Everything to Know About ‘The Voice’ Season 24 Mega Mentor Wynonna Judd
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No one would dare deny — Wynonna Judd is a legendary figure in the country music industry. From her remarkable career as the other half of musical duo The Judds to her phenomenal solo career, Wynonna has embedded her name as a female country music icon. Here’s everything to know about her.
The Voice is officially inviting yet another legendary country artist to the stage. As per the show’s description for Season 24 Episode 15: “Country superstar Wynonna Judd serves as mega mentor; the three-way knockouts are back as coaches group three artists to perform individually against each other then select a winner to move on.”
For those who may not know, Judd will serve as an additional help to coaches during the upcoming three-way Knockout Rounds. The country star will help artists rehearse their song and develop their voice alongside coaches John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan, and Reba McEntire.
Judd will appear on The Voice beginning on November 7, in the episode titled “The Battles Part 6; Knockouts Premiere.” She will remain on the show until the Knockout Rounds conclude.
Who is Wynonna Judd?
Born Christina Claire Ciminella in Ashland, Kentucky, Wynonna’s musical career was almost dictated by fate. With her mother, Naomi Judd, forming one-half of The Judds, Wynonna’s soul deeply connected with country music. She initially rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother, releasing seven albums and 26 singles.
When The Judds disbanded in 1991, she kicked off her solo career with her self titled debut album Wynonna. This album paved way for more versatile Wynonna, showcasing her ability to effortlessly blend country, rock, and pop elements.
She later dropped her sophomore album Tell Me Why, winning country music fans by a landslide. This music collection spawned five top-10 singles after release, cementing her status as a female country music figure. Throughout the 1990s, Wynonna continued to release smash albums including Revelations and The Other Side.
Over decades, Wynonna has obtained numerous awards and accolades. She has secured five Grammy Awards and 27 top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. With her impressive contributions to country music, Wynonna has earned a well-deserved spot in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
She Lost Her Mom Last Year
In 2022, Wynonna and her sister Ashley Judd announced in an emotional post that their mother died of suicide. According to Naomi’s autopsy report, the late country music icon used a firearm to end her life.
Now, more than a year after her mother died, Wynonna has reflected on how Naomi’s death affected her music. According to the country artist, crying has been a natural occurrence since her mom’s unfortunate demise.
“I can’t think of a worse thing to go through for anybody in this life,” she said. “When you lose somebody to suicide, there’s a whole mystery there of never knowing why. So I’d cry all the time, and I think that’s necessary. That’s who I am. That’s why I sing the way I do, and it allows me to continue to be an honest artist.”
Despite her death, Wynonna continues to carve her legacy in music. Indeed, she’s one of the queens to look up to in the country music industry. In the early ’90s, she’s the confident and charismatic personality who filled the stage and radio speakers. Now, she remains to be that artist in front of the crowd, with nothing else to prove but her seamless and powerful vocal genius.