Derby Experiences couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that Wynonna & The Big Noise will be headlining the Fillies & Lilies Party again this year! We are over the moon to host this group of incredible musicians, each a legend in their own right but downright electrifying when on the same stage. Today we focus on the frontwoman of this group, an enigma we knew 35 years ago as one half of The Judds and today needs no introduction other than just ‘Wynonna.’
Back in 1983, the world was blessed with the dulcet harmonies of The Judds, a Kentucky-based mother-daughter duo comprised of Naomi and Wynonna Judd. These two combined the voices of angels with an acoustic guitar to bring us country in its simplest, purest form.
We fell head-over-heels for The Judds in 1984 after the release of their first album, Why Not Me. This album included a number of the songs that we’ve come to know as their classic hits – “Why Not Me,” “Love Is Alive,” and “Mama He’s Crazy.” It was hard not to be affected by their endearing lyrics paired with The Judds’ sweet, unassuming style. Their second album, Rockin’ with the Rhythm, featured enduring singles like “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” “Have Mercy,” and “Cry Myself to Sleep.”
The Judds climbed to the top of the country music charts and remained there until 1991, when Naomi was forced to retire due to health issues.
Wynonna Goes Solo
After The Judds split up professionally, Wynonna began her own journey as a solo artist. In 1992, she first performed “She Is His Only Need” and launched her eponymous debut as Wynonna. 1992 also saw upbeat hits like “I Saw the Light” and “No One Else on Earth.” 5 million copies of Wynonna shipped in the U.S., reassuring fans that even though her mother was no longer in the musical picture, Wynonna wasn’t going anywhere.
Tell Me Why, Wynonna’s second album, produced five Top Ten country hits in a row and further cemented her spot at the top. She released a string of successful albums in the 90’s, somehow managing to find time to collaborate with other popular artists as well as tour relentlessly. Eventually, Wynonna’s sound became edgier, evolving into a bluesy style with inimitable gumption.
Wynonna’s a hard worker and hasn’t taken a substantial break since she got her start in the 80’s, constantly working on new material and touring the world. She’s reunited with her mother to perform several times over the years, has guest-starred on a number of television shows recently, proven herself as a writer, and maintained a reputation as a renowned philanthropist.
See Wynonna Perform Live at the Fillies & Lilies Party!
The 3rd annual Fillies and Lilies Party will benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, an organization that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain, and rehome Thoroughbreds. This party promises an evening full of delicious cuisine, drinks, and entertainment!
Located right on the grounds of Churchill Downs in the Derby Museum, this Oaks night party is an ideal end to a thrilling day at the track. In an intimate setting amidst the allure of the Derby exhibits and tradition of America’s oldest sporting event, the Fillies & Lilies Party will feature an exclusive live performance, a premium open bar, a bourbon lounge, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and much more. Dress in cocktail attire or wear your Derby outfit – it’s up to you!