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Wynonna Judd announced that “A Tribute to the Judds” album is happening — featuring a star-studded list of performers singing her and her late mother Naomi Judd’s most popular songs — and it comes out in October.
The 59-year-old country singer said she’s so “excited” for these songs, made popular by their country music duo The Judds, with stars like Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes and more reimagining the tracks for the new album.
“To have all of these artists, most of which are my friends, come together and lend their voices and artistry to reimagine these songs, is so special,” Judd said in a statement on Facebook.
Wynonna Judd, Dolly Parton, Jelly Roll, Blake Shelton, Cody Johnson and more are set for 'A Tribute to The Judds' album, coming in October. See the full track list: https://t.co/U9VJcA3wHq
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“These songs are so timeless and I am so excited for them to live on for generations to come,” she added, about the 14-song collection of some of their biggest hits.
Parton and Lainey Wilson partnered to sing “Mama He’s Crazy” with McEntire working with Carly Pearce, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and “American Idol” alum Gabby Barrett for the duo’s all-time fan favorite, “Girls Night Out.”
LeAnn Rimes tackled “Have Mercy,” and Blake Shelton and wife singer Gwen Stefani teamed up on “Love Is Alive.” Jelly Roll, K. Michelle and The Fisk Jubilee Singers got together for the duos iconic song, “Love Can Build A Bridge.”
On August 18, fans of the musical duo will get a preview of the album when the first track drops, though which one that will be has yet to be announced, Billboard noted. The full list of tracks can be seen here.
The album was almost completely produced by the group’s original producer, Brent Maher. In a statement, Maher said, “To all of you who listen to this music, I wish you could have been with us in the studio when we recorded these songs.”
“There was a joy and passion along with some poignant moments in re-recording these Judds songs that are impossible to describe,” he added. “I hope you enjoy this record as much as we enjoyed making it.”
“A Tribute to The Judds” will be partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in honor Wynonna Judd’s mother, Naomi, who died by suicide in April 2022 following a lengthy mental health battle.
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