Alison Krauss Biography, Age, Heigth, Net worth, Family, Siblings, Lyrics

Alison Krauss Biography

Alison Krauss (Alison Maria Krauss) is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician born on 23rd July 1971 in Decatur, Illinois United States.

She is famously known for her best songs, she has released fourteen albums, that have appeare numerously on soundtracks, and helped renew interest in bluegrass music in the United States.

Alison Krauss Age

Alison Krauss was born on July 23, 1971 (she is 47 years old as of 2018)

Alison Krauss Height

Alison Krauss stands at a height of 1.7 m (she has a weight of 57 kg)

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Alison Krauss photo

Alison Krauss Net worth

Alison Krauss has an estimated net worth of $16 million.

Alison Krauss Family

Alison Krauss was born to Louise Krauss(mother) and Fred Krauss (father). He r father was a german descendant and her mother was an Italian descendant. She was raised in Decatur with her brother.

Alison Krauss Sibling

Alison Krauss has one brother Viktor Krauss who is also an American musician.

Alison Krauss Husband

Alison Krauss was married to Pat Bergeson in 1997 but they divorced in 2001. Her former husband is also an American musician. She has one with whom she got with her divorced husband.

Alison Krauss Children

Alison Krauss has one son Sam Bergeson who is also a singer and song writer. He was born 0n 1999.

Alison Krauss Eduction

Alison Krauss attended Champaign Central High School. She went on and joined the study classic violin at home town University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Alison Krauss Music Career

Alison Krauss started her music career at an early age of 5 but she switched to bluegrass. She says that she was intrested in music when her mother tried to find interest things for me to do” and “wanted to get me involved in music, in addition to art and sports”. At the age of 8 she started entering local talent contests, and at 10 had her own band. At 13, she won the Walnut Valley Festival Fiddle Championship, and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America named her the “Most Promising Fiddler in the Midwest”. She was also called “Virtuoso” by Vanity Fair Magazine.

She has released fourteen albums, that have appeared on numerous soundtracks, he was helped to renew her interest in bluegrass music in the United States. Her soundtrack performances have led to further popularity, including the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, an album also credited with raising American interest in bluegrass, and the Cold Mountain soundtrack, which led to her performance at the 2004 Academy Awards. In 2018 she won the 27 Grammy Awards from 42 nominations. She is the most awarded singer and the most awarded female artist in Grammy Awards history. In 1991 she was the second-youngest winner (currently tied as the ninth-youngest).

Alison Krauss Early career

Alison Krauss made her recording debut in 1985 on the independent album, Different Strokes, featuring her brother Viktor Krauss, Swamp Weiss and Jim Hoiles. From the age of 12 she performed with bassist and songwriter John Pennell in a band called “Silver Rail”, replacing their previous fiddler Andrea Zonn. Pennell later changed the band’s name to Union Station after another band was discovered with the name Silver Rail. Pennell remains one of her favorite songwriters and wrote some of her early work including the popular “Every Time You Say Goodbye”.

She then signed to Rounder Records, in 1987, she also released her debut album when she was 16 years old the song was Too Late to Cry with Union Station as her backup band. Her debut solo album was quickly followed by her first group album with Union Station in 1989, Two Highways. The album includes the traditional tunes “Wild Bill Jones” and “Beaumont Rag”, along with a bluegrass interpretation of The Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider”.

Her contract with Rounder has required her to alternate between releasing a solo album and an album with Union Station, and she released the solo album I’ve Got That Old Feeling in 1990. It was her first album to rise onto the Billboard charts, peaking in the top seventy-five on the country chart. The album also was a notable point in her career as she earned her first Grammy Award, the single “Steel Rails” was her first single tracked by Billboard, and the title single “I’ve Got That Old Feeling” was the first song for which she recorded a music video.

Alison Krauss Rising Career

Alison Krauss released her second Union Station album Every Time You Say Goodbye was released in 1992, and she went on to win her second Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album of the year. She then joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1993 at the age of 21. She was the youngest cast member at the time, and the first bluegrass artist to join the Opry in twenty-nine years. She also collaborated on a project with the Cox Family in 1994, a bluegrass album called I Know Who Holds Tomorrow. Mandolin and guitar player Dan Tyminski replaced Tim Stafford in Union Station in 1994. Late in the year, Krauss recorded with the band Shenandoah on its single “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart”, which brought her to the country music Top Ten for the first time and it won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

Also in 1994, Krauss collaborated with Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash to contribute “Teach Your Children” to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization. In 1997, she recorded vocals and violin for “Half a Mind”, on Tommy Shaw’s 7 Deadly Zens album. She has released her soloist music of Now That I’ve Found You: A Collection, with compilation of older releases and some covers of her favorite works by other artists, was released in 1995. Some of these covers include Bad Company’s “Oh Atlanta”, The Foundations’ & Dan Schafer’s “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You”, which was used in the Australian hit comedy movie The Castle, and The Beatles’ “I Will”. A cover of Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All” reached number three on the Billboard country chart; the album peaked in the top fifteen on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, and sold two million copies to become Krauss’ first double-platinum album.

She also was nominated for four Country Music Association Awards and won all of them. In 1997 she has released her union station album of So Long So Wrong. Which led her to win the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. One critic said its sound was “rather untraditional” and “likely change quite a few … minds about bluegrass.” Included on the album is the track “It Doesn’t Matter”, which was featured in the second-season premiere episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and was included on the Buffy soundtrack in 1999. She has another soloist music of Forget About It, included one of her two tracks to appear on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, “Stay”. The album was certified gold and charted within the top seventy-five of the Billboard 200 and in the top five of the country chart. In addition, the track “That Kind of Love” was included in another episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Alison Krauss Current career

Alison Krauss left the station union in 1998, and she released another one of renowned Dobro player by Jerry Douglas. Douglas had provided studio back-up to Krauss’ records since 1987’s Too Late to Cry. Their next album, New Favorite, was released on August 14, 2001. The album went on to win the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, with the single “The Lucky One” winning a Grammy as well. New Favorite was followed up by the double platinum double album Live in 2002 and a release of a DVD of the same live performance in 2003. Both the album and the DVD were recorded during a performance at The Louisville Palace and both the album and DVD have been certified double Platinum. Also in 2002 she played a singing voice for one of the characters in Eight Crazy Nights. She released her Lonely Runs Both in 2004.

She believes the group that “was probably the most unprepared have ever been” for the album and that songs were chosen as needed rather than planned beforehand. She also performed a duet with Brad Paisley on his album Mud on the Tires in the single “Whiskey Lullaby”. The single was quickly ranked in the top fifty of the Billboard Hot 100 and the top five of the Hot Country Songs, and won the Country Music Association Awards for “Best Musical Event” and “Best Music Video” of the year. In 2007, Krauss and Robert Plant released the collaborative album entitled Raising Sand. RIAA-certified platinum, the album was nominated and won 5 Grammy Awards.

In the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, and Record of the Year (“Please Read the Letter”). Krauss and Plant recorded a Crossroads special in October 2007 for the Country Music Television network, which first aired on February 12, 2008. In 2014, she and her band Union Station toured with Willie Nelson and Family, with special guests Kacey Musgraves, and The Devil Makes Three. Her Capitol Records released Windy City, an album of country and bluegrass classics, produced by Buddy Cannon and her first solo release in 17 years, on February 17, 2017. She has received two nominations at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Country Solo Performance and Best American Roots Performance.

Alison Krauss Awards

Alison Krauss won a records of twenty-seven Grammy Awards. She overtook Aretha Franklin for the most female wins at the 46th Grammy Awards, where Krauss won three, bringing her total at the time to seventeen (Franklin won her sixteenth that night). The Recording Academy (which presents the Grammy Awards) presented her with a special musical achievement honor in 2005. She has also won 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, 9 Country Music Association Awards, 2 Gospel Music Association Awards, 2 CMT Music Awards. She has also won 2 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 1 Canadian Country Music Award.

Country Music Television ranked Krauss 12th on their “40 Greatest Women of Country Music” list in 2002. She has won the 76th Academy Awards in February 2004, where she performed two nominated songs from the Cold Mountain soundtrack, Krauss was chosen by Hollywood shoe designer Stuart Weitzman to wear a pair of $2 million ‘Cinderella’ sandals with 4½ inch clear glass stiletto heels and two straps adorned with 565 Kwiat diamonds set in platinum. Feeling like a rather unglamorous choice, Krauss said, “When I first heard, I was like, ‘What were they thinking?’ I have the worst feet of anybody, who will be there that night!” In addition to the fairy-tale-inspired shoes, Weitzman outfitted Krauss with a Palm Trēo 600 smartphone, bejeweled with 3,000 clear-and-topaz-colored Swarovski crystals. The shoes were returned, but Krauss kept the crystal-covered phone. Weitzman chose Krauss to show off his fashions at the urging of his daughters, who are fans of Krauss’ music.

Alison Krauss Performances

Alison Krauss said she dislikes working in the studio where she had to perform the same song repeatedly, but has come to like studio work roughly the same as live stage performances. Her own favorite concert experiences include watching three Foreigner concerts during a single tour, a Dolly Parton concert, and a Larry Sparks concert. She appeared on Austin City Limits in 1992 and opened the show in 1995 with Union Station. The New Favorite tour, after AKUS’ album of the same name, was planned to start September 12, 2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio, but was delayed until September 28 in Savannah, Georgia following the September 11 terrorist attacks she took part in the Down from the Mountain tour in 2002, which featured many artists from the O Brother, Where Art Thou.

Down from the Mountain was followed by the Great High Mountain Tour, which was composed of musicians from both O Brother and Cold Mountain, including Krauss. She has also given several notable smaller performances including at Carnegie Hall (with the Grand Ole Opry), on Lifetime Television in a concert of female performers, on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion, where she sang two songs not previously recorded on any of her albums, and a performance at the White House attended by then-President Bill Clinton and then-Vice President Al Gore.

She has also been in the White House again, performing the song When You Say Nothing at All at country music performances. She also performed a tribute to The Everly Brothers at which she sang All I Have to Do is Dream with Emmylou Harris and When Will I Be Loved with Vince Gill. She was also invited by Taylor Swift to perform with her at the 2013 CMA’s and by Joshua Bell to perform with him in his Christmas Album, and Bell said that “she (Krauss) is someone I’ve adored for so many years now”. She performed in Northwest, Washington, D.C. on January 10, 2015, as a part of “The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris:An All Star Concert Celebration” which is a tribute to Emmylou Harris.

Alison Krauss Other Work

Alison Krauss has made the guest appearances on other records on lead vocals, harmony vocals, and fiddle. In 1987, at the age of 15, she played fiddle on the album The Western Illinois Rag by Americana musician Chris Vallillo. In 1993 she recorded vocals for the Phish song “If I Could” in Los Angeles. In 1997 she sang harmony vocals in both English and Irish on the album Runaway Sunday by Irish traditional band Altan. She had her only number on one hit in 2000, receiving vocal credit for “Buy Me a Rose.” She has contributed to numerous motion picture soundtracks, most notably O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). She and Dan Tyminski contributed multiple tracks, including “I’ll Fly Away” (with Gillian Welch), “Down to the River to Pray”, and “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”.

In the film, Tyminski’s vocals on “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” were used for George Clooney’s character. The soundtrack sold over seven million copies and won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2002. Both Krauss and the surprisingly popular album were credited with reviving interest in bluegrass. She has said, however, that she believes Americans already liked bluegrass and other less-heard musical genres, and that the film merely provided easy exposure to the music. She did not appear in the movie, at her own request, because she was pregnant during its filming. In 2007, she released the A Hundred Miles or More: that is A Collection, of her album of the new songs, and soundtrack tunes, and duets with artists such as John Waite, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, and Natalie MacMaster. The album was successful commercially but given a lukewarm reception by critics. One of the tracks, “Missing You”, a duet with Waite (and a cover of his hit single from 1984), was similarly received as a single. On August 11, television network Great American Country aired a one-hour special, “Alison Krauss: A Hundred Miles or More,” based on the album.

She appeared on Heart’s March 2010 concert DVD “Night at Sky Church”, providing the lead vocals for the song “These Dreams”.
Other soundtracks for which Krauss has performed include Twister, The Prince of Egypt, Eight Crazy Nights, Mona Lisa Smile, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Alias, Bambi II and Cold Mountain. She contributed “Jubilee” to the 2004 documentary Paper Clips. The Cold Mountain songs she sang, “The Scarlet Tide” with T Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello, and “You Will Be My Ain True Love” with Sting, were each nominated for an Academy Award. She performed both songs at the 76th Academy Awards, the first with Costello and Burnett, and the other with Sting. She produced Nickel Creek’s debut album (2000) and the follow-up This Side (2002), which won Krauss her first Grammy award as a producer. She performed on Moody Bluegrass: A Nashville Tribute to The Moody Blues’.

Alison Krauss Albums

  • 1985: Different Strokes (debut release by Viktor Krauss, featuring vocals & fiddle by Alison Krauss)
  • 1987: Too Late to Cry
  • 1989: Two Highways (with Union Station)
  • 1990: I’ve Got That Old Feeling
  • 1992: Every Time You Say Goodbye (with Union Station)
  • 1994: I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (with The Cox Family)
  • 1997: So Long So Wrong (with Union Station)
  • 1999: Forget About It
  • 2001: New Favorite (with Union Station)
  • 2004: Lonely Runs Both Ways (with Union Station)
  • 2007: Raising Sand (with Robert Plant)
  • 2011: Paper Airplane (with Union Station)
  • 2017: Windy City

Alison Krauss Films

List of film credits






Paper Clips


Singing Voice Only


Eight Crazy Nights


Singing voice only


Down from the Mountain


Documentary and concert film


Annabelle’s Wish

Additional Voices

Voice only

Alison Krauss T v Shows






CMT Crossroads


with Robert Plant


CMT Cross Country


with Vince Gill


Sesame Street


Episode: “American Fruit Stand”


Miracle on Highway 31


Television film


Austin City Limits


5 episodes; 1996–2005


Hee Haw


Episode: “No. 22.21”

Alison Krauss Songs

  • When You Say Nothing at All
    Live · 2002
  • Down to the River to Pray
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? · 2000
  • Baby, Now That I’ve Found You
    Live · 2002
  • I’ll Fly Away
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? · 2000
  • The Lucky One
    New Favorite · 2001
  • Ghost in This House
    Forget About It · 1999
  • Please Read the Letter
    Raising Sand · 2007
  • Baby Mine
  • Lay Down Beside Me
  • A Living Prayer
    Lonely Runs Both Ways · 2004
  • Gone Gone Gone
    Raising Sand · 2007
  • River In The Rain
    Windy City · 2017
  • Rich Woman
    Raising Sand · 2007
  • Dream of Me
    Windy City · 2017
  • Simple Love
  • Killing the Blues
    Raising Sand · 2007
  • Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? · 2000
  • Oh, Atlanta
    Live · 2002
  • Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us
    Raising Sand · 2007
  • How’s the World Treating You
  • You Will Be My Ain True Love
    Cold Mountain (Music From the Miramax Motion Picture) · 2003
  • Steel Rails
    I’ve Got That Old Feeling · 1990
  • I Never Cared For You
    Windy City · 2017
  • That Kind of Love
    Forget About It · 1999
  • Your Long Journey
    Raising Sand · 2007
  • Lay My Burden Down
    Paper Airplane · 2011
  • Gentle On My Mind
    Windy City · 2017
  • Stick With Me Baby
    Raising Sand · 2007
  • In the Palm of Your Hand
    I Know Who Holds Tomorrow · 1994
  • Losing You
    Windy City · 2017
  • Every Time You Say Goodbye
    Every Time You Say Goodbye · 1992
  • Wild Bill Jones
    Two Highways · 1989

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