The country music community honored the life and legacy of Noemie Judd with music.
Friends, family and fellow performers gathered at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on May 15 to pay their respects to the late singer at a public memorial. The service, hosted by hello america anchor Robin Robert—broadcast live on CMT in a special entitled Naomi Judd: A Celebration of the River of Time.
At the start of the ceremony, Wynonna Juddwho, with his late mother, was half of the country duo The Judds, sang “River of Time”. Later she joined forces with Brandi Carlile for a duet of “The Rose,” recreating the band’s signature mother/daughter harmonies.
Among the other musicians paying tribute in song to Naomi were Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, little big city, James Johnson, Emmylou Harris and Allison Russell.
In a particularly emotional moment, the country singer Martina McBride read a Maya Angelou passage to the crowd, while Bette Midler, bono, Oprah Winfrey, Reba McEntire, Salma Hayek, Reese Witherspoon and Morgan FREEMAN all offered heartwarming testimonies.