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Country Singer Wynonna Makes a Comeback with <i>What The World Needs Now Is Love</i> - 2003-09-06

Country singer Wynonna began making hit records in 1984 as a member of The Judds, a duo that also included her mother Naomi. Wynonna launched a solo career in 1992, when Naomi was forced to retire from music due to chronic hepatitis. During the past few years, Wynonna has faced some struggles in her personal life and career. But Wynonna is making a comeback with her new album, What The World Needs Now Is Love.

Wynonna begins her 20th year in the music business with a new album that shows a different side of the 39-year-old singer. What The World Needs Now Is Love is full of spirituality and soulful songs, which she says encouraged and inspired her to record again.

Three years have passed since the release of Wynonna's last album, New Day Dawning. During that time, her mother and stepfather divorced, her biological father died, and she was unsure if her music would fit in with the changing trends in Country music. At one point, Wynonna went to New York to work with a pop music producer. The pop project never materialized, and she decided to give Nashville another try. She teamed with producer Dan Huff, and began searching for songs. Wynonna says, "I was literally in a state of panic early on in the record-making process, because I was getting these really tough, biker chick songs."

She feels that her new album is a good representation of her musical future. Among the 14 tracks on What The World Needs Now Is Love is a cover of Elvis Presley's Burnin' Love, a remake of Foreigner's 1984 chart-topper I Want To Know What Love Is, which features an appearance by rock guitarist Jeff Beck, and a duet Wynonna recorded with her mother Naomi, called Flies On The Butter.

Wynonna is reintroducing herself to the industry with radio and television appearances. But she's even more focused on re-connecting with her fans. In June, Wynonna made her first Fan Fair appearance in four years, and she's currently performing a U.S. concert tour. Her future plans include recording a Christmas album, a gospel collection, and a childrens' record. Wynonna is also working on a project with Smokey Robinson, and she's trying to pull Garth Brooks out of retirement to record a duet. On a personal note, Wynonna plans to marry her longtime bodyguard, D. R. Roach, in November.

In the meantime, Wynonna's enjoying her comeback. What The World Needs Now Is Love recently debuted at Number One on the Country albums chart and in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 list. That marked her highest chart debut in 10 years.