As a child in Champaign, Illinois, Krauss she had already developed an affinity for country and bluegrass at age 8, and began performing at local talent shows -- soon finding a band to back her up. At 12, she was named the Most Promising Fiddler in the Midwest by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America, a title she has since proven to be true. In 1985, at the age of 14, Krauss performed on an album for the first time, along with her brother and two other musicians. A few months later, she signed with Rounder Records.
In 1987, a 16-year-old Krauss released her debut album, "Too Late to Cry." It featured a band named Union Station, with whom she soon partnered. In 1989, they worked on an album together called "Two Highways," which earned Krauss her first Grammy nomination. In 1992, their second album, "Every Time You Say Goodbye," won the Grammy. Also that year, Krauss joined the Grand Ol' Opry, becoming its youngest member at just 21, and the first bluegrass artist in 29 years.
Krauss continued to succeed. In 1995, her compilation, "Now That I've Found You: A Collection," took off. It was certified 2x platinum, went to #2 on the country charts, and even went into the pop Top Ten. She continued to release more albums, both with Union Station as well as solo, and continued to earn more Grammy nominations and awards. She also contributed to the hit soundtrack for the feature "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" which introduced bluegrass to millions.
Throughout her career, Alison Krauss has earned an amazing 26 Grammy awards, the most awarded to any female artist or any singer, and the second most-awarded overall. Along with the current members of Union Station -- Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Ron Block and Barry Bales -- she just released a new album, "Paper Airplane."