Kirt Webster, President of Webster Public Relations, announces the signing of The Judds (Wynonna & Naomi collectively, not separately) for career legacy publicity. “When you think back about the songs that defined the 1980’s in Country Music, the names of Wynonna and Naomi are at the top of the list. I was honored to work with them during The Last Encore Tour in 2010 and 2011, and am humbled and excited to announce their signing and once again promote The Judds to the masses!
Both mother and daughter began their musical journey in the Appalachian foothills of Ashland, Kentucky, and lived in California for a brief period during the 1970’s before moving to Nashville. The two quickly found a regular slot on WSM-TV’s The Ralph Emery Show, performing for one of the largest local morning show audiences in the United States. Word of their talent quickly began to circle around Music Row, and the duo received an invite to audition for RCA label head Joe Galante in 1983, who signed them on the spot. They made their chart debut by the end of the year with “Had A Dream (For The Heart),” and the two were on their way to a history making career.
For the rest of the 1980’s, each single from The Judds released by RCA went to the Billboard Top-10, with fourteen going all the way to number one. They earned six Grammy Awards, nine Academy of Country Music Awards (including the prestigious Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award), nine Country Music Association awards, and sold over twenty million units worldwide!
The Judds embarked on their “Farewell Tour” in 1991, after Naomi’s diagnosis of Hepatitis C forced her to retire from the road. Wynonna launched a successful solo career with her self-titled debut album, earning a 5x Multi-Platinum certification and her first three singles reaching No.1 on the Country charts. Naomi focused on her health, beating the disease, writing several New York Times best selling books and becoming a popular motivational speaker. The duo has returned to the stage on several occasions since, including the successful Last Encore Tour in 2010-2011 and a Las Vegas residency in 2015.
In 2017, The Judds are celebrating the 30th anniversary since the debut of their legendary album Heartland. Released in February 1987, the disc included their chart-topping hits “I Know Where I’m Going,” “Maybe Your Baby’s Got The Blues,” “Turn It Loose,” and their cover of Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel.” The disc was certified Platinum for sales of one million copies in the United States!