PROFILE
Name:
Wynonna Judd
Birth Date:
May 30, 1964
Birth Place:
Ashland, Kentucky, USA
Height:
5' 5½" (1.66 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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She Is His Only Need

Background:

Multiple Grammy Award winning country music singer Wynonna Judd first became famous as part of the duo The Judds, which also consisted of her mother, Naomi Judd. Between 1983 and 1991, The Judds charted 23 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, including 14 No. 1 hits (“Mama He's Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Girls Night Out,” “Love Is Alive,” “Have Mercy,” “Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days),” “Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain,” “Cry Myself to Sleep,” “I Know Where I'm Going,” “Maybe Your Baby's Got the Blues,” “Turn It Loose,” “Change of Heart,” “Young Love (Strong Love)” and “Let Me Tell You About Love”). They also recorded several successful studio albums, including the platinum selling records “Why Not Me” (1984), “Rockin' with the Rhythm” (1985), “Heartland” (1987) and “Love Can Build a Bridge” (1990).

After The Judds disbanded in 1991, Wynonna continued to enjoy success as a soloist. Her first solo album, “Wynonna” (1992), went to No. 1 on the U.S. and Canadian Country Albums charts and made the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. It was certified 5x’s platinum by RIAA. Her second and third albums, 1993's “Tell Me Why” and 1996's “Revelations,” also saw platinum certification. She produced four No. 1 country hit singles during this period with “She Is His Only Need,” “I Saw the Light,” “No One Else on Earth” (all 1992) and “To Be Loved by You” (1994). In the early 2000s, Wynonna rebounded with “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in 2003. She is set to release a new album in 2011.


Hurricane Wy

Childhood and Family:

Wynonna Judd was born Christina Claire Ciminella on May 30, 1964, in Ashland, Kentucky. Her mother, Naomi (then known by her birth name Diana), was in high school at the time and her biological father, Charles Jordan, left them almost immediately. To build a conventional family unit, Naomi married Michael Ciminella, a marketing specialist in the horseracing industry, whom Wynonna considered her father. She never met her biological father, who died in August 2000.

Wynonna's half-sister, Ashley Judd, was born in on April 19, 1968, before the Ciminella family relocated in Los Angeles in 1968. However, her parents divorced in 1972. After the separation, Wynonna spent a time living on welfare before returning to Kentucky with her mother in 1976. Living in a mountain home with no television or phone, young Wynonna was exposed to the country music her mother listened to on the radio. She learned to play guitar after getting one as a Christmas gift and by 1979, the mother and daughter went to Nashville in an attempt to break into the music industry.

In 1993, Wynonna met Arch Kelley and their son Elijah Judd was born December 23, 1994. The couple eventually married on January 21, 1996. Their second child, daughter Grace Pauline, was born on June 21, 1996. Wynonna and Arch split up in 1999. Wynonna married her second husband, D. R. Roach, a former bodyguard, on November 22, 2003, in Tennessee. She filed for divorce in March 2007 after Roach was arrested for sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. Wynonna's nicknames include Hurricane Wy, Sweet Tater and Red.


The Judds

Career:

Wynonna Judd and her mother scored a record contract with RCA Records in 1983. Their first studio album, “Wynonna & Naomi” (1983), went to No. 8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 153 on the Billboard 200. It went gold in the U.S., and contained the country hit single “Mama He's Crazy” (1984). The song won a 1985 Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The duo gained bigger success with their next effort, “Why Not Me” (1984), which rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and double platinum. The album produced the No. 1 hit singles “Why Not Me” (1984), “Girls Night Out” (1985) and “Love Is Alive” (1985). “Why Not Me” earned the duo their second Grammy Award.

Released in October 1985, the third studio album “Rockin' with the Rhythm” gave the duo another No. 1 hit record when it topped the Top Country Albums on March 1, 1986. It was nominated for Favorite Country Album at the 1987 American Music Awards and has been certified platinum by RIAA. The singles “Have Mercy,” “Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days),” “Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Cry Myself to Sleep” went to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. “Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)” won a 1987 Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. “Heartland” followed in February 1987 and stayed at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart from March 21, 1987, to April 11, 1987. The album spawned the No. 1 hits “I Know Where I'm Going,” “Maybe Your Baby's Got the Blues” and “Turn It Loose.” The album was certified platinum by RIAA.

The duo's first greatest hits collection, “Greatest Hits,” was launched in August 1988. It rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and went double platinum in the U.S. It yielded the hit singles “Give a Little Love” and “Change of Heart,” which peaked at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs, respectively, with the former song winning a 1989 Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. In 1989, Wynonna and her mother released a new studio album, “River of Time,” which went to No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Albums. It generated the number one hit singles “Young Love (Strong Love)” and “Let Me Tell You About Love.” The album went gold in the U.S.

The sixth studio album, “Love Can Build a Bridge,” was released on September 11, 1990. It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and was eventually certified platinum by RIAA. The album produced hit singles with “Born to Be Blue” (#5), “Love Can Build a Bridge” (#5) and “One Hundred and Two” (#6). The title track won a 1992 Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The Judds disbanded in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. They would reunite occasionally for special tours between 1998 and 2000 and then from 2008 to 2010. Their last album, “Big Bang Boogie,” was released as a bonus disc included on Wynonna's album “New Day Dawning.”

Wynonna went on to perform as a solo act and signed with MCA Records in association with Curb Records. She released her solo debut album “Wynonna” on March 31, 1992. Produced by Tony Brown, the album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and was certified 5x’s platinum by RIAA. In Canada, the album peaked at No.1 on the Country Albums Chart and went double platinum. The single “She Is His Only Need,” (1992) rose to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks. It also charted at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. She scored two more No. 1 hit singles with “I Saw the Light” and “No One Else on Earth” (both 1992). The fourth and final single, “My Strongest Weakness,” (1992) peaked at No. 4 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Wynonna's sophomore effort, “Tell Me Why,” was released by MCA/Curb on May 11, 1993. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums, No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 29 on the Canadian Albums Chart. It produced the hit singles “Tell Me Why,” “Only Love,” “Is It Over Yet,” “Rock Bottom” and “Girls with Guitars,” all Top Ten hits on the Billboard country music charts. The album went platinum in the U.S. and Canada.

Also in 1993, Wynonna contributed guest vocals to Clint Black's single “A Bad Goodbye” (from the album “No Time to Kill”). The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the success of the song, the two headlined the “Black & Wy” tour. She continued to make guest performances on Michael English's “Healing” (1994) and Tammy Wynette's “Girl Thang” (1994), which peaked at No. 67 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs.

Wynonna released the album “Revelations” on February 13, 1996. It went to No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and earned platinum certification from RIAA. The lead single “To Be Loved by You” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, No. 25 on the Hot Adult Contemporary and No. 3 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks. The album also produced the country singles “Heaven Help My Heart” (#14), “My Angel Is Here” (#44) and “Somebody to Love You” (#55). Still in 1996, Wynonna performed the Diane Warren song “Makin' My Way (Any Way That I Can)” for the soundtrack of the motion picture “The Associate,” starring Whoopi Goldberg.

A compilation album called “Collection” was released by MCA/Curb on April 8, 1997. It peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 72 on the Billboard 200. Shortly thereafter, she left MCA and signed with Mercury Records.

Wynonna's fourth album, “The Other Side,” was released on October 21, 1997, on Universal/Curb Records. The album, which was produced by John Berry, Brent Maher, David Pack and Billy Joe Walker, Jr., rose to No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 38 on the Billboard 200. It was certified gold by RIAA. “The Other Side” generated three charted singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with “When Love Starts Talkin',” “Come Some Rainy Day” and “Always Will.”

Entering the new millennium, Wynonna was reunited with her mother for a tour, which started on New Year's Day. A month later, on February 1, 2000, she released the album “New Day Dawning,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 40 on the Billboard 200. It produced two charted singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs with “Can't Nobody Love You (Like I Do)” and “Going Nowhere.” A bonus EP called “Big Bang Boogie” was included for the initial presses of the album. A song called “Stuck in Love” was released as a single and charted at No. 26 on the U.S. Country Chart.

Wynonna returned in August 2003 with “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” her first album for Asylum-Curb Records. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 8 on the Billboard 200. It produced the charted singles “What the World Needs,” “Flies on the Butter (You Can't Go Home Again)” and a cover of Foreigner's “I Want to Know What Love Is.” The album also contained a cover of the Elvis Presley hit “Burning Love,” which she recorded for the animated movie “Lilo & Stitch,” and “You Are,” which appeared in the movie “Someone Like You,” a film starring Wynonna's half-sister, Ashley Judd.

“Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime,” Wynonna's second release for Asylum-Curb Records, was released on September 27, 2005. Recorded live at the Grand Ole Opry on February 1, 2005, the album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and 25 on the Billboard 200. The bonus track “Attitude” was released as a single and peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in late 2005. A holiday album called “A Classic Christmas” followed on October 10, 2006. It rose to No. 10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums, No. 53 on the Billboard 200 and No. 14 on the Billboard Holiday Albums. Her version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Winter Wonderland” went to No. 3 and No. 18 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts, respectively.

On February 3, 2009, Wynonna released the album “Sing: Chapter 1” on Asylum-Curb Records. It went to No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 37 on the Billboard 200. The second single, “Sing,” charted at No. 4 on the Hot Dance Club Songs in 2009.

Wynonna launched a compilation album named “Love Heals” on May 24, 2010. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 32 on the Billboard 200. The same year, she was reunited with her mother for a tour and they released a new single titled “I Will Stand by You.” The song was included in The Judds' greatest hits album “I Will Stand by You: The Essential Collection,” which was released on April 5, 2011, via Curb Records. The album rose to No. 34 on the Billboard Top Country Albums.

Wynonna's new single, “Love It Out Loud,” is set to be released in 2011.


Awards:

  • Grammy: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, “Love Can Build A Bridge,” 1992

  • Grammy: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, “Give A Little Love,” 1989

  • Grammy: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, “Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days),” 1987

  • Grammy: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, “Why Not Me,” 1986

  • Grammy: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, “Mama He's Crazy,” 1985

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