Wynonna Judd is one of country’s brightest lights, and on Friday, Jan. 23, she will bring her unique sound to Fayetteville. 01-21-15-wynonna.gif

Judd was born Christina Claire Ciminella in Ashland, Ken. After living with her family in Los Angeles, she returned to Kentucky. She learned to play guitar and fell in love with the country music that her mother loved. The pair moved to Nashville in 1979 in hopes of pursuing a career in the music industry that they loved so dearly. Their skill, passion and talent was quickly noticed, and the mother/daughter duo The Judds was created.

Wynonna then branched off into her solo career in 1992. She has dabbled in other ventures since, but her primary focus is once again on music with her show Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song”.

Wynonna has a unique and powerful voice. When she sings it is captivating. During her tour, she is joined on stage by a three-piece band. One member of her band is her husband, producer and drummer Cactus Moser, who is an award-winning artist himself. On this tour, Wynonna chose not to visit major arenas, but rather to play in smaller venues throughout the United States.The show is intended to be a small, intimate affair filled with passionate music and an exploration in the travels and journeys that Wynonna has experienced during her extraordinary life.

This show is unlike anything that Wynonna has done before. She is not only focusing on her music, but on her life experiences.

“I have shared the stage with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the world and I have recorded with artists from all genres of music,” she said via the Crown Complex. “It has been an amazing journey for me. I’m an ordinary woman that extraordinary things have happened to because I choose to continue to suit up and show up where I am called.

“I am more passionate now than I have ever been about my life, my gift, my faith, hopes and dreams, and I want so much to share my story and my songs with my fans,” she continued. “I have experienced so many personal and professional highs and lows on this journey, and having been on the road for 34 years now, I am so grateful for the wisdom and experience I have gained throughout all that has happened on and off stage. I’m looking forward to sharing my message with others, to celebrate this time in my life with the fans that have supported me all these years, as well as connect with new fans.”

This show is perfect for those who already love Wynonna and those who have yet to discover her. The music will be as exciting, powerful and enchanting as all her previous works. The stories bring an entire new level of understanding and beauty to her work. For those who already love her it is enlightening. For those who are new, it is enthralling.

Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song is at the Crown Theatre on Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary from $30 to $65. Tickets are available at ticketmasters.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, and in person at the Crown Complex Box Office. The Crown Coliseum is located at 1960 Coliseum Dr. For more information, visit http://crowncomplexnc.com/events/wynonna-friends-stories-songs or call 910-438-4100.

Photo: Wynona Judd has been a bright light in country music for a number of years. On Friday, Jan. 23, she brings her unique sound to the Crown.

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