Wynonna Judd joins Carly Pearce for surprise CMA Fest performance

It wasn’t the Music City Miracle, but Storme Warren, host of the Nissan Stadium main stage on Friday night, was right to note that Wynonna Judd’s surprise appearance during Carly Pearce’s live at CMA Fest was one of the most impressive moments in the history of the place.

After a series of performances, Pearce, presented by Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson and reigning CMA Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett, stood center stage on the massive stage and said the following:

“CMA Fest, we lost one of our absolute pillars of country music earlier this year: Miss Naomi Judd. As a girl growing up in Kentucky, I idolized the Judds and wanted to be like them. My first concert was to see Wynonna. And I’ve always loved all the music that the Judds have made and I feel like it’s such a representation of the best in country music, so CMA Fest, please , welcome Wynonna Judd.”

Wynonna Judd takes the stage during CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium on Friday, June 10, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Coming out backstage, Judd joined Pearce and sang the Judds’ “Why Not Me” in 1984. Then, amid a continuous roar from the crowd at Nissan Stadium, Wynonna Judd broke out with her raspy, gospel-style voice.

Wynonna performed the Judds’ 1990 classic “Love Can Build A Bridge” while being backed by a Pentecostal choir for last month Public memorial broadcast by CMT of his recently deceased mother, Naomi. On Friday night, she was backed only by the urgings of 50,000 country music fans and an awestruck Pearce. But, unexpectedly, Judd still raised the legendary expectation of his live art.

“I’m country, do you understand,” Judd shouted, pointing skyward in a moment of religion, showmanship and vocal mastery.

Carly Pearce and Wynonna Judd perform together during CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium on Friday, June 10, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ahead of the surprise performance, Pearce revealed to The Tennessean that she was to be joined by Judd. The importance of the moment has not been lost on the rising superstar.

“You also want your heroes to nod and pass the baton to you to be the next generation they feel, ‘country music is safe in your hands.'”

Wynonna Judd’s appearance was something of a preview of her 11-date and closing 2022 tour originally scheduled to be the Judds’ reunion events. Now, with the help of an all-female team of performers, Wynonna will continue with scheduled dates beginning Friday, September 30 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Wynonna Judd and Brandi Carlile share a moment onstage at the Ryman Auditorium honoring the memory of Judd's mother, Naomi Judd, at the A River of Time celebration in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

An impressive three-decade cast of female country music superstars including Brandi Carlile, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Ashley McBryde and Trisha Yearwood will join Wynonna through October 29. On the 29th, Faith Hill will join Wynonna to perform material from The Judds catalog.

Regarding this event, Wynonna added via a press release: “What a looping moment it will be to finish the tour in Kentucky where it all started. It means so much to have my sister friend, Faith, join me for this comedy. musical party.”

Tickets for Judds’ ‘The Final Tour’ are currently on sale via https://www.thejudds.com.

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