After launching her recording career with the 1987 album, Too Late to Cry, Krauss introduced her band, Union Station, on the 1989 release Two Highways. She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1993 at the age of 21.
The band made bluegrass sales history with the 1995 release of Now That I’ve Found You: A Collection which achieved double platinum status. That same year, Krauss won an astounding four CMA Awards, including female vocalist, horizon award, single (‘When You Say Nothing at All’) and vocal event (‘Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart,’ with Shenandoah).
Her next three projects, including 1999’s pop-flavored solo album Forget About It, were each certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies. The band’s 2002 concert album, Live, was certified double platinum.
Krauss remains in demand for studio work. She has sung and played on recordings by such artists as Bad Company, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, John Michael Montgomery, Michael McDonald, Michael Johnson, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Dar Williams, Brad Paisley, the Chieftains, Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Rogers, Ralph Stanley, Shenandoah and Phish.
In addition to collaborating with high profile artists for special projects, Krauss has been in high demand for film soundtracks. Most notable is her involvement in the soundtrack for the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? — a project that also gained additional attention for Union Station member Dan Tyminski. They also appeared in the companion concert film, Down From the Mountain. Krauss has also contributed music to other film and TV shows, including soundtracks for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Where the Red Fern Grows, Mona Lisa Smile, Crossing Jordan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Krauss collaborated with rock musician Sting for ‘You Will Be My Ain True Love,’ one of two tracks she recorded for the 2003 film, Cold Mountain. The song garnered an Oscar nomination. She also teamed with James Taylor to record ‘How’s the World Treating You’ for the 2003 tribute album, Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers. The pairing won a Grammy and Live won two.
In 2004, Alison Krauss & Union Station delivered the exquisite album, Lonely Runs Both Ways. The project brought in three more Grammys, bringing her total to 20 — the most of any woman in history. She also picked up two more CMA Awards in 2004 for ‘Whiskey Lullaby,’ her duet with Brad Paisley. In addition, Jackson enlisted her to produce his 2006 album, Like Red on a Rose.