Country star Wynonna Judd to perform at Luhrs

Five-time Grammy Award-winning country music artist Wynonna Judd and her band The Big Noise will be performing at Shippensburg University’s H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m.

In addition to winning five Grammy’s Judd has charted 18 singles that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts. Four of those were solo hits. The other 14 were tracks from her former band, The Judds.

The band featured two members, Wynonna Judd and her mother, Naomi Judd. It was as a member of The Judds that Wynonna first experienced success as a musician. The duo moved to Nashville in 1979. By 1983 they were signed to RCA Records.

The band would go on to record eight studio albums, 23 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and claim five Grammy’s. Due to concerns for Naomi’s health and a fractured relationship between the mother-daughter pair The Judds broke up in 1991.

The group is regarded as one of the best acts in country music history and were the biggest selling country music duo at the time of their breakup.

Following Naomi’s retirement Wynonna began recording as a solo artist.

Wynonna was not quite able to match the success she enjoyed with The Judds but she still had a hugely successful solo career.

Her first album, self-titled “Wynonna,” was by far her most successful, producing three of the four No. 1 hits Judd would record as a solo artist.

“She is His Only Need,” “I Saw the Light” and “No One Else on Earth” were the first three singles Wynonna released as a solo artist and they all became No. 1 hits.

The album itself went platinum five times, selling over five million copies.

Judd’s next albums, “Tell Me Why,” and “Revelations,” also went platinum.

On “Revelations” Judd produced her final No. 1 hit “To Be Loved By You.” Wynonna would go on to record seven studio albums and reunite with her mother for two hugely popular reunion tours. She also has dabbled in acting, earning guest spots on shows “Touched By An Angel,” “Army Wives,” “Hope and Faith” and “Kath And Kim.”

Judd has released two books, reaching the top of The New York Times Bestsellers list with her 2005 autobiography “Coming Home to Myself.”

Her 2010 fiction-novel “Restless Heart” received mixed reviews.
Judd is working on her eighth studio album and is drumming up support for the project with her Shippensburg bound tour.

Though many students were not yet born during the best days of Judd’s career she still has some fans on campus.

“I can’t wait,” said SU junior Missy Schannauer. “She is one of the biggest country acts of all time and she is coming to ship. I really can’t wait.”

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