Nashville, Tenn – Naomi Judd has died, whose family harmony with her daughter Winona turned them into Grammy-winning country stars, The Judds. She was 76.
Her daughters, Wynan and Ashley, announced her death Saturday in a statement to the Associated Press.
“Today, sisters, we have experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother due to a mental illness, ”the statement reads. “We are broken. We are deeply saddened and know that as much as we loved her, so did the public. We are in unknown territory. “
Naomi Judd died near Nashville, Tennessee, according to a statement on behalf of her husband and fellow singer Larry Strickland.
It says no further details about her death will be released, and asks for privacy as the family mourns.
The Hall of Fame of country music continued with the ceremony of joining The Judds scheduled for Sunday.
“Naomi overcame incredible adversity on the way to a significant place in the history of music. Her triumphant life story overshadows today’s tragic news, ”Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young said in a statement. “Her family asked us to extend Juds’ official Hall of Fame on Sunday. We will do this with heavy hearts and burdened minds. The music of Naomi and Winona’s daughter will be preserved. “
They have also just announced an arena tour that will begin in the fall, their first joint tour in more than a decade.
The mother and daughter performers have written 14 songs number 1 over their career, which has lasted nearly three decades.
The redheaded duo combined traditional Appalachian sounds with blue and exquisite pop styles, recording hit after hit in the 1980s.
Winona led the duo with her powerful vocals, and Naomi provided harmony and a stylish look on stage.
They also went back to the awards when they did performed at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month.
“For the honor of witnessing ‘Love can build a bridge’ just a few weeks ago,” Singer Maren Morris wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
“This is heartfelt news! Naomi Judd was one of the nicest people I ever knew, ”singer Travis Trit posted to Twitternoting that he worked with Judd several times on screen and during performances.
Country music has lost a real legend … sing with angels, Naomi !!! Today we are all praying for the Judd family, ”said singer Carrie Underwood wrote on Twitter.
Climbing to the top of country music, she stopped in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with S. Winona’s hepatitis and continued her solo career.
Judd’s hits included “Love Can Build a Bridge” in 1990, “Mama He’s Crazy” in 1984, “Why Not Me” in 1984, “Turn It Loose” in 1988, “Girls Night Out” in 1985, “Rockin ‘With the Rhythm of the Rain” 1986 and “Grandpa” 1986
Naomi, born Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky, was working as a single mother and nurse in Nashville when she and Winona began singing professionally together.
Their unique harmonies along with elements of acoustic music, blues and blues set them apart in the genre of the time.
“We had such originality of what we were trying to do,” Naomi Judd told The AP after it was announced that they would enter the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In an interview with AP in March, Naomi Judd said she was already deeply prepared for the upcoming tour and was looking forward to being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“Getting all the incredible opportunities I’ve had, being reminded of it all makes me very humiliated and I just want to bask in the moment,” Judd said.
Winona Judd noted that they had been kept together by music throughout their lives.
“Music is a bridge between my mother and me, and it connects us together,” she told the AP. “Even in difficult times.”
Between 1984 and 1991, The Judds released six studio albums and an EP and won nine Country Music Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. Together, they won five Grammy Awards for hits such as “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love”, and Naomi won a sixth “Grammy” for writing “Love Can Build a Bridge”.
Judd also played in the 1994 Super Bowl break with Travis Trit, Clint Black and Tanya Tucker.
The Judas sang about family, faith in marriage and the virtue of fidelity. Because Naomi looked very young, they were mistaken for sisters at the beginning of her career. It is also known that she prefers bright stage outfits full of glitter and rhinestones than casual boots and cowboy style clothes.
They first caught attention when they sang at Ralph Emery’s morning show in the early 1980s, where the host called them “soap sisters” because Naomi said she used to make soap herself.
After the success of “Mama He’s Crazy”, they received the Horizon Award at the 1984 CMA Awards. Naomi began her speech with the words, “I slapped the dog and spat into the fire!”
Naomi Judd spoke openly about her health problems as well as severe depression and anxiety. In her memoir “Cancer of Time”, she described her diagnosis of hepatitis C, which she said she unknowingly contracted while working as a nurse. She said that by 1995 doctors had told her she was completely free of the virus.
In her memoirs, she described the feeling of losing her identity when she returned home after a union tour in 2010, isolated herself in her home and struggled with panic attacks. She also said she had dealt with trauma from childhood sexual abuse. She was admitted to the psychiatric ward of the hospital and spent time in outpatient treatment.
Ashley Judd’s daughter is an actor and humanist known for her roles in films such as “Girl’s Kiss”, “Double Danger” and “Heat”.
Strickland, who was Elvis Presley’s backup, was married to Naomi Judd for 32 years.