By Alicia Doyle

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Woman gets chance to sing with Wynonna Judd

Photo courtesy of Randi Radcliff: Trieana Moon, left, and Wynonna Judd pose backstage after singing together in Nashville.

Ventura County Star/June 29, 2008

Born with a rare genetic condition, Trieana Moon is nonetheless honing her passion for music with her own CD and singing onstage with her idol, Wynonna Judd.

"It was my dream come true to see her and perform with her; it was amazing," said Moon, 33, of Oak View, who sang "Amazing Grace" with Judd this spring at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

"I'd like to go back to Nashville and see Wynonna and perform with her again," Moon said. "She's got a voice like an angel. That would be my greatest joy, to work with a beautiful country singer like her because she's my idol."

Moon has Williams syndrome, a condition of unknown origin that causes mental retardation and heart abnormalities and shares some similarities with autism. With an uncanny connection to music, people with this condition are naturally inclined in this area, although they may not grasp the technicalities tied to the typical practice.

When she's performing, "I don't think that she thinks about her disability at all. It's not something that plays a part in her life," said Mary Sawyer, program manager at the Arc of Ventura County, which supports people with developmental disabilities.

Moon's passion for singing began at age 4. "Then I started singing more and more when I grew up," said Moon, whose CD, "Trieana," was produced by Eddie Tuduri, founder of Gifted Records, a nonprofit organization that is part of the Rhythmic Arts Project, a professional recording avenue for disabled people.

Moon got a shot at performing with Judd after meeting the country music star in August. "I learned that Nashville was a good place and heard that she was living there," Moon said. "So I got to meet her and she invited me to perform with her."

When Moon stepped onstage before the biggest audience of her music career, "I felt good," she said. "I was a little bit nervous, but I went out there and did it. We got along wonderful. It was so amazing."

— A video of Moon singing is on YouTube; search for "Trieana."

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