Wynonna: A New Year, A New Record, A New Perspective
“I have been carrying around a picture from 1983 in my purse. I’m with my Mom, Don Potter and Brent Maher and we are in the first week of making the very first Judd mini-LP. I have really been looking into the face of who that girl was. It was such a special time for me. I was filled with an overwhelming eagerness to play my guitar and enjoy my gift. I was completely unaware and unaffected by “show business”.
I realize now that my life has come full circle with the recording process of this new album. I am back in the studio today with Brent and Don working on my seventh studio album and we’re doing demos for this record like we did in the 80’s. Demos allow us to work with a song, get creative with it and make it the way we want without the pressure of mastering the song. We’re listening to all of the old, great standards with the big band sound, lots of bluegrass and blues. The record we’re making is going to sound very live and will be a mixture of an acoustic sound intermingled with the blues, torch ballads and my own songwriting. More than anything, this record is going to be full of the joy that I remember having in the very beginning of my career.
What I know for sure, is that I’m back to where I started: an 18 yr. old girl sitting on the back porch playing and singing her heart out. I’m ready to begin the journey again.” --- Wynonna
A world-renowned vocalist and entertainer, Wynonna has accumulated sales totals as a solo artist in excess of ten million units, a top Female Vocalist win by the Academy of Country Music and thirteen top ten hits on the charts. Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her life story, this twenty-three year music veteran has celebrated 20 #1 hits and a multitude of gold and platinum records. Innovative, inspired and imaginative, this phenomenal music icon continues to touch the heart and souls of many with her powerful, soulful voice and presence. She is presently on tour with some of the most revered symphony orchestras across the United States and is a highly sought after private event performer and public speaker. Wynonna is also scheduled to release her seventh studio album in 2007. Embracing her past with a new perspective, Wynonna will reunite yet again with the powerhouse production team of Brent Maher, the producer responsible for the mega-hits and Grammy’s awarded to The Judds, and Don Potter, musical arranger and signature guitarist for many of The Judds and Wynonna’s solo projects.
Wynonna recently released her first-ever solo Christmas CD in 2006 entitled, A Classic Christmas, on which she delivers soulful, contemporary renditions of her favorite holiday songs. She launched the collection with numerous television and radio appearances throughout the fall, including Good Morning America, The View, Rachel Ray, Delilah, and an NBC Skating Spectacular Special, as well as the cover of Ladies Home Journal in November 2006 and a photo layout in Vanity Fair in November 2006. In this busy year, Wynonna also found time to contribute guest vocals on compilations from Sam Moore, Patti Labelle, Ann Wilson and Dionne Warwick. In addition, she hosted the fourth season of USA Network’s “Nashville Star,” the most watched country music program in the country. But, her television appearances didn’t stop there as she graced the stages of The Billboard Music Awards, the Fox network show Duets, and CMT’s Greatest Moments. She concluded her stellar year by performing at the esteemed 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
2005 was also a landmark year for Wynonna. She added New York Times Best Selling Author to her already extraordinary resume, as she released her first autobiography, Coming Home to Myself in September of 2005. The heartfelt memoir of struggle and survival arrived as one of the Top 10 Best Sellers on the coveted list and will be released on paperback June 5, 2007. She also released the musical journey of her life (on double-live CD and recently certified gold DVD) entitled Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime. These packages energized the spotlight on her incomparable artistry and firmly established her as a music trendsetter among the most elite, world-renowned entertainers working today. She also appeared on the covers of Ladies Home Journal (February) and Good Housekeeping (September). She successfully tried her hand at comedy on ABC’s hit sitcom, Hope and Faith, and was also honored with the USO’s prestigious Merit Award in 2005 for service to all divisions of the United States Armed Forces. She christened the new Wynn Resort and Casino at a posh party sponsored by InStyle Magazine for YouthAIDS, rocked the house with BB King in New York in June, graced the stage of the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet. Wynonna also teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to record “Heart of America,” with Michael McDonald and Eric Benet which in turn helped raise over $90 million dollars for victims of natural disasters to the Gulf Coast. The trio subsequently performed the song at the World Series (a first in her career). She continues to bring attention to the global emergency of AIDS in her fourth year as United States Ambassador for YouthAIDS.
Wynonna signed her first solo record deal in 1992 and the rest, as they say, was history. Or perhaps, Her Story. With vast critical acclaim her first solo project, Wynonna, was certified for sales of over five million units and became the highest-selling debut album by a female artist at the time. A musical force like none other before her, Wynonna followed her wildly successful debut with the multi-platinum disc, Tell Me Why, as well as with the platinum-certified Revelations. Her greatest hits compilation, Collection, was released in 1997, the year which also found her gold record, The Other Side, flying from the shelves. Wynonna burst into 2000 with a torrent of unleashed creativity that is expressed on New Day Dawning, her fifth solo outing which she also produced. She continued to capture the hearts of fans and critics alike with her #1 debut album, the third of her solo career, What the World Needs Now is Love, while also celebrating her 20th year in the music business.
Prior to this solo success, her history with The Judds became a story for the record books. The Judds became one of the most celebrated success stories in country music history. In just six short years, they had sold more than twenty million records worldwide and had won over sixty industry awards including five Grammy’s, nine Country Music Association Awards and eight Billboard Music Awards. The Judds are universally loved and still regarded as country music royalty for music fans around the globe.