Accomplished fiddler and violinist Andrea Zonn—who has toured with Vince Gill, James Taylor, and Lyle Lovett, among others—discusses her career as a backing musician and solo artist during this June 17, 2017, program, part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Nashville Cats series.
The daughter of classical musicians, Zonn grew up in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, with a passion for playing the violin. By age ten, she had discovered bluegrass music and competed in her first fiddle contest against fellow Urbana resident Alison Krauss. Now lifelong friends, the two musicians frequently competed and collaborated in their early years.
After moving to Nashville while still in her teens, Zonn built her career playing in bluegrass bands before cold-calling Vince Gill to ask for an audition. She has since toured extensively with Gill and appeared on his recordings. James Taylor, one of Zonn’s childhood idols, sought her out to perform in his band and sing in his vocal section.
Andrea Zonn also has an extensive career as a studio musician and backup singer (for artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, and Lee Ann Womack), and has released two solo albums. During the program, Zonn performs three songs she co-wrote for her 2015 album, “Rise,” including the title track.
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