Naomi Judd's illustrious music career as "Country's Cinderella" took off in the 1980s as she and her daughter Wynonna climbed the charts. The Judds have sold over 20 million albums; won six Grammys, nine Country Music Association awards, and eight Billboard Music Awards, and recorded 14 number-one hits.
In addition to her success as a singer and musician, Ms. Judd has tried her hand at acting and producing. She co-executive produced the TV biography of the Judds, Naomi and Wynonna: Love Can build a Bridge. In addition, she guest-starred in episodes of The Client, Sisters, and Touched By an Angel. She also currently hosts specials on the Family Channel, Very Personal with Naomi Judd, which features interviews with guests ranging from Jay Leno and Larry King to Rosie O'Donnell, Tim Allen, and Jane Seymour.
In 1991, Naomi was forced into early retirement from music after being diagnosed with the blood disease Hepatitis C. Now free of the illness, Naomi has focused her energies on humanitarian projects including the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund for the American Liver Foundation and serving as the national spokesperson for the Foundation. Naomi also is spokesperson and board member of the national volunteer initiative, Make-a-Difference-Day, and chairwoman for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Naomi also hosts the annual Naomi Judd Food Drive, and raised 35,000 pounds of food for Feed the Children last year.
Naomi shares her personal struggles and triumphs in her popular motivational speaking tour. In May 1999, Naomi brought her inspirational message to a wider audience with a nationally syndicated radio show, Heart to Heart with Naomi Judd, in which she combines music, humor, and insights into faith and values. Heart to Heart can be heard on country music stations nationwide every Sunday from 8:00 p.m. to midnight ET.
Ms. Judd currently lives in Tennessee with her husband, Larry Strickland. Her family includes her daughters, musician Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd, and two grandchildren.