Tag: Naomi Judd

Sunday 5/1/22: Feature Artist: The Judds

The Judds were an American country music duo composed of Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna Judd. The duo signed to RCA Records in 1983 and released six studio albums between then and 1991. The Judds were one of the most successful acts in country music history, winning five Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and eight Country Music Association awards. They also had 25 singles on the country music charts between 1983 and 2000, of which 14 went to No. 1. After eight successful years as a duet, the Judds ceased performing in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Soon after, Wynonna embarked on a highly successful solo career. The two have occasionally reunited for special tours, the most recent of which began in late 2010.

Naomi Judd (born Diana Ellen Judd; January 11, 1946 – April 30. 2022) was an American country music singer and actress.

Wynonna Ellen Judd (born Christina Claire Ciminella; May 30, 1964) is a multi award-winning American country music singer. Her solo albums and singles are all credited to the single name Wynonna. She first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother Naomi in the country music duo The Judds. They released seven albums on Curb Records in addition to 26 singles, of which 14 were number-one hits.

Wynonna began a solo career, also on Curb. In her solo career, she has released eight studio albums, a live album, a holiday album, and two compilation albums, in addition to more than 20 singles. Her first three singles were “She Is His Only Need”, “I Saw the Light,” and “No One Else on Earth”. All three reached number one on the U.S. country singles charts consecutively, and “To Be Loved by You” also hit number one in 1996, so far becoming her fourth and final number one and top ten hit to date. Three of her albums are certified platinum or higher by the RIAA. Her most recent recording was Wynonna & the Big Noise, released on February 12, 2016, and she released the single “Cool Ya'” that same month. Wynonna is most recognized for her musical work, although she has also pursued other interests starting in the 2000s, including writing, acting, and philanthropy.

Naomi Judd passed away on April 30, 2022. Click Here for New York Times extensive biography.

In Memoriam: Naomi Judd (1946 – 2022)

Naomi Judd (born Diana Ellen Judd; January 11, 1946 – April 30, 2022) was an American country music singer and actress. In 2021, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Judds alongside her daughter Wynonna.

Judd was born to Pauline Ruth ‘Polly’ (née Oliver; 1927–2019) and Charles Glen Judd (1924–1984) on January 11, 1946, in Ashland, Kentucky. Her father owned a gas station. In 1965, her brother Brian (1948–1965) died of leukemia at the age of 17. Naomi Judd’s first child, Christina Ciminella (later Wynonna Judd), was born when Judd was 18. After the birth of her daughter Ashley (April 1968), who later became a film and stage actress, and the end of her marriage to Michael Ciminella, Judd brought up both daughters as a single parent, first attending nursing school at California’s College of Marin while living in nearby Lagunitas, California, and later beginning a successful singing career with daughter Wynonna.

In 1991, after selling more than 20 million albums and videos in seven years and at the pinnacle of their career, the Judds came to an abrupt end when Naomi Judd was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. The band ended on a high note: their Farewell Tour was the top grossing act, and their farewell concert the most successful musical event in cable pay-per-view history. In 1991, Judd created the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund to raise awareness of Hepatitis C, and used the strength of her experiences as spokes-model for the American Liver Foundation.

In 1993, she received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.

She continued to act occasionally (one of her first acting jobs was a small role in More American Graffiti in 1979). In 1999, she starred as Lily Waite alongside Andy Griffith and Gerald McRaney in the film A Holiday Romance.

In 1999, The Judds reunited for a New Year’s Eve concert in Phoenix at the America West Arena, with Ashley as the MC. In 2000, the Judds reunited again for their “Power to Change” tour, performing to over 300,000 people on thirty dates. The duo was nominated as the Academy of Country Music’s top vocal duo of the year in 2001. From 2003 to 2004, Judd also served as one of the judges of the revamped version of Star Search hosted by Arsenio Hall.

In 2005, Judd began Naomi’s New Morning, a talk show on Sunday mornings on the Hallmark Channel. The show lasted two seasons. She is also the author of several self-help books, including Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully: Facts, Myths, and Good News for Boomers (2007).

In 2008, Judd joined a new television reality-competition series Can You Duet, as a judge and mentor. The show, by the producers of American Idol, aired on Country Music Television.

In 2011, Judd starred alongside actress Laura Prepon in the Lifetime television movie The Killing Game.

In 2014, she starred as “Honey” in An Evergreen Christmas.

Judd competed with her husband in the first season of the Fox Broadcasting reality cooking series My Kitchen Rules.

Judd’s second marriage was on May 6, 1989, to Larry Strickland of the Palmetto State Quartet.

After her last tour, Judd developed depression, anxiety, panic attacks, edema, baldness, tremors and suicidal thoughts. She died in the Nashville, Tennessee, area on April 30, 2022, at the age of 76. Her daughters tweeted, in part, “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”