Starting a new career after coming from super stardom might make one ask themselves, “where do I go from here?” If you were a multi-talented vocalist such as Wynonna Judd, your answer would be, “right to the top!” As any country fan knows Wynonna and her mother, Naomi, were the chart-busting duo known as the Judds. They were signed to RCA Records in 1983 and between 1983 and 1991 they charted 23 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart including 14 Number Ones. In their six-year career, the Judds sold more than 20 million records worldwide and won over 60 industry awards, including five Grammy Awards, nine Country Music Association awards (seven of them consecutive) and eight Billboard Music Awards. At that time they were the biggest-selling duo in country music and remained so until they disbanded in the 1990’s. It was an immensly successful relationship, Wynonna sang lead vocals on all of the duo’s songs while Naomi handled the business end. At times it was tumultuous but always successful. It was a bout of Hepatitis C that forced Naomi into retirement following a 1991 farewell tour. After the duo broke up, Wynonna signed with MCA Records as a solo artist and was a breakthrough success.
On April 2, 1992 Wynonna performed solo on television for the first time at the American Music Awards. She unveiled “She is His Only Need” the first single from her self-titled solo debut album. This album, Wynonna, was released in 1992 and immediately went to Number One on the Billboard Country Singles Charts that year, as did the album’s next two singles “I Saw The Light” and “No One Else On Earth.” The former, “She Is His Only Need,” was named the number one country song of 1992 according to Billboards Year-End. Her second album “Tell Me Why” immediately went Platinum and produced five consecutive Top Ten hits on the counry charts.
In 2000, Wynonna reunited with her mother on a tour beginning New Year’s Day. It was immensely popular and while Naomi was not able to handle the rigors of a second tour it did lead to her collaboration on several of Wynonna’s later records. They reunited in 2010 with a new album and an 18-show tour. On November 2011 Wynonna debuted her new band “Wynonna and the Big Noise” with a new release, her 2011 Greatest Hits Collection. Her solo career was capped with a star on the Music City’s Walk of Fame and the award as the “ACM Artist Of The Year.” Patsy would be proud!