Wynonna Judd made Carly Pearce has a special requestBefore she performed at The Judds Country Music Hall of Fame’s induction.According to Taste of CountryPearce was asked by the company to perform. “Grandpa (Tell Me About the Good Old Days)”Wynonna herself requested that Wynonna attend the event.
“I got a call that Wynonna had a special request for someone to sing ‘Grandpa,'”Pearce stated. “And she didn’t know that I was gonna be there. And I had to change my song at the last second, and it truly was, I think, the most nervous I’ve ever been in my career.”
Wynonna hoped that someone would sing. “Grandpa”Carly Pearce was the one to step in. https://t.co/k4d8Qw8rBd
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Wynonna Judd, Ashley Judd, and Wynonna Judd were there to support the Hall of Fame in continuing with the inductions despite Naomi Judd’s passing one day earlier. Pearce was scheduled to surprise the audience at the ceremony, having been called months in advance.
“I was called a few months ago by the Hall of Fame and was asked to be one of the surprise musical guests honoring the Judds at their induction into the Hall of Fame, so, I was already freaking out. I love the Judds. ‘Why Not Me’ was one of my absolute favorite songs of all times,” Pearce continued. “And in light of what happened I certainly didn’t think that the ceremony would go on, but I think that’s such a testament to the strength of the Judds daughters, Ashley and Wynonna, just that they wanted to keep it going.”
Pearce’s performance added a special dimension to the emotional night. Wynonna Judd, who won Female Vocalist-of-the Year at the CMAs, idolized the mother/daughter duo.
“Wynonna was my first concert. And when I won Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMAs, I got a random phone number that I answered, and she said, ‘Carly, it’s Wynonna.’ And we’ve become friends since then, and she’s been such a pillar of wisdom for me in this business, which has blown my mind even that I get to say that. The Judds are from Kentucky, too, and I’ve idolized them since I was a little girl and, especially Wynonna,”Pearce stated. “And just to actually look in her eyes and see the pain as I’m singing this song that was one of the greatest country songs of all time with her sweet mom, I really don’t have words for it.”
The Hall of Fame inductees this year were the Judds. Ray Charles, Pete Drake, Eddie Bayers, and Eddie Bayers entered the Hall of Fame with the duo. Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Eddie Bayers also performed at the event to honor the Judds.
Naomi Judd, 76, died on April 30, after enduring with “mental health”For years. The singer was honored by her daughters at the induction ceremony with a moving speech and poem. Country music fans flooded social media with tributes and messages of condolences.