Country singer and musician EmmyLou Harris was born April 2, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama.  Her father was in the military so the family moved a great deal.  She attended high school in Woodbridge, Virginia and graduated from high school there.  She studied drama at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, but dropped out and turned to music.  Her genres include Folk, Country-Rock, Country, Bluegrass and Alternative Country.  She has worked with numerous leading artists including, Gram Parsons whom she considers her mentor. He passed away in 1973. She also worked with Bob Dylan, Garrison Keillor, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, Linda Ronstadt and many more. She put seven number country hits on the country charts and several top ten hits.  She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1992 and won 13 Grammy Awards.

Activism has been a big part of Harris life.  Since 1999, she has been organizing an annual benefit tour called Concerts for a Landmine Free World.  All proceeds from the tours support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundations around the world.

In April of 2009, she became a grandmother -- her daughter gave birth to a daughter named Prudence.

Join me Sunday, October 30th for the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight at 11 am featuring EmmyLou Harris at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online and on your mobile device.





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