Just arrived at Staples Center in Los Angeles to kick off the last weekend of the U.S. leg of the Shania NOW World Tour. This has been my first arena tour throughout the United States and it's been such an incredible experience.
Walking out to the stage. I'm from Switzerland and have played most of my shows throughout Europe and Asia. I've only played Los Angeles once before, at a smaller venue called Silver Lake Lounge. It's nuts to go from that to Staples Center in only a year.
I chose to play this tour acoustic rather than bring out my full band. I felt like I would have more freedom this way. I had the ability to change my set list on the spot depending on what the vibe of the crowd was, almost like a DJ.
I love to interact and engage with the audience and Shania's audience has been so good to me. They're such a fun crowd to play to. I'm releasing my next record – debut in America – this October and I love gauging the audience's reaction to some of my new songs.
I often joke to the crowd, "You came to see Shania, but I came to see you." It's been so fulfilling to travel around the United States and meet so many new people... most of who don't know who I am before I walk out onstage.
Each night after my set, I held a meet and greet out by the merch table. It was crazy, every night to have a few hundred people standing in line to say hi and take a selfie with me.
One of my favorite songs I perform during my set is a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." I love when people turn on their cell phone lights and sing along with me. It feels like I'm surrounded by a sky full of stars.
Towards the end of Shania's set, she brings me back onstage to duet on two songs. The first song is "Party for Two." It's such a funny, dynamic and flirty song.
She introduces me back to the stage with the sweetest words every night. I'm usually standing side stage blushing. I have so much fun performing with her.
She then asks me to go grab an electric guitar for the second song – "Swingin' with My Eyes Closed." It's a fun summer song and it's cool to watch everybody with their fists up in the air while we play the chorus.
Performing with Shania is an experience in itself! We end up running after each other onstage and the crowd goes wild every night. My favorite part is when we look at each other right in the eyes and I can just feel the fire that's in this woman!
We've played 46 arenas since May 3 all around the United States and each night is like going to a different party. Even when we play back-to-back shows in the same city, crowds are very different each night.
This woman – a legend, an icon and my dear friend. She's truly one of a kind and I have so much respect for her.