Emmylou Harris is an exceptional American vocalist whose career has earned her numerous awards and the musical influence of many artists. Now 75 years old and due to her success has amassed an enormous fortune through her efforts.
Harris is also recognized for her charitable and humanitarian endeavors, such as Bonaparte’s Retreat Foundation which she established for animal rescue efforts.
Early Life and Education
Harris’ successful performance career has allowed her to amass significant wealth. Her timeless music continues to sell and her live shows attract sold-out audiences; additionally, Harris has amassed significant earnings through collaborations with other artists.
Her musical journey began in Birmingham, Alabama where she received a theater scholarship to attend University of North Carolina Greensboro; however, she decided to focus her energies solely on her music career.
Harris enjoyed success during the 1980s with albums like Roses in the Snow, Evangeline, Last Date, Trio with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt as well as 1995’s Wrecking Ball which signalled her shift into alternative rock/alternative country; subsequent recordings such as Red Dirt Girl and Stumble into Grace were highly-acclaimed by critics and listeners.
Emmylou Harris is well-renowned for her distinctive vocals and songs that strike an emotional chord in audiences around the world. Her musical style fuses rock, folk and country elements, making her easy for listeners to connect with. A Grammy award winner who has worked with some of music’s biggest names;
Harris relies heavily on album sales and royalties as a source of income, selling over 25 albums throughout her career and continuing to produce hits even as she enters her late 70s.
Harris relies heavily on touring and live performances as an income stream, having participated in multiple tours throughout her career, which resulted in ticket sales and merchandise purchases. Her real estate holdings – including her residence – also contribute substantially to her net worth.
Achievement and Honors
Emmylou Harris has received many honors and awards during her extraordinary music career, such as CMA, ACM, GRAMMY and International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Furthermore, she has been an honorary member of Grand Ole Opry since 1992.
Harris is active in both philanthropy and activism, including her efforts to support animal rescue. Additionally, she has held several beneficial concerts that raise funds for various organizations.
Harris was born April 2, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama and raised between North Carolina and Woodbridge, Virginia by her father Walter Rutland who served in WWII and became a prisoner-of-war during this time period. Harris has two daughters Hallie and Meghann and has been married three times; her first marriage lasted only one year and ended with its own divorce decree.
As she performs live shows, music legend Adele continues to generate substantial ticket sales and merchandise sales income. Additionally, her philanthropic efforts – particularly her support of animal rights causes – contribute to increasing her net worth.
Her timeless catalog of albums continue to sell and generate valuable royalties. Additionally, she has worked alongside some of the greatest musicians like Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt to increase both her popularity and earning potential.
Emmylou Harris left college to pursue her musical dreams, working as a waitress and singing folk songs at Greenwich Village coffeehouses before being signed to Jubilee Records in 1969. She married songwriter Tom Slocum but their marriage ended soon thereafter; later marrying Brian Ahern and later English songwriter Paul Kennerley respectively.
Harris has earned herself a place as one of the premier musicians and singers. Her impressive repertoire and captivating performances have led to sold-out shows that generate revenue streams for Harris as a musician/singer. Furthermore, royalties earned from her back catalog provide steady finances as she produces new albums and tours worldwide.
Artist has invested in real estate to increase her wealth. Her charitable endeavors, especially those focused on animal rights, also help bolster it.
Harris hails from a military background; her father served in Korea during 1952, experiencing captivity himself. At Gar-Field Senior High School she earned class valedictorian status before receiving a grant to study music and dramatization at UNC Greensboro.