Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser have been married for over a decade and share a passion for music
After meeting in 1989, they went their separate ways for 20 years before reconnecting in 2009 and getting married in 2012.
"He's the most tough and tender man I've ever been with that I trust," Judd told PEOPLE in a cover story interview a few months after her mother Naomi Judd's death in 2022. "We are so connected. It's crazy how connected we are. I trust him with my life, which, I can't always say that about men in my life."
This is the third marriage for Judd, who was previously married to D.R. Roach and Arch Kelley III – she shares two children with the latter: Grace Pauline and Elijah. Moser has three children: Cahl, Wyatt and Sunshine.
"Them together is kind of a fun thing to watch," Sunshine said of Moser and Judd in the Paramount+ documentary Wynonna Judd: Between Hell and Hallelujah. "They're the couple that everybody wants to be."
So, who is Wynonna Judd’s husband? Here’s everything to know about Cactus Moser and his relationship with the “Broken and Blessed” singer.
His big break came as the drummer for Highway 101
Moser rose to fame in the late '80s as the drummer for the country music band Highway 101. Originally signed with Warner Bros. Records, the group amassed four No. 1 hits, including “Cry, Cry, Cry” and “Somewhere Tonight,” according to Billboard. In 1988 and 1989, the band received back-to-back vocal group of the year awards by the Country Music Association and top vocal group awards by the Academy of Country Music.
After lead vocalist Paulette Carlson left in 1990 to pursue a solo career, the group went on to release additional albums with various lineups and record labels. The band last got together in 2010 for a Christmas special.
He met Judd on tour
In 1989, Highway 101 joined Judd and Naomi — the country music mother-daughter duo known as The Judds — as they embarked on tour. Moser and Judd hit it off but never got serious.
Judd went on to marry her first husband, Arch Kelley III, with whom she shares two children. Following their split, she married her second husband, D.R. Roach.
Judd and Moser reconnected and started dating in 2009
Moser told Music Row that over the years after the tour ended he would see Judd at award shows, but would just say “hello.”
It wasn’t until he moved to Tennessee that things changed for the couple.
“When I moved here, I kept my horses at her place while I built fences,” he told the music outlet in 2015. “There was a long gap but in 2009, I’m playing at Puckett’s for these fun classic rock gigs and Wy comes walking in with Naomi. So we got together and went on a couple of dates.”
Moser and Judd got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2011.
They married on Judd's Tennessee farm in 2012
The duo had a six-month engagement before saying “I do” at Judd’s house in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, on June 10, 2012.
It was an intimate ceremony which included the pair’s five children. However, Judd’s mother and sister, Ashley Judd, didn't attend the low-key nuptials.
He’s a multi-hyphenate in the entertainment industry
In addition to being one of the founding members of Highway 101, Moser has produced several documentaries and TV specials, including Wynonna Judd: Concert from My Place and Wynonna Judd: Between Hell and Hallelujah. He also tried his hand at acting and was featured in the films Back to School (1986) and Union Bound (2016).
Currently, he works alongside his wife, producing music and playing the drums for her band, Wynonna & The Big Noise.
He was in a motorcycle accident shortly after marrying Judd that caused him to lose his leg
In August 2012, two months after tying the knot, the couple were out on their separate motorcycles before a show in South Dakota when Moser collided with an oncoming vehicle. The accident caused him to have his left leg amputated above the knee and required surgery on his hand.
"She had to become a nurse," Moser shared in Wynonna Judd: Between Hell and Hallelujah. "There was a lot of things you have to do. You have to clean the wound ... it was horrid."
He added, "That's kind of our thing, even in the worst times we can figure out how to get past it and thank God, find a happy place."
Moser recovered quickly and resumed touring three months later with Judd.
Judd thanked him during her Country Music Hall of Fame acceptance speech
The Judds — Judd and her mother — were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame one day after Naomi’s passing in 2022.
Judd and Ashley gave an emotional acceptance speech on behalf of their late mother. While honoring Naomi, Judd also paid tribute to another special person in her life — her husband.
“I'm going to make this fast because my heart's broken and I feel so blessed and it's a very strange dynamic to be this broken and this blessed. Cactus Moser, you are my king. You are my king,” she said.
“Though my heart's broken I will continue to sing because that's what we do.”
He frequently collaborates with his wife
Judd kept her promise to keep on singing and continued The Judds: The Final Tour in 2022, a tour she originally planned with her mother.
During a tribute to Naomi at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium that aired on CMT, Judd shared her reasoning for moving forward with the tour.
"The show must go on, as hard as it may be, and we will show up together, and you will carry me as you've carried me for 38 years,” she said. “So we will continue this spectacle. That's what she would want, right?"
In 2014, Moser spoke of touring with his wife, telling the Huffington Post, "Getting to do the musical part together, instead of separate, is a bonus. When you love what you do, and love each other, it's perfect."
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