From the time she debuted in 1987 to 2017 when her latest album Windy City penetrated the market, Alison Krauss has evolved from a child prodigy to a well established and renowned American bluegrass-country singer, with 27 Grammy Awards to her credit.
This female artist of all time was born on July 23, 1971, in Decatur, Illinois as Alison Maria Krauss. Her father is a German migrant to the United States of America and her mother is of German-Italian descent. Krauss was raised in Champaign.
According to her, she first got involved with music because her mother wanted something else to keep her busy asides arts and sports but little did her mom know she was actually launching her daughter into something bigger than just a hobby or something to do at her leisure.
At the age of five, she was introduced to classical violin which she soon left for bluegrass. At eight, she was already taking part in local contests and competitions, at ten, she had her own band and at thirteen, she won the Illinois State Fiddle Championship and was named by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America as the Most Promising Fiddler in the Midwest.
This properly launched Alison Krauss into her music career. In 1985, she made her debut professionally, appearing on a record album Different Strokes which was made by her brother Viktor Krauss, Bruce Weiss and Jim Holies. The album made its way to independent Fiddle Tunes label and that same year, Krauss was signed to Rounder Records.
Her debut album Too Late to Cry, which she did with her band, The Union Station was released in 1987 and earned them a the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America’s National Band Championship contest. This was followed by a second album within Station, Two Highways, released in 1989 and then another solo album I’ve Got That Old Feeling, which came in 1990.
Her debut album got Krauss, her first Grammy Award, while her second album with Union Station – Every Time You Say Goodbye released in 1992, earned her a second Grammy Award. Irrespective of the successes already recorded, it was Krauss’ 1995 compilation album Now That I’ve Found You: A Collection that got her a remarkable fame and made her a household name. The album didn’t only remain second on the U.S country Chart for weeks but also sold over a million copies.
Krauss has so far released fourteen albums, the latest one, Windy City came in 2017. She is a recipient of twenty-seven Grammy awards. Below is a list of her Grammies.
Alison Krauss’ Grammy Awards
|2008||T||Killing the Blues||Best Country Collaboration With Vocals|
|2008||T||Please Read the Letter||Record Of The Year|
|2008||A||Raising Sand||Album Of The Year|
|2008||A||Raising Sand||Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album|
|2008||T||Rich Woman||Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals|
|2007||T||Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)||Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals|
|2005||A||Lonely Runs Both Ways||Best Country Album|
|2005||T||Restless||Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal|
|2005||T||Unionhouse Branch||Best Country Instrumental Performance|
|2003||T||Cluck Old Hen||Best Country Instrumental Performance|
|2003||T||How’s the World Treating You||Best Country Collaboration With Vocals|
|2003||A||Live||Best Bluegrass Album|
|2002||A||This Side||Best Contemporary Folk Album|
|2001||T||Lucky One||Best Country Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal|
|2001||A||New Favorite||Best Bluegrass Album|
|2001||A||O Brother, Where Art Thou?||Album Of The Year|
|1998||T||Same Old Train||Best Country Collaboration with Vocals|
|1997||T||Little Liza Jane||Best Country Instrumental Performance|
|1997||T||Looking in the Eyes of Love||Best Country Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal|
|1997||A||So Long So Wrong||Best Bluegrass Album|
|1996||T||High Lonesome Sound||Best Country Collaboration with Vocals|
|1995||T||Baby, Now That I’ve Found You||Best Female Country Vocal Performance|
|1995||T||Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart||Best Country Collaboration with Vocals|
|1994||A||I Know Who Holds Tomorrow||Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album|
|1992||A||Every Time You Say Goodbye||Best Bluegrass Album|
|1990||A||I’ve Got That Old Feeling||Best Bluegrass Album|
She has also won other awards like the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, which she got fourteen times, nine Country Music Association Awards, Gospel Music Association Awards (twice), Academy of Country Music Awards (twice) one Canadian Country Music Award and two CMT Music Awards.
Alison Krauss was ranked 12 on Country Music Television’s 2012 list of “40 Greatest Women of Country Music”.
With such a successful career, you surely will be wondering how much this diva is worth right? Well, the singer and songwriter is worth $16 million.
Alison Krauss was married to Pat Bergeson from 1997 to 2001, they have a son together called Sam who was born in 1999. She was once in a relationship with John Waite but she is currently single.
Height: How Tall Is Alison Krauss?
The music icon stands at 5′ 7″ that is 1.70 meters tall. Her body measurements include: 36-26-34 in (91-66-86 cm).