This is sure to get you in the holiday spirit (not that you aren’t already) – Wynonna’s Rockin’ Christmas at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Tickets range from $50 to $80 and are on sale now by calling the WAC Box Office at 479-443-5600 or online at Waltonartscenter.org.
I became a fan of Wynonna back in the 80s when she and her mother Naomi made up the duo known as The Judds. While I haven’t really listened to her in her solo career, I know she’ll belt out some beautiful smooth vocals in her Christmas show. Along with her new band, The Big Noise, she plans to deliver some soulful renditions of traditional holiday classics like “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland. She’ll also sing some of her biggest hits.
Wynonna has been a part of the music scene for almost three decades. Between 1983 and 1991, The Judds charted 23 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including 14 number ones. After Naomi was diagnosed with an illness and stopped performing, Wynonna embarked on her solo career in 1992.
Her quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut, Wynonna spawned four number one hits and was the bestselling country album ever by a female artist at that time. Since then she has produced six more studio albums, and is in the works to release another one by year’s end. A multiple Grammy®, Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) award winner, Wynonna is also a New York Times bestselling author for her 2005 memoir “Coming Home to Myself.” Her debut novel “Restless Heart” was released in January 2012.
Opening for this performance of Wynonna’s Rockin’ Christmas is Cheryl LuQuire. Born and raised in Mississippi, LuQuire’s been described as one part Faith Hill and one part Aretha Franklin.