Plenty of people can instantly sing along to a Shania Twain song, but not everyone knows about the artist’s intense career trajectory and her personal life. That will soon change, though, as Netflix is gearing up to release Not Just a Girl, a new documentary about the country music icon.
Shania, who at one point in time was told that 'she would be hated by women,’ has been in the spotlight since the early 1990s, when she released her first album. Fast forward three decades and the Canadian superstar, now 56, is at the center of a much-anticipated Netflix production all about her.
The trailer for Not Just a Girl was released yesterday and fans are now even more excited about the documentary's premiere date on July 26.
What is the Shania Twain documentary about?
Not Just A Girl, the title of the Netflix documentary is an ode to one of Shania’s own songs by the same name.
As seen in the new trailer, the production will feature concert footage, music video clips, and new interviews with the star herself and those who have witnessed her rise to fame.
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Fans can expect Shania herself to open up about her childhood in Timmins, Ontario, her marriage and eventual divorce from producer Robert "Mutt" Lange, her second marriage to Frédéric Thiébaud, her studio work and her struggle with Lyme disease, which she was first diagnosed with in 2003.
"It was similarly intense to losing my parents," Shania says in the trailer, likely referring to the vocal cord struggles that she's had to deal with since first contracting Lyme disease. "I thought I'd love my voice forever, I thought that was it."
Fellow celebrities appear in the trailer as well, each one discussing the ways in which Shania changed country music by specifically targeting fans of pop music as well.
"She was the first person to break that door open and go across the music genres," Lionel Richie says in the clip. "She was that trailblazer."
The production will also touch upon Shania’s impact on the LGBTQ+ community, with celebrities like Orville Peck talking about how the artist influenced more than just the music world.
"Shania Twain shifted culture," says Orville in the video. "She reached through the stereo and made me feel safe when I was a young kid."
Commenting on the upcoming release of I’m Not Just a Girl, music journalist Eve Barlow noted that the artist "brought a rebellious spirit to the genre that hadn't existed for a couple of decades."
Avril Lavigne, Diplo and Kelsea Ballerini also appear in the documentary.
When is Not Just A Girl coming out?
Netflix will release I’m Not Just a Girl on Tuesday, July 26.
On the same day, Shania will release her new album, Not Just a Girl (The Highlights), a collection of her greatest hits that includes a new title track as a bonus. Fans will be able to order the digital version of the work next week and get the physical album on September 2.
Check out the full track list for Shania’s upcoming album below:
1. Not Just A Girl
2. You’re Still The One
3. Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
4. What Made You Say That – Single Version
5. (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!
6. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
7. Any Man Of Mine
8. You Win My Love
9. Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
10. I’m Holdin’ On To Love (To Save My Life)
11. From This Moment On
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