Ring . . . riiinnnngg.
Me: "Hello?"Whispering voice: "Scott?"
Whispering voice: "This is Wynonna."
Me: "Why are you whispering?"
Whispering voice: "Just to be different."
Wynonna Judd is not what everyone expects her to be. She's . . . how shall we say it? . . . different.
That comes from her background, both from childhood and music.
"I grew up a child of used record stores," she said in her normal voice during a phone call from her tour bus at a parking place in Wisconsin. "We were pretty poor and I found my life in the box of bargain records and independent albums - Doc Watson, a lot of bluegrass, lots of soul, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt. The music needed to come from the soul's toenails to touch me."
Always doing the unexpected, Wynonna, as she prefers to be called, is teaming up with Michael Bolton for a concert at the E Center on Monday, June 29. The music begins at 8 p.m.
"Michael really needed me," she said with her playful sense of humor. "Actually, we met a couple of years ago when he asked me to appear on his Christmas album. We met in the studio and just clicked."
Bolton wanted to tour with someone who didn't necessarily sing pop or rhythm-and-blues.
"He called me up and asked me what I thought," Wynonna said. "I thought it was great. Now everyone in Nashville are scratching their heads."
Still, a concert with Bolton is just part of Wynonna's philosophy.
"You need to do all these different things in life or you become stagnant," she said. "One of the questions that came up was `what are the country and pop (radio) stations going to have to do to promote this?'
"Well, they'll need to get along."
Wynonna found success in the mid-'80s as half of the Judds with her mother Naomi. When Naomi Judd was diagnosed with chronic liver disease, Wynonna decided to carry the family musical legacy.
And she was noticed. With a string of multiplatinum albums (selling more than 1 million copies apiece) and No. 1 singles, Wyn-onna became one of the most successful women in country music.
"I look at it this way," Wynonna said. "I've been given my 15 minutes of fame and there is a chance I can make it to 20. That last five is going to be gift.
"But regardless, if I'm number one or not on the charts, I've got two children who love me all the time.
"And it's therapeutic to be able to get on the floor and act like a child with them. That's my next goal - to sleep a bit more and to play pretend with my kids."