Alison Krauss Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 18.Oct.2017
Facts of Alison Krauss
Date of Birth: 1971 , July-23
Age:46 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
NameAlison Krauss
Birth Place/CityDecatur, Illinois, United States
ProfessionActing, Modeling
Net Worth$16 Million USD
Body Measurements36-26-32 (Bust-Waist-Hip)
Breast Size36 in
Waist size26 in
Hip Size32 in
Neck Size9.4
Shoe Size10
Weight in KG56 kg
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Alison Maria Krauss, an American bluegrass-country singer/ musician, is the member of  Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS. She joined the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten. She recorded for the first time at fourteen. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. 

Early Life and Education

Alison Maria Krauss was born on July 23, 1971, in Decatur, Illinois. 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. She is an American citizens are parents and Caucasian ethnicity.

Alison grew up in the college town of Champaign, home to the University of Illinois. She started learning 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.

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


Krauss started her music career at an early age. At the age of eight, she began entering talent contests in and around her native Champaign, IL. Two years later, she formed 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 is 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.

Personal Life

Alison Krauss is currently unmarried. Previously she was married to Pat Bergeson from 1997 to 2001. Bergeson is a popular musician and guitarist. He has worked with several artists of the American music.

The former couple also has an 18 year-old son, Sam, was born in the July of 1999. Unfortunately, the couple divorced in 1999. After divorcing from him, Krauss has not involved with anyone till date (at least publicly). 

Net Worth and Body Measurements

She is 5 feet 7 inches tall.  She is Being one of the most successful artists of her time, her market value is around $16 million till now.

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 for second place with Quincy Jones for most Grammys ever won.