Rolling Stone magazine has called Wynonna Judd “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”
As one half of legendary mother/daughter duo, The Judds, Wynonna rose to superstardom in the early ’80s on the strength of chart toppers like “Mama’s He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days).”
On Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center, Cal Poly Arts presents WYNONNA in a solo evening filled with show-stopping songs and intimate moments.
Wynonna Judd’s career has always revolved around telling stories. Whether she’s using her rich, commanding voice to sing one of her countless hits or sitting down with her mother for a bold, honest appearance on “Oprah,” Wynonna always gets her point across with unflinching honesty and wisdom gained over the course of her very public life.
“My show is a little about telling stories as well as my music. I’ve learned a lot along the way. I’ve seen the light and the dark, the pain and the pleasure,” the five-time Grammy winner confessed. “I share a lot with (my) audiences. I’m in a really good place…I can relax and enjoy the journey. I love the fans. The people are invigorating for me (and) I hope audiences feel rejuvenated after seeing my show.”
In the 80s, The Judds were unstoppable – picking up multiple music industry awards and selling more than 20 million albums. The duo’s initial run came to an end with a record-breaking farewell tour in 1991, after mother Naomi Judd was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and Naomi stepped away from performing to focus on her recovery.
With her mother’s blessing, Wynonna embarked on what soon became a wildly successful solo career, launched by the quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut album, Wynonna. That release spawned four Number One hits and was the bestselling country album ever by a female artist at that time.
Engaging the soulful, bluesy side of her voice only hinted at with The Judds, Wynonna went on to sell more than 10 million albums and reach new creative heights with six chart toppers of her own. In 1994, she received the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
With Naomi’s robust return to health, popular demand saw The Judds embark on two highly-successful reunion tours. The iconic family duo also starred last spring in a docu-series on Opray Winfrey’s new network.
In the midst of Wynonna’s busy solo touring schedule and television appearances, the New York Times best-selling author (“Coming Home to Myself”) has written a debut novel – “Restless Heart” – about an aspiring country singer and her rise to Nashville stardom.
And never forgetting her music, fans can look forward to Wynonna’s eighth studio album, due to be released later this year.
Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $24 to $76 and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
To order by phone, call 805/756-2787; to order by fax: 805/756-6088.
24-hour on-line ordering is available at www.calpolyarts.org.
10% discount offered to groups of 10 or more. (Not applicable to student rates)
Sponsored by LINDA McGREGOR and KJUG 98.1.
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