At five Alison Krauss began violin lessons and after tiring of classical music she turned her attention to country and bluegrass. By eight she was competing in talent contests, at ten she had her own band and at twelve she won the Illinois State Fiddle Championship.

She played on her first record as a fourteen year old and signed a recording contract that same year. Krauss and her band recorded their first record in 1987 and the group went on to win the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America’s National Band Championship contest.

Completing her whirlwind introduction to the music industry, Krauss was nominated for a Grammy in 1989 and then won her first one in 1990.

Alison Krauss continued her eclectic recording mix in the 90s, finding her music appearing on the country, bluegrass and pop charts. 1995’s Now That I’ve Found You: A Collection appeared in the top 10 on both the country and pop charts. In 2002 her contribution to the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack and a following tour caused her popularity to soar.

Krauss has built on her successful vocal and fiddle playing through many collaborations – none more successful than her Grammy winning album with Robert Plant Raising Sand. The pair have just announced a second record together coming later this year, twelve years after the original collaboration.