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Wynonna & The Big Noise
Friday, August 17, 7 p.m.
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Wynonna Ellen Judd was born Christina Claire Ciminella on May 30, 1964 in Ashland, Kentucky. She was given the last name after Michael Ciminella, the man her mother married after being abandoned by her boyfriend and Judd's biological father, Charles Jordan. Jordan died in 2000. Her younger half-sister is actress Ashley Judd. Naomi and Ciminella moved with the girls to Los Angeles in 1968 but divorced in 1972. By 1976, Wynonna and Naomi were living in Kentucky, where Wynonna took inspiration from the country music her mother listened to and learned to play guitar after receiving one for Christmas. The two of them moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1979 in pursuit of a musical career.
The Judds (Wynonna and mother Naomi) recorded eight albums and two Greatest Hits compilations in their six-year career together. The Judds sold more than 20 million records worldwide and had won over 60 industry awards, including five Grammy Awards, nine Country Music Association awards (seven of them consecutive), and eight Billboard Music Awards. Wynonna sang lead vocals on all of the duo's songs, and Naomi ran the duo.
After The Judds disbanded in 1991, Wynonna began a solo career; she has released eight studio albums, a live album, and a compilation album in addition to charting more than 20 singles of her own. Rolling Stone called her "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."
On the personal side, Wynonna met Arch Kelley III in 1993, and their son Elijah Judd was born on December 23, 1994, in Nashville. She married Kelley on January 21, 1996, when she was four months pregnant with their daughter, Grace Pauline (born June 21, 1996). Kelley was an observer rather than a participant in his wife's fame and felt out of place in her world. He settled into the role of house-husband on her 500-acre farm outside of Nashville. They divorced in 1998. Wynonna's second husband was her former bodyguard, D. R. Roach, whom she married on November 22, 2003, in Tennessee. On March 22, 2007, Roach was arrested for sexual assault. Judd filed for divorce five days later.
On June 10, 2012 Wynonna married her boyfriend of two plus years, musician (drummer) Cactus Moser, best known for his years with Highway 101. Moser was born as Scot Moser on May 3, 1957 in Montrose, CO. She married him at her home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.
Thanks, Rick Hum, for this background info about Wyonna! She is an artist who continues to challenge herself and grow as a performer.