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Wynonna Judd Biography


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Birth Name: Christina Claire Ciminella
Born: 1964/05/30
Birth Place: Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.
Years Active: 1992– present
Genres: Country


Wynonna Ellen Judd was born Christina Claire Ciminella on May 30, 1964 in Ashland, Kentucky and is a country music singer. Judd rose to prominence in the 1980s as part of the singing duo The Judds with her mother Naomi Judd. The duo released seven albums on Curb Records and charted 26 singles, 14 of which were #1 hits. The Judds disbanded in 1991 due to Naomi's poor health, and Wynonna went on to pursue a solo career.

Wynonna Judd took an interest in country music at an early age and began to teach herself how to play the guitar by listening to country singers on the radio. Naomi, recognizing her daughter's talent, moved her family to Nashville in 1979 to pursue a singing career.

By 1983, Wynonna and Naomi were signed to RCA Records as The Judds, and began to dominate the Billboard Country charts. In their six-year career, The Judds achieved world-wide recognition and fame, winning five Grammy Awards, nine Country Music Association awards, and eight Billboard Music Awards. The mother and daughter team became the biggest-selling duo in country music.

After the duo broke up, Wynonna Judd was quickly signed to MCA Records as a solo artist. Judd's self-titled debut album arrived in 1992 and landed the artist her first #1 solo hit with the lead track off the album, “She Is His Only Need.” The next two singles, “I Saw the Light” and “No One Else on Earth” also reached #1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart.

Judd's second album, “Tell Me Why,” emerged in 1993, peaking at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. The album spurred the hits, “Only Love,” “Is It Over Yet,” “Rock Bottom” and “Girls with Guitars.” That same year saw Judd contribute her vocals to Clint Black's song, “A Bad Goodbye.” The success of this single led to Judd and Black touring together in support of their albums.

Her third album, “Revelations,” appeared in 1996, and spurred the #1 hit, “To Be Loved by You.” Judd's fourth and final album for MCA, “The Other Side” was issued in 1997 and saw a change in musical direction for the singer from her traditional country/pop sound to a more blues/rock sound. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. After the album's release, Judd left MCA and signed with Mercury Records.

Judd reunited with her mother in 2000 for a small tour across the U.S. That same year saw Judd release her debut for her new label, “New Day Dawning,” which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Country Album Chart. This album included four new The Judds songs.

"What the World Needs Now Is Love,” released in August 2003, was Judd's first album for the Asylum-Curb Records label. In 2005 a live album, "Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime” was released. The album included one new studio track, “Attitude.”

“Sing: Chapter 1,” her first studio album in six years, was released in 2009. This album was largely composed of cover songs, except for the title track, an original composition by Rodney Crowell.

2010 saw The Judds reunite once again for their “The Last Encore” tour, and an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show performing their new song, “I Will Stand By You."