite raspy,” the hitmaker shared, explaining that “singing is actually easier.”
She added: “I have more power when I’m singing now, I have more character I find, and I enjoy singing again. Speaking is the more difficult challenge for me than singing. I’ll take that!”