Harris, Emmylou


  • From Birmingham, Alabama. Lives in Nashville.
  • Was a “hippie-hillbilly” singer and waitress, working in Washington D.C. when she was discovered by Chris Hillman, who introduced her to Gram Parsons (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers). That encounter launched her career.
  • Musical heroes: Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Bob Dylan.
  • Studied acting on a scholarship at University of North Carolina in Greensboro.
  • 1980, released acoustic album Roses in the Snow and won the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
  • 1988, she won the CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year for her “Trio” album (with Dolly Parton and Linda Rondstadt).
  • Until 1991, band was known as the “Hot Band” and included such musicians as Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs and Carl Jackson.
  • 1991, Emmylou formed an acoustic/bluegrass band The Nash Ramblers with Sam Bush, Roy Huskey Jr., Al Perkins, Jon Randall Stewart and Larry Atamanuik. They recorded one album, Live at the Ryman at the newly restored Ryman Auditorium.
  • 1992, she became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1992, released an acoustic Christmas album, Light of the Stable (Warner Brothers).
  • 1994, re-formed her Hot Band.
  • 2001, appeared on the movie soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the Down from the Mountain album and tour.
  • 2008, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • She has won 13 Grammy Awards (as of 2015).