ALISON KRAUSS FACTS:
Members: Alison Krauss
Genre: Country / American Bluegrass
Hometown: Champaign, Illinois
Awards: 20 Grammy Awards—more than any other female artist and tied for seventh-most of all artists
Albums: Too Late to Cry, Two Highways, Ive Got That Old Feeling, Forget About It, New Favorite, Lonley Runs Both Ways
While many people know Alison Krauss as the extremely successful country music artist who always seems to be near the top of the charts, she actually began her career at a very young age. Krauss began taking violin lessons and classical music instruction from the age of five and formed her own band by the time she was 12. At the young age of 14, she was signed to her first record contract with Rounder Records and released her first album, Too Late to Cry, in 1987. With her unique blend of folk music and bluegrass influences, Krauss would grow from a child prodigy to one of the most popular voices on the country music scene today.
Along with her backup band Union Station, Krauss released two more albums over the course of the late '80s and early '90s. 1990's I've Got That Old Feeling, won Krauss her first Grammy Award for Best Original Bluegrass Recording and would be the first one to hit the Billboard charts and peaked at No. 27. After a series of albums like Every Time You Say Goodbye and I know Who Holds Tomorrow, Krauss' runaway hit came in 1995 with the compilation, Now That I've Found You: A Collection. The record hit No. 2 on the country music charts and was be certified platinum. Krauss' unique take on bluegrass was just the boost the genre needed.
After the surprising success of Now That I've Found You, Krauss and Union Station would release two more albums over the course of the '90s, including So Long, So Wrong, and Forget About It. In the early 2000s, Krauss and her group would begin to reach new audiences when they collaborated with a series of artists on the soundtrack of the film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? The ensuing tour would bring Krauss to thousands of new listeners around the country and the group's celebrity would continue to grow.
Krauss and her band released a series of albums over the course of the 2000s, but finally scored a major chart riser in 2004 with Lonely Runs Both Ways. The album would hit No. 29 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but was overshadowed by another commercial success, A Hundred Miles or More: A Compilation, which would reach No. 10. In 2011, Krauss and Union Station released Paper Airplane, which climbed all the way to No. 3 on the charts and solidified Krauss as one of the most important voices in American music.