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Multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer

Emmylou Harris is an American country singer-songwriter and musician. In addition to her work as a solo artist and bandleader, she is a popular vocalist and duet partner, working with other highly successful, well-known artists.

Country singer Emmylou Harris started life a GI kid. Her father, who was a Marine Corps officer, was reported missing in action in Korea in 1952 and spent ten months as a prisoner of war.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Emmylou Harris spent her childhood in North Carolina and Virginia. At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro she began to study music seriously, learning to play the songs of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on guitar, before pursuing her own passion for country music.

In 1997 and 1998, Harris performed in Sarah McLachlin's Lilith Fair, promoting feminism in music. In 1999, Harris began organizing an annual benefit tour called Concerts for a Landmine Free World. Since then, all proceeds from the tours support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation's (VVAF) work assisting innocent victims of conflicts around the world. The tour also benefits the VVAF's work to raise America's awareness of the global landmine problem. Artists who have joined Harris for these important concerts include Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sheryl Crow, Joan Baez, Patti Griffin, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Nancy Griffith and more.

Harris is also a supporter of animal rights and an active member of PETA. She founded and assists at an animal shelter in Nashville.

Emmylou Harris is the recipient of many music awards. Some of her many Grammy Awards include:
  • Best Female Country Vocal Performance

  • 2001 Album of the Year (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

  • Best Contemporary Folk Album (Red Dirt Girl)

  • Best Country Vocal Collaboration ("After The Gold Rush" with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt)

  • Best Country Vocal Collaboration ("Same Old Train")

  • 1995 Best Contemporary Folk Album (Wrecking Ball)

  • 1992 Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers At The Ryman, as Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers)

  • Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (Trio, with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt)

  • Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("In My Dreams")

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