Wynonna Judd

With her deep, gritty voice, twangy country accent, and hell-raisin'-and-heartache subject matter, Wynonna Judd just might be the quintessential honky-tonk country songstress. Wynonna spent her formative years in the Kentucky mountains with only a radio whose dial was stuck on country as entertainment. Doing as all good country girls do, she learned to play guitar and sing close vocal harmonies with her equally talented mother, Naomi. As the Hillbillies-in-Hollywood story always goes, the Judds moved to Music City and made a go of it. Over the past 24 years, Wynonna has both thrilled and confounded hard-core country fans and critics alike, in turn establishing her position as one of the most lauded country musicians of all time. She's more than just one-half of mother/daughter duo the Judds and has had solid forays into R&B, gospel, rock, and adult contemporary pop.

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