Shania Twain has always been passionate about creating music and her 16-year-old son, Eja, shares her creative drive, but the proud mama says her talented offspring is forging his own unique path.
“He’s been making music for a few years now,” she tells Sounds Like Nashville. “He’s very devoted and a real hard worker. He’s got a crazy passion for making music, and it’s really fun to watch.”
Music is definitely in his genes. Eja is Twain’s son with her first husband, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, an acclaimed songwriter/producer whose credits include AC/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Michael Bolton, Maroon 5, Nickelback and Twain.
Twain says Eja is a fan of the current music most of his peers listens to and keeps up with trends, but definitely has broader tastes than many young people his age. “He definitely listens to EDM, so that’s where he is as a fan, but he listens to all kinds of music,” she says. “He likes a wide variety of stuff. Hans Zimmer is one of his biggest heroes. There’s a real broad spectrum in his life musically, so he makes all kinds of stuff and he orchestrates a lot of things. He loves to arrange music and write music. He’s just on his own journey.”
So would she rather her only child become a doctor or lawyer? Or is she fine with him pursuing a music career? “He’s not taking interest in being a performer, so I’m relieved about that if I was being really honest,” she confesses. “I think he’ll enjoy music more just being the creator of the music. It’s just really taxing being a performer, being the person out in front, unless that’s what he really wants. He just has a quiet confidence about him. He doesn’t have that extrovert—you know everybody look at me—type of personality. I think it will suit him well to be the creator.”
Now, Twain’s first album in nearly 15 years, is available everywhere.