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Alison Krauss Biography

Alison Krauss
  • Age: 46 years old
  • Birth Nation: United States of America
  • Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
  • Name: Alison Krauss
  • Nationality: American
  • Birth Place/City: Decatur, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Acting, Modeling
  • Net Worth: $16 Million USD
  • Body Measurements: 36-26-32 (Bust-Waist-Hip)
  • Breast Size: 36 in
  • Waist size: 26 in
  • Hip Size: 32 in
  • Neck Size: 9.4
  • Shoe Size: 10
  • Weight in KG: 56 kg
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Born and Birth

Alison Maria Krauss was born on July 23, 1971 in Decatur, Illinois, U.S. She was born to Fred and Louise Krauss. Her father was a German immigrant who came to the United States in 1952 and taught his native language. Her mother, of German and Italian descent, is the daughter of artists.

Childhood and Family

Alison grew up in the college town of Champaign, home to the University of Illinois. She began studying classical violin at age five but soon switched to bluegrass. Krauss said she first became involved with music because her mother tried to find interesting things for her to do and wanted to get her involved in music, in addition to art and sports.  

Career

When she was five years old, Krauss began playing the violin, taking classical lessons. She soon tired of the regimen of classical playing and began performing country and bluegrass licks. At the age of eight, she began entering talent contests in and around her native Champaign, IL. Two years later, she had her own band. In 1983, when she was 12 years old, she won the Illinois State Fiddle Championship and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America named her the Most Promising Fiddler in the Midwest. In 1985, Krauss made her recording debut on an album, playing on a record made by her brother Viktor, Jim Holies, and Bruce Weiss. The album was called Different Strokes and appeared on the independent Fiddle Tunes label. Later that year, she signed to Rounder Records. She was 14 years old at the time.

Two Highways Too Late to Cry, Krauss' debut album, appeared in 1987 to very positive reviews. The album was recorded with Krauss' backup band, the Union Station, which featured guitarist Jeff White, banjoist Alison Brown, and bassist Viktor Krauss; the following year, the group won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America's National Band Championship contest. In 1989, Krauss and Union Station released Two Highways, which was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Recording. Although the album didn't win the award, her next album, 1990's I've Got That Old Feeling, did. The success of I've Got That Old Feeling was unprecedented for bluegrass acts in the '80s and it laid the groundwork for Krauss' breakthrough in the '90s. By this time, Union Station's line up had more or less settled. It now featured mandolins Adam Steffey, banjoist/guitarist Ron Block, bassist Barry Bales, and guitarist Tim Stafford; Stafford later left the group and was replaced by Dan Tyminski.

So Long So Wrong Krauss & Union Station followed the unexpected success of Now That I've Found You with So Long, So Wrong in spring 1997. Forget About It followed in mid-1999. A year later, Krauss & Union Station joined the likes of John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, and others for the multi-million-selling soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? A North American tour showcasing some of the album's stellar musicians followed in summer 2002, allowing Krauss and her band's popularity to soar. New Favourite appeared in November and went gold within four months. A live album followed soon after, and in 2004 Krauss released Lonely Runs Both Ways. A Hundred Miles or More, a collection drawn from Krauss' Rounder albums, along with sides recorded for various soundtrack projects and five previously unreleased tracks, appeared in 2007. Also appearing in 2007 was Raising Sand, an acclaimed, multi-platinum collaboration with Robert Plant. She was back with Union Station for 2011’s Paper Airplane, which was self-produced by the band and engineered by Mike Shipley.

Marriage, Affairs and Divorce

Alison Krauss was married to Pat Bergeson from 1997 to 2001. Their son, Sam, was born in the July of 1999.

Height, Weight and Age

She is 5 feet 7 inches tall. Her recent weight known was 56 kg in 2013. She is currently 42 years old.

Nationality and Ethnicity

She is an American citizen but her parents were German. She is a Jew.

Net worth and Salary

Being one of the most successful artist of her time, her market value is around 16 million USD till now.

Awards and achievements

In February 2012, Alison won her 27th Grammy Award. She has the most Grammys of any solo female artist in any genre of music. She is now tied in second place with Quincy Jones for most Grammys ever won.

 

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