|Alison Krauss Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||July 23, 1971|
Alison Krauss is considered one of the finest musicians and singers of her generation. It is also widely agreed that she hasn’t earned as much fame and popularity as her talent and skill deserve. Despite having won numerous Grammy Awards, she is only known among the wider audience for a handful of her works which include the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Nevertheless, she has been praised by the music critics and experts for having renewed the interest in bluegrass music in the United States.
Alison Maria Krauss
Decatur, Illinois, United States
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Alison Krauss went to the Champaign Central High School. However, she didn’t graduate from the high school.
Musician, Singer, Producer, Bandleader
- Father – Fred Krauss (German Language Teacher)
- Mother – Louise Krauss
- Siblings – Viktor Krauss (Older Brother) (Musician)
Alison Krauss is represented by Nashville based public relations agency, Grand Ole Opry.
Bluegrass, Country, Adult Contemporary, R&B, Pop
Vocals, Violin, Piano, Mandolin
Rounder, Capitol Records
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
57 kg or 125.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Alison Krauss has dated –
- Pat Bergeson (1996-2001) – Alison Krauss started going out with musician Pat Bergeson towards the end of 1996. After having dated for just 24 days, they got married in a small ceremony in December 1996. In July 1999, she gave birth to their son, Sam. As per reports, they got divorced in 2001.
- John Waite (2010) – It has often been rumored that Alison has had an affair with an English musician, John Waite. It has been claimed that they were spotted on a date in Nashville in January 2010 by a fan. It was also claimed that they had grown close while recording a duet for her album, A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, which was released in 2007.
Race / Ethnicity
She has German ancestry on her father’s side while she is of German, Italian, and Swiss-German descent on her mother’s side.
Tousled Blonde Locks
In the J.C. Penney “American Living” commercials, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s song, Killing the Blues, was used.
Best Known For
- Being one of the most successful and critically acclaimed musicians and singers in the United States. She has managed to win more than 2 dozen Grammy Awards.
- The commercial success of her studio album, Forget About It, which was eventually certified as gold in the United States
- Having contributed soundtracks to the popular movies and TV shows such as The Castle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sesame Street, The Simpsons, and The Neighbors
In 1987, she released her debut studio album, Too Late to Cry. The album was well received by the critics.
In 1989, her first album with Union Station was released. The album was titled Two Highways and was nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Bluegrass Album.
In 2002, she made her theatrical film debut in the animated musical comedy movie, Eight Crazy Nights, by lending her singing voice.
First TV Show
In 1991, Alison Krauss made her first TV show appearance on the variety show, Hee Haw.
Alison Krauss Favorite Things
- Songwriter – John Pennell
- Vocalists – Lou Gramm of Foreigner and Paul Rodgers of Bad Company
Source – Wikipedia
Alison Krauss Facts
- She has often revealed in her interviews that she took an interest in music because of her mother who wanted Alison to get involved in arts, music, and sports.
- At the age of 5, she started her classical violin training. However, she later switched to bluegrass.
- She started competing in local talent contests by the age of 8 and used to excel in most of the talent events.
- By the age of 10, she had formed her own music band.
- She managed to win the Walnut Valley Festival Fiddle Championship at the age of 13. She was declared the Most Promising Fiddler in the Midwest by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America.
- In 1985, she signed a recording contract with Rounder Records. As per the clause of the contract, she was required to alternate between a solo album and album with Union Station.
- She released her debut album at the age of 16 in 1987. She had opted to use John Pennell’s music band, Union Station, as the backup band for her album.
- The Berklee College of Music awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music to Krauss in May 2012.
- When she won her first Grammy Award in 1990, she became the 2nd youngest musician to have won the prestigious award.
- In 2007, she collaborated with Robert Plant for the music album called Raising Sand. The album was an immense success and was certified platinum by RIAA. The album also won 5 Grammy Awards.
- In 2002, she was placed in the 12th spot by Country Music Television in their list featuring 40 Greatest Women of Country Music.
- Visit her official website @ alisonkrauss.com.
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