“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 our common experiences is my grand passion.”
Naomi first expressed this passion of communication as half of country music’s most famous mother/daughter team, The Judds. There, she also first captured national attention during the duo’s meteoric rise. Their popularity earned them 20 top ten hits (including 15 #1s) and kept them undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country music awards shows. In addition, the duo won five Grammys and a vast array of other awards and honors. As a songwriter, Naomi also won a Grammy for “Country Song of the Year” with the Judds’ smash hit “Love Can Build A Bridge.”
In 1991, after selling over 20 million albums and videos in only seven years and at the pinnacle of their career, The Judds’ reign came to an abrupt end, when Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a deadly liver disease. The duet ended on a high note when their farewell tour was the top grossing act and their farewell concert was the most successful musical event in cable pay-per-view history.
With unwavering optimism and inner strength, Naomi stepped out of the spotlight to explore paths that have led to new successful endeavors. Today, she is cured of Hepatitis C and is a spokesperson for the America Liver Foundation. In 1991, Naomi created the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund, using her household name and personal time to raise awareness and funds for the American Liver Foundation.
Though her creativity continues to flow through music and writing, today Naomi also expresses her energy on humanitarian activities, social issues and personal growth education. She participates 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 she returns home to Ashland, KY for the Judd’s Annual Food Drive to stock the Appalachia pantry.
A former registered nurse, Naomi Judd is well versed in women’s health concerns, and sings the benefits of harmony between mind, body and spirit. She has addressed the heads of the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the 2001 Bio-Technology Convention. She is on Dr. Andrew Weil’s board of directors as an advocate for integrative approaches to medicine alongside more modern technology.
As a former uninsured single mom on welfare, Naomi advocates health care reform on behalf of the 44 million Americans who have no medical coverage. She has spoken candidly during public appearances and press interviews about her personal experience of raising two small children as a single mother on welfare with no medical insurance.
Naomi is also a former domestic violence victim, whose story makes her a powerful motivational speaker against such injustices. She shows how emotional and physical scars can be transformed into inner strength and fulfillment.
Naomi Judd?s proudest role is as the mother of two highly successful daughters, Ashley and Wynonna. One of her 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 Naomi as a guide for encouraging families to spend time together around the dinner table.
It is her 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.