Wynonna Judd wrote song ‘Broken and Blessed’ after mom Naomi’s death

Wynonna Judd is healing through music.

The country star revealed she was inspired to write new music after her mom, Naomi Judd, died by suicide on April 2022.

“I just wrote a song called ‘Broken and Blessed,’ and that’s how I feel on this tour,” the 58-year-old told Entertainment Tonight earlier this week. “‘I’m somewhere between hell and hallelujah’ is one of the lines in it.”

“I struggle. And I think when I struggle, I say it onstage,” she continued.

Despite the pain, Wynonna has managed to get closer to her sister, Ashley Judd, as they lean against each other for support.

“I’m an orphan now, and I know that,” Wynonna said. “I also have a sister I’m getting close to more so than ever. That’s a remarkable thing to have someone in your life that you’re so different from, but that you can meet somewhere in the middle, and it works.”

Wynonna Judd
Wynonna is still struggling with the loss of her mother.
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Although the Grammy-winning songstress didn’t reveal when the song will be officially released, fans might be able to listen to it while she’s on tour for the next month.

In fact, Wynonna previously explained that touring has become another one of her coping mechanisms.

Wynonna decided to continue The Judds’ tour without her mother.

Wynonna and Naomi Judd singing.
Wynonna decided to continue The Judds’ tour without her mother.


“I have to admit, I’ve had an incredible, incredible opportunity to heal through all of this, to cry and to say things onstage that I’ll never say again,” she told the Hollywood Reporter about her decision to continue The Judd’s final tour after her mother’s passing.

“This is a whole other level of deep, and I wasn’t expecting it,” the singer-songwriter continued. “I knew it would be intense but this is literally, ‘Oh, my Lord.’ This is me with a broken heart being as open as I’ll probably ever be, and other people are responding to that in a way that I wasn’t expecting.”

 Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd arrive at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards
Naomi died by suicide last year.

The tour, which was Naomi and Wynonna’s first in nearly a decade, was announced on April 11. Naomi was found dead on April 30, just one day before the Judds had been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

While submerging herself into the music has been “healing,” Wynonna admitted she “lost it” while rehearsing for the first time without her mom.

“Yesterday I was in rehearsal and there’s a part in the show where they sync up Mom singing with me. And I turned around and I just lost it,” she said in October.

 Wynonna Judd singing.
The country star says she knew something was off about her mother just weeks before her death.
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Prior to the country icon’s death, Wynonna revealed she knew something was off about her mother, who had a long history of mental health issues.

“I knew something wasn’t right in terms of her being off a little bit, a bit nervous,” she said.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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