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The Judds Biography

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Birth Place: Ashland, Kentucky
Years Active: 1983-1991, 1998-2000, 2008-2010
Genres: Country

The Judds were a country music duo composed of a mother and daughter team: Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna Judd. The duo released six studio albums beginning in 1991 and was hailed as one of the most successful acts in country music history. The Judds won five Grammy Awards for 'Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal,' and eight Country Music Association awards. The duo also produced fourteen #1 hit singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart throughout the course of their career. The Judds called it quits in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Wynonna went on to pursue a solo career and has been hugely successful. The duo has occasionally reunited for one-off appearances and special tours.

Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd on January 11, 1946 in Ashland, Kentucky and had a powerful singing voice from the moment she opened her mouth. As a child Naomi was attracted to music and learned to play the piano at her local church, where she also sang with the choir. When she turned seventeen Naomi got married and gave birth to a daughter, Christina Ciminella, whom would later become known as Wynonna Judd. In 1968 Naomi and her young daughter moved to Los Angeles so that Naomi could pursue her dream of singing. When she and her husband got divorced the mother and daughter team had to live off welfare. Naomi always sang to her daughter and taught her to sing and play guitar, and by 1972 the duo were performing together. Eventually the duo was spotted by an RCA/Curb Records scout and was signed to the label releasing their debut album, “Wynonna & Naomi” in 1993 to positive responses. The duo went on to release six more albums with Curb Records and attained international success. However, tragedy struck in 1991 when Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis C and had to retire due to her failing health at the time.

1998 saw the mother and daughter reunite and perform again, in addition to releasing the single, “Silver Bells” as a Christmas special. 2001 saw the Judds honored with an award from the Academy of Country Music for 'Duo of the Year in 2001.' Seven years later in 2008, The Judds were once again singing together for the 2008 Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California. The Judds performed at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in 2009, and 2010 saw the mother and daughter act hit the road one more time for a final tour and put out a final album together. The Last Encore Tour was an 18 city tour of the U.S., and their seventh studio album, “I Will Stand by You: The Essential Collection” was released in 2011.