Country artists often call on Shania Twain to be an inspiration behind their musical careers. However, pop-punk singer Avril Lavigne also credits the Canadian country superstar with helping her aim for fame.
“I met Shania Twain when I was 14. That was before I had a record deal or anything,” Lavigne explains. “I won a fucking contest at a local radio station to sing on stage with her.”
“I got to sing on stage with her in this sold out arena in Ottawa, Canada. She gave me the opportunity to get on stage when I was young, and it definitely helped me in my career. â, explained Lavigne.
Lavigne says she and Twain have remained close over the years.
“She’s someone I’ve stayed in touch with. I did an interview with her the other day,” Lavigne says. “She’s so epic â like her songwriting, writing from a woman’s perspective on the things we go through.”
Early in Lavigne’s career, it was difficult to take a break from the music industry.
Britney Spears and boyband pop were all the rage on the radio airwaves, and Lavigne’s gothic grunge meets fashion and glam punk rock sound was the definition of the punk rock stereotype.
Another early influence for Lavigne was Alanis Morissette.
“I would say one of the earliest influences, someone who inspires me, is Alanis Morissette,” Lavigne revealed. “What I thought was really cool about her was that she didn’t hold back, lyrically. She was just angry, and had so much angst, and she just let it go. — put there. She didn’t care. Looking back, I feel like she was huge and helped me realize that you don’t have to be primitive and correct, or perfect, or say all the right things. angsty teenager, take it out. Say it like it is.
“These two have been very inspirational throughout my life and had a real impact,” she added.
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