Raitt is the daughter of Broadway stars John Raitt. Although many years active in the music scene, her remained the commercial success failed long. She collaborated in the 1970s with Warren Zevon, Steve Ripley and Little Feat. In 1983 she lost, with drug and alcohol problems fighting, their record deal.
1987 she managed a comeback, as they TV show put together with KD Lang and Jennifer Warnes the background choir with Roy Orbison, a show that received a lot of attention and good reviews. Her tenth album, released in 1989 Nick of Time not only reached number one in the U.S. charts and secured her three Grammys, but sold in the U.S. alone five million times. The follow-up album Luck of the Draw was even more successful with eight million copies sold in the United States. On their live album Road Tested are listening to, among other duets with Bryan Adams and Jackson Browne. In 2004 she was invited by Ray Charles, with him on his album Genius Loves Company, the duet of Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? to sing.