The Judds started performing in Nashville, and by 1983, they had been signed to RCA Records. The label issued a six-song EP titled Wynonna & Naomi. Released as singles from it were "Had a Dream (For the Heart)", a cover of a Elvis Presley B-Side, and "Mama He's Crazy", their first #1 hit and the 1984 winner of the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Their first full-length album Why Not Me came out later in 1984, and between then and 1990, the two had recorded a total of five albums, one EP, and one Greatest Hits Album. They also dominated the ACM and CMA Duo of the Year awards, in addition to racking up a myriad of Grammy Awards through hit songs such as "Why Not Me", "Grandpa (Tell Me 'bout the Good Ol' Days)", "Give a Little Love", and "Love Can Build a Bridge". Most of these songs put Wynonna's throaty voice to the front, delivering twangy traditional country with a modern polish.
Due to a combination of Creative Differences and Naomi coming down with hepatitis, the Judds broke up amicably in 1991 following a second greatest-hits album. Wynonna spent the rest of her career recording as a solo artist, although she occasionally reunited with her mother for the occasional tour and single.
Wynonna is a sister of Ashley Judd.
- Wynonna & Naomi (EP) (1984)
- Why Not Me (1984)
- Rockin' with the Rhythm (1985)
- Heatland (1987)
- Greatest Hits (1988)
- River of Time (1989)
- Love Can Build a Bridge (1990)
- Greatest Hits Volume Two (1991)
- Big Bang Boogie (EP) (2000)note
- I Will Stand by You: The Essential Collection (2011)
- Band of Relatives: Mother and daughter.
- Christmas Songs: They recorded a Christmas song titled "Light of the Stable" in 1984, and a rendition of "Silver Bells" which was originally issued on their Christmas album in 1987 but did not chart until 1998.
- Lipstick Mark: Occurs in "Have Mercy": "The lipstick on your collar gives your game away / It's strawberry red and mine's pink roses."
- Record Producer: All of their material was produced by Brent Maher.
- Re-release the Song: "Change of Heart" and "John Deere Tractor" were originally recorded on their debut album, but were reissued in 1988 off a Greatest Hits Album, and 1990 off their last studio album respectively.
- Romantic Hyperbole: "Love Can Build a Bridge" uses over-the-top romantic imagery which provides the page quote.
- Singer Name Drop: Carl Perkins plays lead guitar on "Let Me Tell You About Love", and Wynonna says "Pick it, Perkins" before one of his solos.
- 6 Is 9: One of their reunion songs was titled "The 90's Was the 60's Turned Upside Down".
- Song Style Shift: The first 1:05 of "Born to Be Blue" is a slow, bluesy piano intro (which was cut from the radio edit), while the rest of the song is more upbeat.