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  • Originally from Kingston, New York. Moved to Alabama at age 12.
  • 1974, formed The Front Porch String Band in Birmingham, Alabama with husband Larry. Disbanded the group in 1982 to start a family.
  • Has sang on albums by Linda Rondstadt, John Starling, Pam Tillis, Ralph Stanley, Skip Ewing, Dolly Parton, Kathy Mattea, Emmy Lou Harris, Patty Loveless, many others.
  • Has written many songs recorded by such artists as Patty Loveless, the Whites, Kathy Mattea, The Seldom Scene, Pierce Pettis, Valerie Smith, others.
  • 1990, began touring again with a reorganized Front Porch String Band.
  • 1993, released Friends for a Lifetime album (Brentwood Music). Re-released in 1998 on Rounder Records.
  • 1997, released Silver & Gold album (Rounder), nominated for a Grammy in the Best Bluegrass category.
  • 2000, disbanded the Front Porch String Band once again to spend more time at home with her family.
  • 2000, released Lovelight album (Rounder), nominated for a Grammy in the Best Bluegrass category.
  • 2000-2002, toured with Dolly Parton, providing background vocals.
  • 2005, returned to performing and recording with her own band.
  • 2006, released New Day album (Rounder).
  • 2007, released Crowd Favorites album (Rounder).
  • 2009, released Whatcha Gonna Do album (Rounder).
  • 2013, released Dear Sister album (Compass).
  • 2013, won her third IBMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year (also won in 1997 and 2010).
  • 2014, released Holiday! album (Thrill Hill).
  • 2014, won IBMA awards for Song of the Year (for “Dear Sister,” co-written by Louisa Branscomb and Claire Lynch) and Recorded Event of the Year (for “Wild Montana Skies” with the Special Consensus and Rob Ickes).
  • 2019, won IBMA Award for Gospel Recording of the Year for “Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout,” written by Rick Lang.
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