Grammy Award winning singer Naomi Judd makes up half of country music’s most famous mother/daughter duo, The Judds. Over the course of her stunning career, Naomi won 5 Grammy Awards and an array other music awards and honors. After receiving Hepatitis C diagnosis, Naomi retired from music, but continues to inspire others through humanitarian activities and awareness campaigns. Naomi’s meteoric rise to country music superstar and American icon – from her humble beginnings as a single mom in a small Kentucky town – is an inspiring story of overcoming the odds through optimism and hard work.
Described as the “star next door” for her extraordinary talents and tell-it-like-it-is candor, Judd provides an authentic voice to communicate complicated issues ranging from health and wellness, aging and parenting, to the power of the mind-body-spirit connection.
After selling more than 20 million albums and videos in 7 years and at the pinnacle of their career, The Judds’ reign came to an abrupt end when Naomi was diagnosed and forced her retirement. Naomi created the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund to raise awareness of the deadly Hepatitis C virus, and today, she is cured of the virus and serves as spokesperson for the America Liver Foundation. Her autobiography, Love Can Build A Bridge, was a New York Times bestseller.
Eight Characteristics of a Survivor
Loss of your job, a health crisis, and failing relationships are just a couple of the common drivers of personal crisis that cause feelings of loss of control of your life. Learn how to not only survive but thrive amidst personal difficulties as Naomi discusses the eight characteristics of survivors from having a support system to having a purpose in your life.
How to Have a Breakthrough, Not a Breakdown
Given only 3 years to live when diagnosed with hepatitis C and forced to leave behind her musical career during the pinnacle of The Judds’ success, the now recovered Naomi Judd shares her hard-won wisdom that peace of mind isn’t the absence of a problem, it’s in finding the proven ways to deal with them. This speech is inspired from her New York Times bestselling book, Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide.
Inspired by her book, Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully, this lecture presents facts, myths, insights and good news for Boomers in a delightfully entertaining way through a message of looking for more meaningful ways we can define ourselves so we can enjoy aging.
From humble beginnings as a single Mom in a small Kentucky town to her meteoric rise as a country music superstar and American icon, Naomi Judd’s incredible lifelong journey is an inspiring story of overcoming the odds through optimism and hard work.
Naomi Judd was first known to the world as half of country music’s mother/daughter duo, The Judds. Reaching unprecedented success throughout the 80’s and 90’s, The Judds sold 20 million records, scored fifteen #1 hits and received over sixty industry awards, including six Grammy’s and seven consecutive CMA Vocal Group of the Year awards and the ACM’s Top Vocal Duet award. At the pinnacle of their career, Naomi was stricken with Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal chronic liver disease, incurred from an infected needle when she worked as a registered nurse cutting short her musical career and forcing her into retirement to battle the disease. The Judds bid farewell to the fans in 1991, but Naomi did not step out of the public spotlight for long.
Today, Naomi is a survivor of Hepatitis C and served as the first national spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation. Using her fame, her experience as a former RN and her passion to help people, she’s re-directed energies into communicating her learnings and research through educating audiences about the scientific link between mind, body and spirit in the healing process as a keynote speaker. A member of Dr. Andrew Weil’s board of directors, Naomi advocates an integrative holistic approach to medicine along with the latest in modern technology. She helps to bridge the conversation between academia, medical communities and the everyday person about health and family-related issues whether her audience is the National Institutes of Health or a group of uninsured, single working Moms.
In 2004, her self-penned bestseller, Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide, 20 Choices to Transform Your Life, remained on The New York Times best-seller list for over eight weeks. In 2005, Naomi wrote her third children’s book, Gertie the Goldfish, and in 2006, The Transparent Life hit the shelves. Hallmark Channel tapped her to host, Naomi’s New Morning, a weekly talk show that aired 2005 to 2007. In 2007, Naomi released yet another best-seller titled Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully which was a message of empowerment to the millions of Baby Boomers in this country. She also served as spokesperson for Partners Against Pain, Post Cereal’s “Heart Health” campaign, Prilosec and AARP. In seasons 2008-2009 she helped launch CMT’s reality competition hit, Can You Duet as a talent judge. And coming full circle to where we first discovered this unique, captivating personality, Naomi and Wynonna took to the road in 2010 for
“The Judds: The Last Encore Tour” and released a new single, “I Will Stand By You.” Chronicling that experience was a hit docu-series, “The Judds,” which premiered April 2011 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The series followed the award winning mother/daughter duo as they hit the road for their first and final concert tour in ten years. Cameras captured their emotional journey as they worked to heal their relationship, reconnect with the fans and share the spotlight once again.
2012 finds Naomi back in the familiar role of radio host with her six-week SiriusXM radio series “Think Twice” launching nationwide June 8. She has also found time to add another film project to her list of accomplishments as she shoots “The Nearlyweds” in Vancouver in June for the Hallmark Channel. The film will air January 12, 2013.
Meanwhile, Naomi continues humanitarian efforts including River Cities Harvest, the Saint Louis University Liver Center, M.A.D.D., Parents Television Council, Make-A-Difference Day, Women’s World Peace Initiative, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and created her own July 4th Judd’s Annual Food Drive to benefit families of Appalachia.