Alison Maria Krauss (born July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer and fiddle player. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of 10 and recording for the first time at 14. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station, and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.
She has released fourteen albums, appeared on numerous soundtracks, and she sparked a renewed interest in bluegrass music in the United States. Her soundtrack performances have led to further popularity, including the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, and the Cold Mountain soundtrack, which led to her performances with Sting, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, and the Sacred Harp Singers.
As of 2019, she has won 27 Grammy Awards from 42 nominations, ranking her fourth behind Beyoncé, Quincy Jones and classical conductor Georg Solti for most Grammy Award wins. She was the most awarded singer and the most awarded female artist in Grammy history until Beyoncé surpassed her total Grammy Awards in 2021. At the time of her first, the 1991 Grammy Awards, she was the second-youngest winner (currently tied as the ninth-youngest).
Discography: 14 studio albums (although wiki only lists 13)
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Alison was only 21 years old when she was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1993, which was a groundbreaking moment. At that time, Krauss was the youngest member among the ranks of the Opry’s talented cast. In addition, she was the first bluegrass artist in 29 years to be offered membership.