Alison Krauss was born in Illinois in 1971. By age 14, she’d got a recording contract with Rounder Records, and by 16, she’d released her first solo album, Too Late to Cry. Shortly afterwards, Krauss joined the group Union Station, with whom she’d release records like Now That I’ve Found You, Lonely Runs Both Ways and Paper Airplane. At age 21, she became an associate of the Grand Ole Opry. Krauss has earned more than 25 Grammy Awards over her wide-ranging career, including six awards for her cooperation with former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant, Raising Sand (2007).
Famous bluegrass/country singer songwriter Alison Maria Krauss was born on July 23, 1971, in Champaign, Illinois. Krauss started receiving acclaim for her musical abilities in a young age. From the time she was 14 years old, she’d signed with Rounder Records. At age 21, she became an associate of this amazing country music establishment, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.
In 1995, Alison Krauss & Union Station released Now That I’ve Found You, which became the top-selling bluegrass record in record history to date, reaching double-platinum status. Krauss’s following solo endeavor, 1999’s Forget About It, was certified gold. Her 2004 record with Union Station, Lonely Runs Both Ways, won the 2006 Grammy Award for the best country record.
Paper Airplane, Krauss’s seventh record with Union Station—and her first studio job with the group since 2004’s Lonely Runs Both Ways—was released in 2011. The attempt quickly earned acclaim, including a Grammy win for the best bluegrass record as well as a nomination (greatest country duet/group performance) for the single “I Only Come Here For The Music,” featuring vocals by both Krauss and renowned country singer songwriter Don Williams.
Along with her records with Union Station, Krauss has worked on various other jobs over her decades-long career, including solo efforts and cooperation with other musicians. She’s worked with such high profile artists as Vince Gill, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Krauss additionally added creating and ordering to her repertoire early into her career, making her one of the very sought after studio artists in the country music company.
Also, Krauss has made records for several movie soundtracks. Hugely popular, the soundtrack helped bring new listeners to bluegrass music and won the 2001 Grammy for record of the year. A couple of years after, Krauss supplied the vocals for the Gaelic-flavored “You Will Be My Ain True Love” for the movie Cold Mountain (2003). The tune was written and composed by Sting and was nominated for an Academy Award.
The tune also received a Country Music Association Award nomination for musical event of the entire year in 2008.
Over her wide-ranging musical profession, Krauss has earned more than 25 Grammys.
The couple parted ways in 2001.