Wynonna Judd says The Judds planned ‘farewell’ concert tour will go on, despite the death of her mother and singing partner, Naomi Judd. Wynonna said during the Nashville memorial for Naomi that aired on CMT: “I’ve made a decision, and I thought I’d share it on national television that, after a lot of thought, I’m gonna have to honor her and do this tour. The show must go on, as hard as it may be, and we will show up together, and you will carry me as you’ve carried me for 38 years. So we will continue this spectacle. That’s what she would want, right?”
During the memorial for Naomi Judd, daughter Wynonna also performed The Judds hit song “River of Time,” and sang a duet of “The Rose” with Brandi Carlile. Sister, Ashley opened the memorial by saying: “Thank you for being in community and fellowship with us. Thank you for showing up for our mom. We are here tonight remembering an icon and a legend who left country music better than she found it.”
The memorial service, hosted by Robin Roberts, included performances from Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson, Emmylou Harris and Allison Russell. Bono, Oprah Winfrey, Reba McEntire, Salma Hayek, Reese Witherspoon and Morgan Freeman appeared in filmed testimonials.
Naomi took her own life at the age of 76 after years of battling depression and anxiety. Her death came just one day before she and Wynonna were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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