"History is so sacred to me," Judd said. "Wandering the halls of the Opry House through the years, and seeing Waylon [Jennings] and Willie [Nelson] in one dressing room and then seeing Tammy Wynette in another dressing room, and Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.
"I called [Tammy] my 'Earth Angel' and I sang at her memorial and you know, she was the kind of woman that even in spite of her greatness, talent and fame and fortune, she never forgot who she was and where she came from. She was a hairdresser and she still had a hair salon in her home when she passed."
Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle are two of Judd's other "she-roes." She recalls an event where she was star-struck meeting them both.
"I'm just, I'm standing in the middle between Chaka and Patti and I'm going, somebody get a picture! And I'm kind of freaking out."
Chaka Khan's anthem "Tell Me Something Good" is another of Judd's favorites, although it's hard for her to choose just a few.
"I am so musical A-D-D," she admits. "I have a song for every mood, which I have many. I am a combination of everything from the blues to rock to gospel."
She laments that so many of the great musicians she grew up listening to are no longer living, or have grown older and are no longer recording. "We're losing our legends, we really are," she said "We're coming down to a time where we're losing a lot of them, and I just don't want to forget where I've come from in country music.
"I listen to Tina Turner "Simply the Best" because I always say my best is good enough," Judd said. "I'm in sort of in the recovery for perfectionism and work addiction, you know. I've worked so hard for 25 years trying to bust my butt to be something.
"I just am so blessed to have the journey I've had," she said. "I'll be 45 this year and I'm just not going to live in fear anymore of, 'Oh, what if I don't fit into the format,' or 'What if they don't want me.' I'm just going to sing and see what happens. And that's the truth. I've worked really hard to get there."