"I'm a communicator" says Naomi Judd
, "Whether I'm expressing myself through writing a song or a book or I am singing, acting, speaking at an engagement or even chatting one-on-one with a stranger on the street. Finding a way to share common experiences is my grand passion."
Naomi first expressed this passion for communication as half of country music's most famous mother/daughter team, The Judd's. It was there that she first captured national attention during the duo's meteoric rise. Their popularity earned them 20 top 10 hits (including 15 No. 1's) and kept them undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country music award shows. In addition, the duo won five Grammy's and a vast array of other awards and honors. As a songwriter, Naomi also won a Grammy for "Country Song of the Year" with the Judd's International hit "Love Can Build A Bridge."
In 1991, after selling over 20 million albums and videos in a mere seven years and at the pinnacle of their phenomenal career, The Judd's' reign came to an abrupt end. Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal chronic liver disease that forced her retirement. Their duet ended on a high note when their "Farewell" tour was the top grossing tour and their farewell concert was the most successful musical event in cable pay-per-view history.
With unwavering optimism and characteristic inner strength, Naomi stepped out of the spotlight to explore paths that have led to new successful endeavors. Today, she is completely cured of the Hepatitis C virus and uses the strength of her own experiences as spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation.
In 1991, Naomi created the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund, using her household name and personal time to raise invaluable awareness of the deadly Hepatitis C virus as well as research funds for the American Liver Foundation.
Though her creativity continues to flow through music and writing, today Naomi also expresses her energy on humanitarian activities, social issues and personal growth education. Her natural ability to act as a translator between academic communities and everyday people makes her a truly unique figure. Her background and knowledge on various health and family related issues has led to invitations to speak to countless conventions, seminars and high profile summits as well as numerous media awareness campaigns and Capitol Hill hearings.
This rare combination of extraordinary talent, modesty, and "tell it like it is" candor has earned Naomi the moniker of "The Star Next Door." She is just as comfortable mingling with the rich, famous and influential as she is hanging out with friends and neighbors at her rural farm. Naomi has the gift of fitting in while standing out.
Naomi says "I'm not an expert in anything except making mistakes, but I do have a PhD from the school of hard knocks with a major in crisis management. I'm a road scholar, since America is my research lab where I'm just a student of human nature."
It is this down to earth attitude along with her amazing life story that makes Naomi Judd one of the most admired and inspiring women in the world.