Wynonna Judd has revealed she is going back on tour on her own to celebrate 40 years in the music industry – 16 months after her mom and music icon Naomi Judd committed suicide.
Wynonna, 59, who made music history with Naomi as country music duo The Judds from 1993 until her death in 2022 – said she would be ‘shedding a tear’ for her mother when she performed All of That Love From Here on the 15 date Back to Wy theater tour which will begin October 26.
The tour will feature performances from her first two solo albums, she released her self-titled debut solo album in 1992 and released second album Tell Me Why in 1993. This came after a wildly successful eight-year stint with Naomi in the duo.
Naomi Judd died from a single gunshot to the head and left a suicide note near her body on April 30 2022. According to an autopsy report Judd battled with ‘significant’ anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.
Speaking to People Wynonna said: ‘I’ve been on the road since 19 and ’83. So you do the math — and touring is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Coming out of The Judds tribute tour for me, it was time to get back to the intimacy again. It’s years celebrating not only being in country music for 40 years, but me as a soloist — I have so much to celebrate.
Tragic loss: Wynonna Judd has revealed she is going back on tour on her own to celebrate 40 years in the music industry – 16 months after her mom and music icon Naomi Judd committed suicide (pictured two weeks before Naomi’s suicide in April 2022)
Tour: Wynonna, 59, who made music history with Naomi as country music duo The Judds from 1993 until her death in 2022 – said she would be ‘shedding a tear’ for her mother when she performed All of That Love From Here on the 15 date Back to Wy theater tour which will begin October 26
‘[At the time], I was coming out of years on the road with my mom, and I just think back to that period in my life when I was by myself feeling all the feelings that one feels when you move away from home and go to college.
‘That song [All of That Love From Here] was a personal favorite to my mother. That will be one of those moments where I’ll be probably shedding a tear because that song was for my mom. And now that she’s not here, it brings even more emotion..
The star added that the pressure on her has waned and that she is determined to enjoy the concerts with her fans adding: ‘Especially now that Mom is gone, I rely on the fans more than ever.’
The 15-city tour begins on Octber 26 at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana and will end on December 1 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The star will play both albums all the way through and will end the night with some Judds classics.
Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase for Wynonna’s fan club on August 22, while general sale will begin on August 25.
In the wake of Naomi’s death Wynonna moved forward with The Judds’ The Final Tour in fall of 2022 – joined by Brandi Carlile, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Ashley McBryde, and Trisha Yearwood.
Two weeks before her shocking death, Naomi stood on stage with her daughter Wynonna in a surprise reunion at the Country Music Awards in April 2022.
They sang a powerful song of reconciliation, written by Naomi – ‘Love Can Build A Bridge’ in what was her last public appearance before her suicide.
The country superstar died of a self-inflicted bullet wound in April 2022 at the age of 76 (pictured 2009)
A toxicology report concluded that the singer had several different drugs in her system at the time of death.
The autopsy report stated: ‘She had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was transported to Williamson Medical Center where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
‘Per family, the decedent has had prior suicidal ideations and recent life stressors.
‘A weapon and a note with suicidal connotations were found near the decedent at the scene.’
According to the report, the gunshot ‘perforated through the right side of the scalp and entered the skull through an entrance-type gunshot wound.’
The Judd family said in a statement: ‘Our beloved mother and wife succumbed to mental illness. Everyone who has gone through this tragedy understands that in the depths of a mental health crisis, thinking is profoundly distorted. Moreover, the worst days are never representative of the comforts and pleasures of the days free from the disease.
Naomi and Wynonna pictured in their heyday
This was one of Naomi Judd’s final appearances in public before her death on April 30, 2022. She is pictured waving at crowds at the CMT Music Awards on April 11, 2022
‘In the aftermath of this tragedy, our family has tried to grieve, together, with our community, and importantly, with the privacy that everyone who loses a family member deserves.
‘We have always been a forthright and open family about both our hardships and the depth of our love for each other. In this particular matter, however, we ask for privacy, because a death with privacy is a death with more dignity.’
The Judds were the most successful country singers of the 80s, winning five Grammys, nine CMAs, and selling 20million records.
In the immediate aftermath of their mother’s death Ashley and Wynonna supported each other in their loss, attending her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, May 1, the day after their mother’s suicide.
Naomi had a tumultuous upbringing – and in part she attributed her depression to the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of an uncle when she was just three.
When she was 22, Naomi was raped and beaten by an ex-boyfriend, a trauma that saw her flee Los Angeles for rural Kentucky, where she lived with her children on welfare while training to become a nurse.
They lived in a home with no electricity, phone, television or indoor plumbing.
Naomi moved to Nashville when she qualified and ultimately became head nurse in an intensive care unit.
It was there that she learned a patient’s father was in the music industry. She made a tape of herself singing with Wynonna, gave it to him and ‘The Judds’ career in music was launched.
Family: Naomi is pictured with hertwo daughters, Wynonna and Ashley
On May 29, one month after her mother’s death, Wynonna wrote an emotional Instagram post in which she spoke of her unbearable grief and her fear that she would never be able to ‘surrender to the truth’ of the way her mother left this life.
She wrote about ‘personal healing,’ her sense of being ‘helpless’ and the few things she knew in the face of such despair and drama.
She said she would continue to fight for her faith, herself and her family, to continue to ‘show up & sing.’
And she vowed to ‘break the cycle’ of addiction and dysfunction that has stalked the Judd women and, with Grace’s incarceration, threatens to tumble into yet another generation.