The GI Film Festival is pleased to announce that five-time GRAMMY winner Wynonna Judd will participate in the GI Film Festival, which will be held May 6-12, 2013 in the Washington, DC metro area. Wynonna will receive a GI Film Festival “GI Spirit Award” for her charitable work in support of the troops.
The presentation will take place Saturday night, May 11, 2013 at the U.S. Navy Memorial prior to the “First Look” screening of the dynamic new documentary The Hornet’s Nest, directed by Christian Tureaud and David Salzberg. (Click here for more information on the film and to purchase your tickets!)
Well known for her 30-year career as a country music megastar, Wynonna is also passionate supporter of American servicemen and women. Wynonna performed as “The Judds” on the Bob Hope USO tour and earned the USO’s prestigious “Merit Award.” She has performed private concerts for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed, and has welcomed home the troops at Ft. Campbell on multiple occasions. Wynonna also provided a song for the smash independent military film Act of Valor.
Wynonna now joins a distinguished list of previous GI Film Festival GI Spirit Award winners, including Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Joe Mantegna, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ricky Schroeder, Christy Carlson Romano, Karri Turner, and Robert Davi (who will also receive the award at this year’s event).
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, honest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 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 latest ventures in the worlds of literature and television so intriguing.
A five-time GRAMMY winner, 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 new book, Restless Heart. Drawing on her nearly 30 years experience as a country music megastar, Wynonna’s debut novel told the story of young Kentucky native and aspiring country singer Destiny Hart. The story unfolds as Destiny wins the Kentucky Idol talent competition and makes the move to Nashville, only to face rejection and a struggle to pay the bills. Destiny’s big break finally comes, and her dizzying rise to stardom 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 have embarked on two highly successful tours since Naomi’s initial retirement — 2000’s Power to Change tour and their most recent outing, 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 as guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In fact, The Judds made 17 appearances on the show in the past 25 years. 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.
The Judds docu-series on OWN granted fans unprecedented access into their unique and powerful mother/daughter relationship in addition to their relationship as performers and artistic collaborators. Cameras followed the duo as they prepared for and performed in their first tour together in 10 years, and absolutely nothing was off limits. 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.
In the midst of it all, Wynonna has also been recording her eighth studio album. 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.
2011 was another exciting and busy year with her novel Restless Heart hitting stores and The Judds OWN docu-series debuting with enormous television ratings airing on both OWN and Great American Country (GAC) all year. This year also brought another award to The Judds as they were honored with the Country Radio Broadcaster’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Amidst touring and continuing to record her new album Wynonna found the time in 2012 to: appear on the “Act Of Valor” Soundtrack for the title film, appear in a national Kraft campaign and get married to lifelong friend Cactus Moser.
The start of 2013, like many of the years past is starting out with a major bang. What has been dubbed as “Wynonna’s Monday You Can’t Live Without”, Wynonna is releasing a new single “Something You Can’t Live Without” due from her upcoming album, an hour long television documentary “Wynonna & Cactus: The Road Back”, and a national magazine cover feature in UsWeekly, plus it was recently announced that WYNONNA will be a contestant on ABC’s juggernaut TV show “Dancing With The Stars.” The excitement all begins Monday, March 18. And you can bet Wynonna’s fans will be watching very closely as she writes this next chapter of her legendary career.