Naomi Judd, the Grammy award winner died on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Her daughters Wynonna and Ashley announced the death of 76 year old. According to them, they lost their mother because of the disease of mental illness (suicide) (cause).
Judd’s husband Larry Strickland stated that Naomi died near Nashville. And, he refused to reveal further details about her death. Apart from it, he has asked for some privacy at this time of such a great loss. She passed away just one day before she was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Several people came forward to praise the Country Music star out of respect. The CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Kyle Young, said that Naomi made a significant place in the music history by overcoming incredible adversity during her lifespan. As the family asked, the induction wasn’t changed but the Red Carpet event was canceled.
The mother and daughter duo (Naomi and Wayonna) number 1 hits 14 times in the three decade period. However, she had to split in 1991 when Naomi Judd was diagnosed with hepatitis by the doctors. But, this didn’t stop their journey. Rather, the Judds won 20 Top 10 hits, and was awarded 5 Grammy Awards, 9 Country Music Association awards, and 7 Academy of Country Music Awards.
The Judds arrived in the Music City in 1979, and played a significant role in the country music’s pop evolution through the 1980s and beyond. During an interview in 2019, Wayonna stated their journey from the outhouse to the White House, from welfare to millionaire. She added that anyone can do if they have done it.
Naomi had been suffering from a kind of severe depression. Judd revealed the same in 2016 during an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America. To battle this, she had to go to psychiatric hospitals for the therapy. The reason was that one of her relatives molested her at the age of 3.
Who was Naomi Judd? Bio / Wiki
Born on January 11, 1946, Naomi took birth as Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky. Since a very young age, Judd was musically gifted child. In 1964, Naomi became pregnant and gave birth to Christina (Wynonna). Instead of her child’s biological father, the music star married Michael Ciminella.
Despite being pregnant and giving birth to her first child, Naomi didn’t leave her musical aspirations. Amidst turmoil, she practiced music and raised Wynonna. After moving to Los Angeles in 1972, Naomi and her husband Michael gave birth to their child Ashley.
The star faced another blow in form of the divorce with Ciminella. She tried her best to keep the family altogether by doing various kind of jobs. But, eventually, they had to move back to Kentucky. In 2021, Naomi told that during that period they were broke too much, but still kept the sanity within themselves.
After a while, the Judd family moved to Nashville in 1979. Naomi started working as a nurse at a hospital in Franklin, Tennessee. The Judds, the duo which she formed with her daughter succeeded eventually. In 1983, she and producer Brent Maher joined hands for RCA Records.
After a year, the mother-daughter duo released their single “Mama, He’s Crazy”, and it went to top of Billboard’s country charts. After that, they didn’t look behind and went on to give 14 consecutive No. 1 hits. The list included “Why Not Me,” “Love Is Alive,” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days).”
When the Judds got a chance to prove themselves, singer Conway Twitty also appreciated it letting RCA Records executive Joe Galante know and praising him as he gave them the chance.
The duo worked as a team until 1991 when Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis C. After that Naomi and Wynonna parted their ways. However, they reunited for the last time in 2010 and 2011. Also, in 2017, they joined hand to perform together as a part of an all star tribute to Kenny Rogers at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
In 2021, the Judds became popular once again. It’s because they were named as 2022 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The list included the likes of Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers, and Pete Drake. With it, Naomi was thrilled to hear the same. She stated that most of her life she felt neglected, but all of a sudden someone said that she actually pulled it off.
The Judds came together for the very last time in 2022 when they performed at the CMT Music Awards. They performed their 1990 No. 1 single “Love Can Build A Bridge.” However, they had announced an 11-day nationwide tour later in 2022. But, it couldn’t happen. It would have been their first in more than a decade.
Naomi Judd’s daughter Ashley Judd is an actor and humanitarian and has performed in movies such as “Kiss The Girls,” “Double Jeopardy,” and “Heat.” She studies at the University of Kentucky.
Larry Strickland was married to Naomi Judd for 32 years. He was a backup singer for Elvis Presley.
Naomi Judd Net Worth
|Net Worth:||$25 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jan 11, 1946 (76 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 5 in (1.67 m)|
|Profession:||Nurse, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Songwriter, Author, Spokesperson, Voice Actor, Activist, Motivational speaker|
|Nationality:||United States of America|