Wynonna Judd: ‘The Thought of Someone Decorating Their Tree to Our Album Makes Me Stop for a Second’
Wynonna Judd's Christmas releases are some of the most-played albums during the holidays, and the singer says that knowing that people are listening to her music as they're making holiday memories means a lot.
'Christmas Time with the Judds,' released in 1987, and her 2006 album 'Classic Christmas' both contain songs that represent Christmastime to many listeners -- it's just not the holidays without them.
"I think I am keenly aware of that. For me, the holiday doesn't start until I hear Nat King Cole's voice. As soon as I do, I immediately lock in, and my season begins," Judd tells Billboard. "The thought of someone decorating their tree to our album makes me stop for a second. I'm the backdrop of everyday life; this isn't just about show business. This is about people's lives. They are having human experiences with us in the background.
"I take that very seriously, because I know how precious life is. I get it. After all these years, I do. I think it's pretty amazing to have that connection with people I don't know. That's pretty freaking cool," she adds. "Music is not only universal to me, but I also think it's eternal, because those sound waves echo into the heavens."
Judd's A Simpler Christmas Tour has brought up a lot of emotions for the singer, who tells stories about her Appalachian upbringing on stage. The singer recognizes that the holidays carry something different emotionally for everyone in the audience.
"It's the best and worst time of year for some, but for others, people are getting married and having children. A lot of the guys in my crew are having babies. It's a real mixture," she says. "Everything is very microscopic and so concentrated in that room. It's filled with all these spirits. I can feel all this love, and it being a wonderful time of year for so many, but I can also feel the loss."
After the holidays, Judd will embark on her Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song Tour, which begins in January.