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Shania Twain favourites: CCMA Awards tribute performers pick their ultimate tracks

Last Updated Aug 21, 2018 at 7:40 am EDT

Jess Moskaluke performs during the Country Thunder Humboldt Broncos tribute concert in Saskatoon, Sask. Friday, April 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

If the jukebox was filled with Shania Twain songs, which one would you pick to play?

Choosing favourites is tough for the singers who will pay tribute to Canada’s country music queen at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards next month.

They say, how do you decide on just one great Twain song?

Her library ranges from crossover hits like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!,” “You’re Still the One” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” which exploded on both pop and country radio

And then there’s ballads like “From This Moment On,” which has been embraced for years as a popular first dance at weddings.

But Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella and Madeline Merlo decided to dig a little deeper.

The trio, who open the CBC’s broadcast of the CCMA Awards with a powerhouse homage to Twain on Sept. 9, selected favourites that might not necessarily be most obvious to casual Twain fans.

Jess Moskaluke’s Pick
Song: “No One Needs to Know”
The album: 1995’s “The Woman in Me”

“I don’t have one single favourite, but (this is) one of the very first ones I ever remember hearing,” Moskaluke says.

“It was such an easy song to sing along to — and fun when she flips into her falsetto. Even before I was a singer I knew that was a fun song to sing.”

Kira Isabella’s Pick
Song: “It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing”
The album: 2002’s “Up!”

“I love country music for the way so many artists have been able to describe a broken heart. And she does such and incredible job of that,” Isabella says.

“When I was 11 or 12 listening to that song I just loved the melody, but I didn’t really understand it. Now that I’m older I love it on so many different levels because I’ve had my heart broken like that.”

Madeline Merlo’s Pick
Song: “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”
The album: 1995’s “The Woman in Me”

“The harmonies — sonically it didn’t sound like anything else at the time,” Merlo says.

“It made so many waves in the industry and she shook everything up with that song. I performed a lot of Shania Twain as a kid and that was definitely one of them.”