Country Music Legend and Author
“I’m a communicator,” says Naomi Judd. “Whether I’m expressing myself through writing a song or a book or I am singing, acting, speaking at an engagement or even chatting one-on-one with a stranger on the street. Finding a way to share common experiences is my grand passion.”
Judd first expressed this passion of communication as half of country music’s most famous mother/daughter team, The Judd’s. It was there, she first captured national attention during the duo’s meteoric rise. Their popularity earned them 20 top 10 hits (including 15 number 1’s) and kept them undefeated for eight consecutive year’s at all three major country music awards shows. In addition, the duo won five Grammy’s and a vast array of other awards and honors. As a songwriter, Judd also won a Grammy for “Country Song of the Year” with the Judd’s International hit “Love Can Build A Bridge.”
In 1991, after selling over 20 million albums and videos in a mere seven years and at the pinnacle of their phenomenal career, The Judd’s’ reign came to an abrupt end. Judd was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal chronic liver disease that forced her retirement. Their duet ended on a high note when their “Farewell” tour was the top grossing tour and their farewell concert was the most successful musical event in cable pay-per-view history.
With unwavering optimism and characteristic inner strength, Judd stepped out of the spotlight to explore paths that have led to new successful endeavors. Today, she is completely cured of the Hepatitis C virus and uses the strength of her own experiences as spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation. In 1991, Judd created the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund, using her household name and personal time to raise invaluable awareness of the deadly Hepatitis C virus as well as research funds for the American Liver Foundation.
Though her creativity continues to flow through music and writing, today Judd also expresses her energy on humanitarian activities, social issues and personal growth education. Her natural ability to act as a translator between academic communities and everyday people makes her a truly unique figure. Her background and knowledge on various health and family related issues has led to invitations to speak to countless conventions, seminars and high profile summits as well as numerous media awareness campaigns and Capitol Hill hearings.
Naomi Judd – Former registered nurse, well versed in women’s health concerns, sings the benefits of harmony between mind, body and spirit. Judd has addressed the heads of the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the 2001 Bio-Technology Convention. Judd is on Dr. Andrew Weil’s board of directors as an advocate for integrative approaches to medicine incorporated alongside more modern technology.
Naomi Judd – Former uninsured single Mom on Welfare. Judd advocates health care reform on behalf of the 44 million Americans who have no medical coverage. She has spoken candidly during public appearances and media interviews about her personal experience of raising two small children as a single mother on welfare with no medical insurance.
Naomi Judd – Former domestic violence victim. Judd’s dramatic story as a victim of domestic violence makes her a powerful motivation speaker against such injustices. She shows how emotional and physical scars can be transformed into inner strength and fulfillment.
Naomi Judd – Mother of two highly successful daughters. One of Judd’s priorities is the restoration of the family. Naomi’s Home Companion, a cookbook filled with deliciously simple recipes, “food for thought” and family photos, was written by Judd as a guide for encouraging families to spend time together around the dinner table. Daughters Ashley and Wynonna, along with their husbands and children, share adjoining farms with Judd, making it convenient for their “family time” activities and “get togethers.” Her 2004 Food Network Special The Family Table was a most watched event.
Naomi Judd – Humanitarian. Believing that “service is the work of the soul and we’re here to grow in love, wisdom and be of service,” Judd is active in humanitarian and social issues participating in anti-violence programs like the Safe School Summit, and the Women’s World Peace Initiative. She’s on the board of M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), a board member of USA Weekend’s Make A Difference Day (promoting volunteer work), a member of the Parents Television Council, and has donated her time and money to Kids on Stage (local school program promoting the arts). In addition to helping start a hospice in her hometown, every Fourth of July, the small town Ashland, Kentucky girl returns home for the Judd’s Annual Food Drive to stock the Appalachia pantry.
Naomi Judd – Entrepreneur. Her best selling skin care line, “Esteem”, combines the best of skin science and Judd’s philosophy; the importance of self esteem. Currently in development are a line of products for the home to encourage Americans to “slow down, simplify and be kind.”
Naomi Judd – Author. In 2004, her best seller, Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide, 20 Choices to Transform Your Life remained on the New York Times best-seller list for over 8 weeks. In December 2005, Judd wrote her third children’s book Gertie the Goldfish and in January 2006, The Transparent Life hit the shelves. In January 2007 Judd released yet another best-seller, Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully.
Naomi Judd – Talk Show Host. A woman of warm-hearted wisdom and hard-won philosophies, Naomi’s New Morning, a one-hour, weekly talk show series, can be found exclusively on the Hallmark Channel, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT.
This rare combination of extraordinary talent, modesty, and “tell it like it is” candor has earned Judd the moniker of “The Star Next Door.” She is just as comfortable mingling with the rich, famous and influential as she is hanging out with friends and neighbors at her rural farm. Judd has the gift of fitting in while standing out.
Judd says “I’m not an expert in anything except making mistakes, but I do have a PhD. from the school of hard knocks with a major in crisis management. I’m a road scholar, since America is my research lab where I’m just a student of human nature.”
It is this down to earth attitude along with her amazing life story that makes Naomi Judd one of the most admired and inspiring women in the world.