Emmylou Harris

Active - 1978 - 2017  |   Born - Apr 2, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States  |   Genres - Music

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Country-western singer/songwriter who has occasionally appeared onscreen.

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  • Was high school valedictorian and played the saxophone in the marching band.
  • Attended UNC on a drama scholarship, but dropped out to pursue a career in music. Received an honorary doctorate degree from Berklee College of Music in 2009.
  • Began singing in folk clubs in Greenwich Village.
  • The 1991 album Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers at the Ryman and the accompanying TV special were responsible for the subsequent renovation of the famed building, once home to the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Received the Billboard Century Award in 1999 and the American Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
  • Was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Is a social activist, championing such causes as PETA and Campaign for a Landmine Free World.