A “truly venturesome, genre-transcending pathfinder,” according to Billboard magazine, EMMYLOU HARRIS has been admired throughout her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, but it was with her 2000 album, Red Dirt Girl, for which Harris was awarded her tenth Grammy (out of eleven total to date), that she revealed she is also a gifted songwriter. Continuing that trend, she wrote ten of the eleven tracks on her 2003 album, Stumble Into Grace, which was released on Nonesuch Records and featured such guests as Daniel Lanois, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Jill Cunniff, Julie Miller, Linda Ronstadt, and Jane Siberry.
Though Emmylou Harris is the most admired and influential woman in contemporary country music, her scope extends far beyond it. She has recorded with such diverse artists as Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Tammy Wynette, Neil Young, The Chieftains, Lyle Lovett, Roy Orbison, The Band, Willie Nelson, and George Jones.
A longtime social activist, Harris has lent her voice to many causes. Since 1997 she has been the most visible spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, drawing public attention and notable musical artists to the cause. She is active in cultural preservation issues, notably the Country Music Foundation and the Grand Ole Opry. And, as an animal rights activist and the owner of several dogs and cats, Emmylou supports PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and The Humane Society, and she fosters dogs waiting to be adopted, preventing their being euthanized.