Carrie Underwood is among the country music fans paying tribute to Naomi Judd following her sudden death at the age of 76 on Saturday, April 30.
During her concert at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California, just hours after the tragic news of Judd’s passing broke, Underwood asked fans to honor loved ones who they’ve lost along the path of life, People reported.
She then proceeded to directly mention Judd’s death, talk about how it’s affected the country music community, and then have her band kick into her heartfelt song of loss, love and faith, titled See You Again.
Emotional: Carrie Underwood, 39, pointed up to the heavens when she paid tribute to Naomi Judd at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California, hours after the news broke of her death
‘This next song goes out to everybody who’s ever lost someone that they loved, which is everybody,’ Underwood said in the set-up to See You Again.
“But just because the people that we love are not here with us does not mean that they are not here with us and does not mean that you will not see them again someday,’ the eight-time Grammy Award-winner added, before taking a moment to point up towards the sky.
Underwood then asked the audience to band together by pulling out a phone or lighter and shine it in honor of those who have passed away.
It’s at this point that Underwood specifically mentioned Judd’s death.
‘Let’s light up this place in memory of all those that we miss,’ the Inside Your Heaven star said, adding, ‘I know all of country music will be lighting something up for Ms. Naomi Judd.’
Heartfelt: The country music superstar paid homage to Judd by first asking the audience to remember loved ones lost along the path of life: ‘This next song goes out to everybody who’s ever lost someone that they loved, which is everybody,’ she told the crowd
Underwood and her band then pulled at the heartstrings of all those in attendance with an emotional rendition of See You Again, which talks of the comfort in believing we will all see our lost loved ones again.
The song, which became Underwood’s 18th consecutive Top 10 single on the Bill Hot Country Songs in 2013, begins with a somewhat somber instrumental that quickly transitions into a bit more of an uptempo feel.
From there, the catchy chorus kicks in, which has Underwood conveying an uplifting feeling of hope and faith with lyrics like: ‘I will see you again, oh – This is not where it ends – I will carry you with me, oh -‘ Till I see you again.’
By the time the song delivers another verse and chorus, with a healthy dose of passion and emotion, the country crooner goes into a heartfelt breakdown.
‘Sometimes I feel my heart is breaking – But I stay strong and I hold on ’cause I know – I will see you again, oh – This is not where it ends – I will carry you with me, yeah, yeah,’ she sings with just a piano underneath.
RIP Naomi Judd: ‘Let’s light up this place in memory of all those that we miss,’ the Inside Your Heaven star said, adding, ‘I know all of country music will be lighting something up for Ms. Naomi Judd’
Tribute: Earlier on Saturday, Underwood took to Twitter to pay her respects to Judd
Earlier in the day, Underwood paid her respects to Judd on Twitter, writing: ‘Country music lost a true legend…sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today…’
Judd’s daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd announced their mother’s death on Saturday afternoon in a joint statement on Twitter.
‘Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,’ the statement began. ‘We are shattered.’ We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in an unknown territory.’
While the Judd sisters mentioned their mother was lost to mental illness, an exact cause of death has not yet been publicly released.
Heartbreaking: Sisters Wynonna and Ashley Judd announced their mother’s passing on Twitter; The sister is pictured in July 2006
Sisters The Judd sisters, Wynonna and Ashley, said they lost their ‘beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness’ in their official statement
Over the years, Naomi Judd had shared about her mental illness, which included revealing feelings of suicidal depression in interviews and in her book – River Of Time: My Descent Into Depression And How I Emerged With Hope.
The Judds, the duo of Naomi and Wynonna, were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame on Sunday, May 1. They were also gearing up for their first tour in over a decade.
Earlier this month, the Judds reunited for their first awards-show performance in two decades, belting out a rendition of their 1990 ballad Love Can Build A Bridge.
Last performance: The Judds, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, reunited to perform their 1990 ballad Love Can Build A Bridge at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on April 11
IconIc: Wynonna and Naomi Judd were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1; they are seen on the red carpet of the CMT Awards April 11