From humble beginnings as a single Mom in a small Kentucky town to her
meteoric rise as a country music superstar and American icon, Naomi
Judd's incredible lifelong journey is an inspiring story of overcoming the
odds through optimism and hard work.
Naomi Judd was first known to the world as half of country music's
mother/daughter duo, The Judds. Reaching unprecedented success
throughout the 80's and 90's, The Judds sold 20 million records, scored
fifteen #1 hits and received over sixty industry awards, including six
Grammy's and seven consecutive CMA Vocal Group of the Year awards
and the ACM's Top Vocal Duet award. At the pinnacle of their career,
Naomi was stricken with Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal chronic liver
disease, incurred from an infected needle when she worked as a
registered nurse cutting short her musical career and forcing her into
retirement to battle the disease. The Judds bid farewell to the fans in
1991, but Naomi did not step out of the public spotlight for long.
Today, Naomi is a survivor of Hepatitis C and served as the first national
spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation. Using her fame, her
experience as a former RN and her passion to help people, she's redirected
energies into communicating her learnings and research through
educating audiences about the scientific link between mind, body and
spirit in the healing process as a keynote speaker. A member of Dr.
Andrew Weil's board of directors, Naomi advocates an integrative holistic
approach to medicine along with the latest in modern technology. She
helps to bridge the conversation between academia, medical communities
and the everyday person about health and family-related issues whether
her audience is the National Institutes of Health or a group of uninsured,
single working Moms.
In 2004, her self-penned bestseller, Naomi's Breakthrough Guide, 20
Choices to Transform Your Life, remained on The New York Times bestseller
list for over eight weeks. In 2005, Naomi wrote her third children's
book, Gertie the Goldfish, and in 2006, The Transparent Life hit the
shelves. Hallmark Channel tapped her to host, Naomi's New Morning, a
weekly talk show that aired 2005 to 2007. In 2007, Naomi released yet
another best-seller titled Naomi's Guide to Aging Gratefully which was a
message of empowerment to the millions of Baby Boomers in this country.
She also served as spokesperson for Partners Against Pain, Post Cereal's
"Heart Health" campaign, Prilosec and AARP. In seasons 2008-2009 she
helped launch CMT's reality competition hit, Can You Duet as a talent
judge. And coming full circle to where we first discovered this unique,
captivating personality, Naomi and Wynonna took to the road in 2010 for "The Judds: The Last Encore Tour" and released a new single, "I Will
Stand By You." Chronicling that experience was a hit docu-series, "The
Judds," which premiered April 2011 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
The series followed the award winning mother/daughter duo as they hit
the road for their first and final concert tour in ten years. Cameras
captured their emotional journey as they worked to heal their relationship,
reconnect with the fans and share the spotlight once again.
2012 found Naomi back in the familiar role of radio host with her six-week
SiriusXM radio series "Think Twice" which launched nationwide on June 8.
She's also found time to return once again to the small screen for two
different roles, one for the Lifetime Movie Network movie The Killing
Game, based on the Iris Johansen suspense/thriller bestseller, and the
upcoming Hallmark Channel movie The Nearlyweds, premiering in January
Meanwhile, Naomi continues humanitarian efforts including River Cities
Harvest, the Saint Louis University Liver Center, M.A.D.D., Parents
Television Council, Make-A-Difference Day, Women's World Peace
Initiative, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and created her own
July 4th Judd's Annual Food Drive to benefit families of Appalachia.