Alison Krauss Biography

Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer(1971–)
Alison Krauss is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter specializing in country, bluegrass, folk and Americana music.

Synopsis

Alison Krauss was born in Illinois in 1971. By age 14, she had landed a recording contract with Rounder Records, and by 16, she had released her first solo album, Too Late to Cry. Soon thereafter, Krauss joined the band Union Station, with whom she would release albums like Now That I've Found You, Lonely Runs Both Ways and Paper Airplane. At age 21, she became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Krauss has earned more than 25 Grammy Awards over her extensive career, including six awards for her collaboration with former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, Raising Sand (2007).

Early Life and Career

Famed bluegrass/country singer-songwriter Alison Maria Krauss was born on July 23, 1971, in Champaign, Illinois. Krauss began receiving acclaim for her musical talents at a young age. By the time she was 14 years old, she had signed with Rounder Records. She released her first solo album, Too Late to Cry, at the age of 16, after which she joined the band Union Station. At age 21, she became a member of that great country music institution, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.

Work With Union Station

In 1995, Alison Krauss & Union Station released Now That I've Found You, which became the top-selling bluegrass album in recording history to date, achieving double-platinum status. Krauss's next solo project, 1999's Forget About It, was certified gold. Her 2004 album with Union Station, Lonely Runs Both Ways, won the 2006 Grammy Award for best country album.

Paper Airplane, Krauss's seventh album with Union Station—and her first studio project with the band since 2004's Lonely Runs Both Ways—was released in 2011. The effort quickly earned acclaim, including a Grammy win for best bluegrass album and a nomination (best country duo/group performance) for the single "I Just Come Here For The Music," featuring vocals by both Krauss and famed country singer-songwriter Don Williams.

Other Projects

In addition to her albums with Union Station, Krauss has worked on a variety of other projects over her decades-long career, including solo efforts and collaborations with other artists. She has worked with such high-profile artists as Vince Gill, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Krauss also added producing and arranging to her repertoire early into her career, making her one of the most sought-after studio artists in the country music business. For her work as a producer for Nickel Creek, Krauss shared in their Grammy win for best contemporary folk album in 2002. 

Additionally, Krauss has made recordings for several movie soundtracks. She sang several tracks for the Coen Brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) soundtrack, including "l'll Fly Away" with Gillian Welch and "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby" with Welch and Emmylou Harris. Enormously popular, the soundtrack helped attract new listeners to bluegrass music and won the 2001 Grammy for album of the year. Two years later, Krauss provided the vocals for the Gaelic-flavored "You Will Be My Ain True Love" for the film Cold Mountain (2003). The song was written and composed by Sting and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Krauss picked up another Grammy (best pop collaboration with vocals) in 2008 for the song "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)"—part of the singer-songwriter's collaborative effort with former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and T-Bone Burnett, Raising Sand (2007), featuring both Krauss's and Plant's vocals. The song also received a Country Music Association Award nomination for musical event of the year in 2008. (She won this award twice previously—in 2004 for "Whiskey Lullaby" with Brad Paisley, and in 1995 for "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart" with Shenandoah.) By 2009, Raising Sand had garnered five more Grammys, including for album of the year, best contemporary folk/Americana album and record of the year ("Please Read the Letter").

Over her extensive musical career, Krauss has earned more than 25 Grammys.

Personal Life

Krauss wed Nashville-based guitarist and harmonica player Pat Bergeson in 1997. The couple parted ways in 2001.

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