Emmylou Harris


Emmylou Harris is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She has released many chart-topping albums and singles over the course of her career, and has won 12 Grammys and numerous other awards.

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1947 Birth Born on April 2, 1947.
1952 5 Years Old Harris is from a career military family. Her father, Walter Harris, was a military officer and her mother Eugenia was a wartime military wife. Her father, a member of the Marine Corps, was reported missing in action in Korea in 1952 and spent ten months as a prisoner of war. … Read More


1969 - 1973 3 More Events
1974 27 Years Old Parsons' Grievous Angel was released posthumously in 1974, and three more tracks from his sessions with Harris were included on another posthumous Parsons album, Sleepless Nights, in 1976. … Read More
1975 28 Years Old Warner Brothers A&R representative Mary Martin introduced Harris to Canadian producer Brian Ahern, who produced her major label debut album, Pieces of the Sky, released in 1975 on Reprise Records. … Read More
1976 29 Years Old …  Elite Hotel won a Grammy in 1976 for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female. … Read More


1977 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Harris's commercial apex was Luxury Liner, released in 1977, which remains one of her definitive records. … Read More
1979 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Their (Harris's second and also Ahern's second) daughter, Meghann, was born in 1979. … Read More
1980 - 1982 3 More Events
1985 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Harris's major-label releases thus far included few of her own songs, but in 1985 her songwriting skills were prominent with the release of a concept album The Ballad of Sally Rose, for which she co-wrote all of the songs. … Read More


In 1987, nearly a full decade after their first attempt, Harris teamed up with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt for a long-promised and long-anticipated Trio disc. … Read More
1989 - 1991 2 More Events
1993 46 Years Old As with Brand New Dance, 1993's Cowgirl's Prayer—Harris' first studio album after her switch to Elektra Records—was critically praised but received very little airplay, and its lead single, "High Powered Love" charted very low, peaking at No. 63, prompting her to shift her career in a new direction.
1995 48 Years Old In 1995, Harris released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the decade, Wrecking Ball, produced by Daniel Lanois, best known for his work with U2, Peter Gabriel and Bob Dylan. … Read More


1998 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Harris then took her Wrecking Ball material on the road, releasing the live Spyboy in 1998, backed with a power trio comprising Nashville producer, songwriter and guitarist Buddy Miller and New Orleans musicians, drummer Brady Blade and bassist-vocalist-percussionist Daryl Johnson. … Read More
1999 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1999, Harris released Trio 2 with Parton and Ronstadt. … Read More
2000 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, Harris released her solo follow-up to Wrecking Ball, Red Dirt Girl, produced by Lanois protégé Malcolm Burn. … Read More
2002 55 Years Old Harris and many of the same artists took their show on the road for the Down from the Mountain Tour in 2002.
2003 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Harris supplied the finishing touches in harmonizing with the Dixie Chicks on a song they were recording in the studio, "Godspeed".
2004 57 Years Old In 2004, Harris led the Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue tour with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin. … Read More
On September 9, 2005, Harris participated in "Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast", a series of concerts simulcast by most American television stations to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old She also appeared in the Jonathan Demme documentary-concert film Neil Young: Heart of Gold, released in 2006. … Read More


2007 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Harris is featured on A Tribute To Joni Mitchell, released on April 24, 2007. … Read More
2008 61 Years Old 1 More Event
Harris wrote a song called "In Rodanthe" for the 2008 film Nights in Rodanthe. … Read More
2009 - 2010 2 More Events
2011 64 Years Old 1 More Event
PBS host Tavis Smiley interviewed Harris in a program that aired on April 20, 2011. … Read More
2012 65 Years Old 1 More Event
The 2012 single "Emmylou" by Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit on their album The Lion's Roar is, in part, a tribute to Harris, with its lyrics referring to her relationship to Gram Parsons.
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