Time away gave Judd a look at "real life"

By John Benson


It’s no secret Wynonna Judd has taken her time recording what will be her eighth studio effort.

A decade has passed since the Grammy Award-winner’s last original studio effort, the No. 1 “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Now comes word the Nashville legend is working on new material that has a tentative release date this fall. Still, what took so long?

“Because an artist comes forward when they’re ready,” said Judd, calling from the Music City. “I have been in a sea of discovery raising teenagers, falling in love and getting married. I made a deal with myself and God that I would take time to really write and come from a place of honesty and authenticity that it’s necessary to take time. Like Jesus meditated in the wilderness, I have been in the wilderness taking walks, thinking about what I want to say to my fans after 30 years.”

To be fair, Judd’s life in recent years has been hectic to say the least. It was in 2011, nine months after getting married, that her new husband, Cactus Moser, was in a motorcycle accident that took his leg. It was at that time Judd said she turned off her career and went from newlywed to nurse taking care of her husband for nine months.

“Real life took over,” Judd said.

Once he was on the road to recovery, Judd said she took a year off to simply experience domesticity. She shopped for her own groceries, did her own laundry and was a housewife and mother. She said she wanted to be just a child of God and not just a “chick singer.”

“I wanted the privilege of real life,” Judd said. “I wanted to think about what is it I wanted to say because I think music is getting pretty wacky, I have to say. Maybe it’s my age. I don’t know if I’ve understood a lot of what I’ve heard, but I’ve been paying attention.

“It was good to take a sabbatical. I think every artist needs to. It’s important to stop, get off the bus and live for a minute and decide what it is you’re really wanting to say, and then come back with vengeance. That’s what I’m planning on doing.”

That leads to her upcoming album, which includes the recently released song “Something You Can’t Live Without.” Judd said the material comes from her gut and was inspired by her deepest, darkest nights to the blissful state of getting married. For this project, she’ll be singing, playing guitar and jamming with a band in a way she hasn’t done in decades.

“I’m back to where I started,” Judd said. “It’s really cool. It’s like I’m not relying as much on production. I’m playing that guitar like I did when I was 18 on the back porch and singing at the top of my lungs. I’m that girl, and it’s really cool.”

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