Naomi Judd Inducted Into Women Songwriters Hall of Fame

"Love can build a bridge ... don't ya think it's time?"

Written by Chris Parton
Naomi Judd Inducted Into Women Songwriters Hall of Fame
Naomi Judd; Photo credit: Scott Adkins

Country singer Naomi Judd has been honored for her contribution to the tapestry of American art, inducted into the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame.

A member of the hit making mother-daughter duo The Judds, her work includes Grammy honors and a string of harmony-filled country hits through the ’80s and ’90s. Naomi Judd was also a co-writer behind the enduring unity anthem, “Love Can Build a Bridge,” and went to to start a successful acting career.

“It’s always gratifying when someone acknowledges your best efforts,” she said of the news. “I love expressing my deepest feelings as I did in writing ‘Love Can Build a Bridge.’ Not only was I being celebrated at this auspicious event in Washington, D.C., I was among other accomplished songwriters. It was fun to reconnect with Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson fame. We met years ago. A good time was had by all!”

Other tunesmiths honored for their songwriting were Valerie Simpson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Roberta Flack, Tawatha Agee, Klymaxx, Deniece Williams, Jeri Keever “Bunny” Hull and Veryl Howard. Along with Judd, they comprise the first artists to be enshrined in the new Hall, which is located inside the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Judd’s hits alongside daughter Wynonna also include “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” and more. She recently appeared in the movie series, VC Andrews’ Ruby.