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Wynonna Ellen Judd (born May 30, 1964) is an American country music singer. Born Christina Claire Ciminella, she often goes by the single name Wynonna (IPA pronunciation: /wa?.'no.n?/). She is the daughter of singer Naomi Judd and the half-sister of actress Ashley Judd.
Judd was born in Ashland, Kentucky as Christina Claire Ciminella. She was given the last name of Michael Ciminella, her sister Ashley's biological father. Her own biological father was Charles Jordan, who died in 2000, and who was never married to Naomi Judd.
Her immediate family consists of her mother Naomi, half sister Ashley, son Elijah Judd (born December 23, 1994), daughter Grace Pauline (born June 21, 1996), and her second husband and former bodyguard, D. R. Roach (married November 22, 2003). According to her official website, Wynonna filed for divorce from Roach on March 27, 2007 after his arrest for sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.
Before launching her solo career, Wynonna sang as part of one of the most successful and celebrated country music duos with her mother. Together, they were known as The Judds. Wynonna is an active and vocal member of the Recording Artists' Coalition, an American music industry organization that represents recording artists, and attempts to defend their rights and interests. Since her career began some of her achievements include 20 #1 singles, multiple gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums, multiple Grammy awards and a performance at Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994. In 2000, she shared the stage with rock band Phish.
In November 2003, Wynonna appeared on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show discussing what she described as a "severe" dependency to food. She has been working with the show to lose a significant amount of weight and get to the root of her dependency. In September 2005 Wynonna made a second appearance on the show, discussing how she has lost some weight (but not yet at her goal weight) and has patched up broken relationships with her mother, and with the man she considers "her dad", Michael Ciminella, from whom she had also been estranged for almost a decade. Both Naomi and Michael visited Wynonna at the Shades of Hope rehab center in Buffalo Gap, Texas, recently, during a family visit, where Wynonna, 42, was being treated for food addiction. In September 2005, in an interview for The Insider, Wynonna also talked about being sexually assaulted by an acquaintance when she was younger.
Wynonna published her memoir, Coming Home to Myself, in September 2005, which became a New York Times Bestseller.
On October 10, 2006 Wynonna released her first Christmas Album, A Classic Christmas, as a solo artist. The single that was released, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town( Which her two kids joined her in singing), peaked at #3 on the AC charts.
April, 2007 finds Wynonna back in the studio with longtime producers Brent Maher and Don Potter to record a follow up to 2003's, "What The World Needs Now Is Love"
Although she is associated with the country genre, she has also ventured into other music genres by allowing her cover version of "I Want To Know What Love Is" to be released as a dance track, where it peaked at number 12 on Billboard Radio Monitor's Hot Dance Airplay chart in 2005.
In 2001 Judd joined Huey Lewis on a duet on the album Plan B for the song "I'm Not in Love Yet".