Wynonna'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 for a bold, sincere television appearance, Wynonna always gets her point across with unflinching honesty and wisdom gained over the course of her very public life. In short, she's not one to shy away from speaking her mind, and that's what made her ventures in the world of literature and television so intriguing.
A five-time GRAMMY winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna saw this year, like many of the years past, start out with a major bang! She released a brand new single, “Something You Can’t Live Without” – produced by husband/band leader Cactus Moser – due from her forthcoming 2014 album, an hour long riveting television documentary “Wynonna & Cactus: The Road Back”, and a national magazine cover feature in UsWeekly, plus competed on ABC’s juggernaut TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”
Wynonna can now add shoe designer to her resume as she recently unveiled her new women’s shoe line, Got Soul, which is a new collection of bedazzled sneakers, wedges and flats that will be available at Fred Segal LA and boutiques across the country just in time for the holiday season. Speaking of the holidays, Wynonna and her band, The Big Noise, will embark on their 12-city “A Simpler Christmas” tour, giving everyone a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the simple blessings of the holiday season.
In the midst of it all, Wynonna has also been recording her eighth studio album, due out next year via Curb Records. It's just the latest in a string of hit albums that started with her quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut, Wynonna. That set spawned four number one 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.
In early 2012 she expanded into fiction with her stirring novel, Restless Heart. Drawing on her nearly 30 years experience as a country music megastar, Wynonna's debut novel tells the story of a young aspiring country singer and her dizzying rise to stardom that leads her on a path of self-discovery 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's 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 embarked on two highly successful tours since Naomi's initial retirement -- 2000's Power to Change tour and their most recent outing in 2010, 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. So, when Oprah launched the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN, in 2011, it was only natural she turned to one of music's most fascinating and iconic duos for some compelling programming.
Premiering to rave reviews and the highest ratings the network had seen to date, The Judds docu-series granted fans unprecedented access into their unique and powerful mother/daughter relationship in addition to their relationship as performers and artistic collaborators. 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.
Wynonna is always evolving and you can bet her fans will be watching very closely as she writes the next chapter of her legendary career.