Wynonna Judd is one of the rare country music artists who has enjoyed two careers-one as one half of the successful Judds, with her mother Naomi, and another as a solo artist.
Wynonna was born Christina Ciminella on May 30, 1964, in Ashland, Ky. Her single mother, Naomi, and younger sister, actress Ashley Judd, lived in the rural Appalachian area of the bluegrass state. Without television in their home, Wynonna focused her energy on developing her natural born musical talents.
After moving to Nashville by way of Los Angeles, the Judds landed a recording contract with RCA after an impromptu audition. Thus began Wynonna's first career as the Judds, who enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top as one of the most successful country acts of the 1980s. The Judds stormed on to the charts with "Mama He's Crazy" and continued with countless singles including "Let Me Tell You About Love," "Grandpa Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ole Days," "Why Not Me," "Turn It Loose," "Girls Night Out" and "Rockin' With the Rhythm of the Rain," and "Love Can Build A Bridge." Her mother retired from the road at the end of 1991, paving the way for Wynonna's solo debut in 1992.
Her debut album Wynonna sold more than five million copies and included three No. 1 hits: "She Is His Only Need," "I Saw the Light," and "No One Else on Earth." Wynonna toured with Clint Black to promote her album Tell Me Why, as well as their hit duet "A Bad Goodbye."
The 1996 album Revelations boasted the No. 1 hit "To Be Loved by You." She then released the 1997 album The Other Side. In 1999, she reunited with her mother for a New Year's Eve concert in Phoenix. The following year, the duo recorded four new tracks for a bonus disc issued with Wynonna's New Day Dawning and undertook a multi-city tour. Wynonna was included on film soundtracks for Lilo & Stitch and sister Ashley movie Someone Like You.
In 2003, Wynonna released What the World Needs Now Is Love, which debuted at No.1 and scored a Top 20 hit with the title track. In 2004, she celebrated her 20th anniversary in country music by releasing the single "Flies on the Butter (You Can't Go Home Again)" which features harmonies by Naomi. Wynonna released Sing: Chapter 1 in 2008, a collection of well-known cover songs.