By Annie Reuter

It looks like 2015 will be a very good year for Shania Twain fans.

For starters, Twain just announced her Rock This Country Tour, which will also serve as her farewell tour. In addition, as she tells Radio.com, she’s got a new album in the works.

Related: Shania Twain Reveals 48-City North American Tour

The two, however, are separate projects. As Twain explains, she won’t be playing any of her new material on the road.

“I want everyone to hear the hits,” she tells Radio.com. “When I go to a show I want to hear songs that I know. So I won’t be introducing any of the new songs from the new music in this concert.”

Which isn’t to discount her excitement for the new music she’s working on. “The songs are going great,” she says enthusiastically. “I’ve been putting them together for a really long time now. They’ve been whirling around in my head, so I’ve got a pile of things, way too much for one album.”

While Twain says she’s in the studio and the “record is on its way,” she explains that it’s difficult to vividly describe and categorize the sound of the new material.

“It’s hard for me to put my finger on it; I don’t know how to explain it,” she confesses. “One of the producers involved, we were talking about how to describe it in words and he said, ‘This is soul. This is soul music.’”

Twain wouldn’t reveal the producer she’s working with, but she did agree with his ‘soulful’ explanation.

“It’s not like my music was ever traditional anyway. I don’t think anybody expects that from me. Nothing that I’m doing is traditional,” she says. “Certainly, as I reflect back on listening to this stuff, it reminds me a lot of the influences that I had growing up. There’s influences from my childhood in the music that I’m writing now.”

The country singer says she hears hints of artists like Emmylou Harris, Gladys Knight, Roy Orbison and Glen Campbell in the music she has been writing more recently.

“It is a more soulful approach to my songwriting then I’ve probably ever allowed myself to have before,” she admits. “It’s fun music, too. I like to stay positive. I’ll make sure that I do some things on there that make you feel good and happy as well. I’m having a lot of fun.”

Related: Why Shania Twain Needs to Release a New Album ASAP

Since current country radio has seen a shortage of female airplay lately, we wonder which contemporary country women Twain enjoys listening to. The first artist she names is Miranda Lambert.

Read more about Shania Twain on Radio.com

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