Name: Alison Maria Krauss
Lifetime: July 23, 1971 – Present
What she’s known for: Alison Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. She has been signed with Rounder Records since 1985 and as of 2012, Krauss has won 27 Grammy Awards from 41 nominations. These 27 awards tie her with Quincy Jones for the title of the living person with the most Grammy Awards. Additionally, she is the most awarded singer and most awarded female in all of Grammy history.
Why we love her: At just 45 years old, Krauss’ career already spans more than a quarter century. Krauss was the daughter of German immigrants and artists; with their encouragement, her musical and artistic prowess began showing at an early age. She started studying classical violin at five years old, but then quickly switched to bluegrass.
By eight years old, she was already participating in local talent contests and by 10, Krauss had started her own band. When she was 12, Krauss played the fiddler with bassists and songwriter John Pennell in the band Silver Rail and not long after that, she made her first recording debut in 1985 on the independent album, “Different Strokes” with Swamp Weiss, Jim Hoiles and her brother, Viktor Krauss.
By the time she was 16, Krauss released her 1987 debut album “Too Late to Cry” with Union Station and has since been playing with them. Some of her other albums include “Every Time You Say Goodbye,” which won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album of the year. In 2004, Krauss and Union Station released “Lonely Runs Both Ways” and became a gold certified album. Additionally, Krauss has made other guest appearances on other records as a lead vocal, a harmony vocal and a fiddler; she has worked with Americana musician Chris Vallillo, Phish and Altan.
Fun fact: Krauss began her musical career convinced that she would not make music videos because she did not like the first one she made. Additionally, she has said that she used to dislike working in a studio because she had to perform the same song over and over again. Needless to say, she went on to make music videos and has actually grown fond of working in the studio, almost as much as she likes live performances.
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