She originally came to prominence in the 1980s as a member of the country music duo The Judds, which she formed with her mother Naomi. In the early 1990s, she went on to pursue a career as a solo artist.
Christina Claire Ciminella, the future Wynonna Judd, was born on May 30, 1964, in Ashland, Kentucky. Naomi Judd was her mother. In honor of her mother's new husband, Michael Ciminella, she was given the last name Ciminella.