Five-time Grammy Award winner Wynonna Judd, backed by her band, The Big Noise, will perform her biggest hits at Pepperdine University Center for the Arts' Smothers Theatre in Malibu at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 19.
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 that drew 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. 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 the 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 Judds have made 17 appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show over the course of 25 years and, when Oprah launched the Oprah Winfrey Network (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 that granted fans unprecedented access into their powerful mother/daughter relationship as performers and artistic collaborators.
The start of 2013 started out with a bang when she released a new single, "Something You Can't Live Without," and a television documentary, Wynonna & Cactus: The Road Back. 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.
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, or online at pepperdinearts.ticketforce.com. For more information: arts.pepperdine.edu/ or wynonna.com.The Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, is located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263.