Emmylou Harris is an American musician and songwriter. Emmylou Harris was born on April 2, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama and she reached fame as a folk and country singer. She also grabbed a lot of Grammies thanks to her talent. Because she has such a wonderful voice, Emmylou Harris was also invited to join other celebrities as a backing vocals or as a duet partner for a lot of songs. So, she was a partner of Dolly Parton, Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbinson, among many more. She had a lot of hits and through her music, she always promoted her beliefs. Emmylou Harris is known not only for her songs – sang or written, but also for her work as an activist for the causes she thought important. Emmylou Harris is a great example of activism and a great fighter who always stood for what she believed in.
For example, in 1997 and 1998, Emmylou Harris was a part of Lilith Fair. This Sarah McLachlan tour was meant to promote feminism in music, so, Emmylou Harris joined it as soon as she heard the proposal. After this successful period, she started things on her own. Since 1999, Emmylou Harris is organizing each year a tour that she named “Concerts for a Landmine Free World”. All the profits of this tour are always donated to an NGO which supports the victims of the conflicts in the world, called Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.
Being impressed with her actions, many artists joined Emmylou Harris in her endeavor. So, the concerts she gives now feature Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Mary Chapin Carpenter and other country music artists. Emmylou Harris is also a supporter of animal rights and a convinced PETA member. She supports through donations an animal shelter located in Nashville. When Emmylou Harris has spare time, she also loves to assist and to do work in this shelter that she founded years ago. More recently, Emmylou Harris became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and she is an important part of the commission dealing humanity and social sciences.