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Wynonna and The Big Noise Perform Their Biggest Hits
Five-time Grammy Award winner Wynonna, backed by her band, The Big Noise, will perform her biggest hits at Smothers Theatre in Malibu at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Limited tickets, priced at $75, $67, or $40 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522. Tickets are also available online at http://pepperdinearts.ticketforce.com.
Wynonna has a career that has always revolved around telling stories. Whether using her rich, commanding voice to sing one of her countless country music hits or appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the 30-year music veteran always gets her point across with unflinching honesty and wisdom.
Wynonna is also a New York Times bestselling author, thanks to her candid 2005 memoir, Coming Home to Myself. In early 2012 she expanded into fiction with her stirring book, Restless Heart. Drawing on her nearly 30 years of experience as a country music megastar, Wynonna's debut novel tells the story of a young Kentucky native and aspiring country singer who wins the Kentucky Idol talent competition and makes the move to Nashville, only to face rejection and a struggle to pay the bills. Her big break finally comes, and her dizzying rise to stardom leads her on a path of self-discovery while grappling with love, loss, success, and surrender. Overcoming obstacles is a recurring theme in Wynonna's work, and that triumphant outlook shows up on every page of Restless Heart.
Of course, Wynonna's own journey as one-half of legendary duo The Judds with her mother, Naomi Judd, provides one of the most fascinating stories in country music history. Rising to superstardom in the early '80s on the strength of chart-toppers like "Mama He's Crazy," "Why Not Me," and "Grandpa (Tell Me 'bout the Good Old Days)," The Judds were unstoppable for the rest of the decade, picking up multiple Grammy, CMA, and ACM awards and selling more than 20 million albums along the way. The duo's initial run came to an end with a record-breaking farewell tour in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis C.
While Wynonna went on to launch her wildly successful solo career, Naomi fully recovered from her illness and became a bestselling author, speaker, and talk-show host. Due to popular demand, The Judds have embarked on two highly successful tours since Naomi's initial retirement: 2000's "Power to Change" tour and their most recent outing, "The Last Encore."
Wynonna and Naomi's relationship behind the scenes has been complex, as well, and a lot of the friction has played out in the public eye. Never ones to hold back in their quest for honesty, Wynonna and Naomi regularly shared their biggest struggles and revelations with the public as guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In fact, The Judds made 17 appearances on the show over the course of 25 years. So, when Oprah launched the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN, in 2011, it was only natural that she turned to one of music's most fascinating and iconic duos for some compelling programming.
The Judds docu-series on OWN granted fans unprecedented access into their unique and powerful mother/daughter relationship, in addition to their relationship as performers and artistic collaborators. Cameras followed the duo as they prepared for and performed in their first tour together in 10 years, and absolutely nothing was off limits. The good, difficult, and loving moments were captured on film, and viewers came away with a complete portrait of the personal and artistic relationship between these two fascinating and dynamic women.
In the midst of it all, Wynonna has also been recording her eighth studio album. It is just the latest in a string of hit albums that started with her quintuple Platinum 1992 solo debut, Wynonna. That set spawned four No. 1 hits and was the bestselling country album ever by a female artist at that time.
In 1994 Wynonna received the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards, and Rolling Stone called her "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline." 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.
2011 was another exciting and busy year with her novel Restless Heart hitting stores and The Judds docu-series debuting with enormous television ratings, airing on both OWN and Great American Country (GAC) all year. That year also brought another award to The Judds as they were honored with the Country Radio Broadcasters' Lifetime Achievement Award. Amidst touring and continuing to record her new album, Wynonna found the time in 2012 to appear on the Act of Valor film soundtrack, appear in a national Kraft campaign, and get married to lifelong friend Cactus Moser.
The start of 2013, like many in years past, started out with a major bang. The always-evolving Judd is releasing a brand-new single, "Something You Can't Live Without," due from her upcoming album; an hour-long television documentary, Wynonna & Cactus: The Road Back; and a national magazine cover feature in Us Weekly; besides being a contestant on ABC's juggernaut TV show Dancing with the Stars.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Center for the Arts Web site.