A seventh-generation Appalachia hillbilly whose daddy left and mama kicked her out when she got pregnant at the age of 17 just before her brother’s tragic passing–sweet pea, that’s just chapter one. We revisit Naomi Judd‘s incredible story that’s equal parts country song, horror movie and true tale of redemption and empowerment. In her 2014 Chicago Ideas Edison Talk, Judd shares her unbelievable life story with unabashed honesty and a whole lot of humor. Honey, You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up.
Naomi Judd is a Grammy Award–winning country singer. As the country music duo The Judds, Naomi and her daughter Wynonna sold 20 million records, scored fifteen #1 hits and received more than 60 industry awards. After being diagnosed with Hepatitis C, Judd turned to her current mission of empowering people through holistic health and wellness advocacy. She wrote “Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life” which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than eight weeks. The first national spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation and a current member of Dr. Andrew Weil’s board of directors, Naomi is a sought-after partner for social awareness campaigns and associations. A devoted humanitarian and born activist, she also continues her work with the National Humane Society, M.A.D.D., Parents Television Council and her own event, the Judd’s Annual Food Drive, among other organizations.