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Wynonna, Naomi to reunite as the Judds in 2010

DETROIT (Billboard) - Country singer Wynonna says that she and her mother, Naomi Judd, are up for “everything” in 2010, including working together again in some capacity as the Judds.

“We are ‘in talks,’ so there’s nothing that’s been defined yet,” Wynonna said. “I just felt it in my spirit. A couple weeks ago I said, ‘It’s 2010. It’s been 25 years. It’s take your mother to work year. It just feels like it’s the right time; she’ll be 64 in January, and I think it’s time -- not the whole year, but it’s just going to be a way to celebrate her.”

Wynonna said she started thinking about reforming the Judds when the two performed at this year’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

“It was huge,” she said. “We sang for 50,000 people and they sang back to us, and it was a holy moment. And on the drive home I thought, ‘Y’know, I really appreciate where I’ve come from and the people do, too, and they love the Judds’ music and it hasn’t disappeared.’ I just thought, ‘Y’know, I think it’s time.’”

Wynonna said that she and her mother “are open to” recording again as the Judds as well as playing live. She added that she’s also thinking about asking Naomi to join her on her annual A Classic Christmas Tour next year.

“We plan a year in advance,” said Wynonna, who kicks off this year’s run November 28 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, “so I’m already thinking (about) next year.”

Any Judds activity would be in addition to Wynonna’s other plans for the new year -- including the publication of a novel, “The Restless Heart,” that’s aimed at young adult readers and tells Wynonna’s own story through a fictional character.

“She’s basically the Miley Cyrus age group area, so I can tell my story through her about trying to make it in the music business. Who can’t relate to that?” Wynonna said. “It’s about the dreamer aspect, having stars in your eyes. What kid doesn’t know what that’s about? I’m just trying to find a way to connect with that generation and especially the younger girls, because it’s a really major, formative time in their lives and I want to teach them.”

Wynonna is also starting work on a follow-up to this year’s covers set, “Sing: Chapter 1,” but hasn’t come up with a concept or direction for it yet.

“I may go traditional. I may decide to do blues. I may decide to do ‘80s rock,” she said. “I’m a work in progress.”