Described by Billboard Magazine as a “truly venturesome, genre-transcending pathfinder,” Emmylou Harris’ crystal-clear soprano vocals, impeccable instinct for discovering the heart of a song and uncompromising integrity has made her one of the most admired and influential women in contemporary country music. Emmylou Harris is also a long-time social activist supporting many causes. Since 1997 has been the most visible spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World.
Emmylou Harris was born April 4, 1947, in Birmingham, Ala., but grew up near Washington DC. In 1972, after a few years playing in the folk clubs of New York’s Greenwich Village, Harris was introduced to Gram Parsons, a heralded pioneer in the burgeoning country-rock movement. One of the most celebrated musical pairings in country music history, Harris toured and recorded with Parsons until he died in 1973.
In 1975 Harris made her major label solo debut, Pieces of the Sky, which quickly rose to the number 5 position on the charts. She won her first Grammy the following year and hasn’t slowed down since. In a career that spans more than three decades, Harris has released 23 solo albums, appeared on 11 collaboration albums, toured extensively, and won 11 Grammy Awards.
Although primarily known as a country and folk musician, Harris has successfully experimented with pop and rock and roll sounds and has recorded with such diverse artists as Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Tammy Wynette, Neil Young, The Chieftains, Lyle Lovett, Roy Orbison, The Band, Willie Nelson and Mark Knopfler.
In 2006, Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler released All The Roadrunning, a collection of original songs quietly recorded over seven years of stolen studio time. The collaboration of these two Grammy Award winning artists has been praised for being both modern and classic.