Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She was raised in Champaign, Illinois, and entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for the first time at fourteen. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station, and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.She has released twelve albums, appeared on numerous soundtracks, including O Brother Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain, and helped renew interest in bluegrass music in the United States. As of the 2011 Grammy Awards, she has won 26 Grammy Awards, making her the most awarded singer, the most awarded female artist, and tied for the third most awarded artist overall in Grammy history.