Emmylou Harris is a famous American Singer, Songwriter and Musician who has had duets with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. Harris was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in North Carolina and Woodbridge in Virginia. After this, she won a scholarship at the University of North Carolina to study drama which put her in a position to really get interested in music, especially the guitar. Next, she moved up to New York, working as a waiter and singing in coffeehouses (think Phoebe Buffay from Friends!). Whilst she was doing this she recorded her first album. As she performed one night she caught the attention of Chris Hillman who put her in touch with Gram Parsons and subsequently ended up recording a record with him. From here Harris was scouted by Warner Bros. and they helped her record her first major album. From here, she was widely recognized as a star and her career grew in leaps and bounds.
Warner Bros. agreed to sign her if she could enlist help from other fellow musicians and produce a ‘hot band’, which she did by getting other similar musicians onside. In the late 1970s, Harris started to settle down with a family, and dropped three of her record contracts that she felt were sending her in the ‘wrong direction’. In the early 80s she did a bit of pop-chart song-writing and singing, including acts with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. From the 1990s, Harris found herself losing airtime on the mainstream country radios as they were looking for more contemporary acts, so she crafted her own niche for her follows, selling thousands of albums and touring globally.