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Wynonna spoke in a recent interview with Taste Of Country about how hard life was after her mom passed away and how George Strait helped her get through the pain and suffering.
When the country music outlet asked Wynonna if there was an artist who supported her, she responded that they all did, but there was one person she specifically highlighted who was none other than the King Of Country himself, Mr. Strait.
“My very first tour was George Strait. He’s always been somebody in my life that I’ve looked to for strength. Down to Marty Stuart, who prays for me. He and Connie (Stuart’s wife, artist Connie Smith) are sort of like my parents for prayer. I just had all these artists that come up to me. Hank Williams Jr. … I have an interesting array of friends in the music business, from Brandi Carlile to Bonnie Raitt to Joni Mitchell, who literally wrap their arms around me and say, ‘Carry On.'”
When asked if she’d go more into detail about how George Strait was there for her, she said that he was the type of person to pick up where they left off. It started during the memorial service when he looked at her with eyes full of strength and love and told her something she’d never forget.
“He has a strength about him that, it doesn’t take a lot for George to say much, but he looked right at me and said, ‘I love you, Wy.’ And I said I love you too, and he knows that I do because he was my first tour in 1985 … and these people just stand there strong like an oak tree. They’re just strong and they’re there and they support you. If I called him tomorrow, he would probably say very little. He’s not a man of many words, but he’s there.”
Wynonna Judd’s mother Naomi Judd died from suicide on April 30, 2022. She openly admits that even to this day, she has good days that outnumber the bad, but some days she just breaks down crying.
“Highs are high and the lows are low, baby,” she told Taste of Country. “Not gonna lie. There are days where I’m just as confused as I’ve ever been in my life.”
What helps her get through it all is spending time with family, especially her granddaughter. She also says what keeps her mind on the positive is that she’s always on the go doing something, having to be somewhere, and working on new music and projects.
“I kept hearing new songs, and I’ll be honest, that’s what fed me, because I had something to do, somewhere to go and somewhere to turn my pain into purpose,” she said. “I took all of that angst and sang — after “Love Can Build a Bridge” was the last song I ever sang with Mom — to “She Is His Only Need,” and I gave everything I had to that song. I remember singing it 20 and 30 times with Tony Brown as my producer, just snotting through the entire production of it and just walking through it, man. You can’t go around it, you gotta go through it, and I did. It was the most remarkable and painful rebirth I’ve ever experienced.”
Listen to Wynonna Judd talk more about dealing with her mom’s death below.