A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Harris is known as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s, and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation selling more than 15 million records and garnering 13 Grammy Awards (this year she and Rodney Crowell won the Grammy for “Best Americana album”), three CMA Awards, and two Americana Awards.
Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. She has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and most recently Rodney Crowell. Few artists have achieved such honesty or have revealed such maturity in their writing. Forty years into her career, Harris continues to share the hard-earned wisdom that—hopefully if not inevitably—comes with getting older, though she’s never stopped looking ahead.
A longtime social activist, Harris has lent her voice to many causes. She has performed at Lilith Fair, helping promote feminism in music and organizing several benefit tours to support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. Harris is also an avid supporter of animal rights and is actively involved in Bonaparte’s Retreat, the dog rescue organization that she founded.
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[Boston Globe] By Stuart Munro When it came time for the Milk Carton Kids to play their first song Sunday night, one of the Kids, Joey Ryan, remarked by way of preface, “You’ve already got your money’s worth.” He was right. And the concert — one of several dates intended to raise awareness of the […]
Concert Tour Featuring Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and More will Benefit Refugee Education
[Jesuit Refugee Service] (Washington, D.C.) September 6, 2016 — Five of America’s most popular musical acts are coming together for an 11-stop concert tour this fall to raise awareness of the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees will be headlined in North America by Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, […]
Album of the Year Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color Best Rock Performance Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight” Best Alternative Music Album Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color Wilco, Star Wars Best Americana Album Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (Official) (album) The Traveling Kind Best Rock Song Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight” Best American Roots Song Emmylou […]
[Rolling Stone] New song is the title track to the iconic singers’ second duets album, out May 12th Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell know a thing or two about what remains after the stage lights fade and the glisten of youth folds into wrinkles: it’s the songs. Friends for decades and collaborators on 2013’s Grammy-winning […]
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, whose new duets album, The Traveling Kind, is due out May 12, stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman as musical guests on the show last night. They sang a special rendition of the gospel tune “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” in tribute to Letterman, whose final episode as […]
[NPR] Listen here It took Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell nearly four decades to get around to making their first duets album, Old Yellow Moon, and just two years to follow it with The Traveling Kind. Their collaborative debut may have swept two of the biggest awards in their genre — a Best Americana Album […]
[Rolling Stone] “I worshipped her,” the country-roots chanteuse says of Baez, who was honored at a New York gala By Stephen L. Betts One listen to Emmylou Harris’ obscure 1969 solo debut album, Gliding Bird, and you’ll hear the obvious influence of folk singer Joan Baez on the future Country Music Hall of Fame member. […]
[New York Times] Americanafest NYC at Damrosch Park Bandshell By Nate Chinen Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell foraged through history both distant and recent at the Damrosch Park Bandshell on Wednesday night, finding some of the strongest traction in vintage songs of their own design. Among them was “ ’Til I Gain Control Again,” written […]
[Nonesuch] Emmylou Harris’s “Wrecking Ball” to Be Reissued April 8 Remastered, with Previously Unreleased Material, Behind-the-Scenes DVD Emmylou Harris’s groundbreaking album Wrecking Ball will be reissued April 8 on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson), Wrecking Ball won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and […]