Justin Vernon

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Justin Vernon

Vernon performing with Bon Iver in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Background information
Birth nameJustin DeYarmond Edison Vernon
Born(1981-04-30) April 30, 1981 (age 31)
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S.[1]
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
Associated actsBon Iver
DeYarmond Edison
All Tiny Creatures
The Shouting Matches
Mount Vernon
Megafaun
Volcano Choir
Gayngs
Kanye West
The Throne
St. Vincent
Kathleen Edwards
James Blake
 
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Justin Vernon

Vernon performing with Bon Iver in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Background information
Birth nameJustin DeYarmond Edison Vernon
Born(1981-04-30) April 30, 1981 (age 31)
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S.[1]
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
Associated actsBon Iver
DeYarmond Edison
All Tiny Creatures
The Shouting Matches
Mount Vernon
Megafaun
Volcano Choir
Gayngs
Kanye West
The Throne
St. Vincent
Kathleen Edwards
James Blake

Justin DeYarmond Edison Vernon (born April 30, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and the frontman for Bon Iver.[2][3][4]

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Early life

Vernon attended Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, graduating in 1999. He then attended college at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. Vernon majored in Religious Studies and minored in Women's Studies. In an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report, he said that he was not ready to study music.[5]

Career

While in high school and college, Vernon founded the bands Mount Vernon and DeYarmond Edison – bands which originated from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he still resides.[6][7] DeYarmond Edison's core consisted of Vernon, Brad and Phil Cook, and Joe Westerlund. The band saw varying line-up changes during its five years of existence.

After a playing in the Eau Claire music scene, the four band mates decided to leave their longtime home and move to Raleigh, North Carolina to try their musical hand in a new place. The band released two records themselves, the first self-titled and the second titled Silent Signs[8] and an EP of unreleased material is available on their Myspace page.[9] After nearly a year in Raleigh, Vernon left for Wisconsin after a breakup with the band and a girlfriend. The remaining members of DeYarmond Edison went on to form a new band called Megafaun and remain good friends with Vernon.[10]

Vernon came to international prominence with For Emma, Forever Ago, his first album as Bon Iver.

Vernon is a part of other musical groups, including Volcano Choir, which consists of Vernon and the members of the band Collections of Colonies of Bees. In 2009 Unmap was released. The collaborative group Gayngs, which includes multiple other established artists, including Megafaun, The Rosebuds and P.O.S., released Relayted in 2010.[11] Vernon contributed to seven songs on Anaïs Mitchell's 2010 album Hadestown, based on the Greek legend Orpheus and Eurydice. He is half of The Shouting Matches, a blues-garage rock duo, along with Laarks and Peter Wolf Crier drummer Brian Moen. They have recorded but not yet released a 5-track EP, Mouthoil.[12]

Vernon agreed to let Kanye West use samples from his song "Woods" on his 2009 EP Blood Bank for West's 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and has contributed vocals to several songs in collaboration with West since.[13] In 2009, Vernon collaborated with Aaron Dessner on the song "Big Red Machine" for the AIDS benefit album Dark Was the Night produced by the Red Hot Organization.

He has produced albums for other artists, including Land of Talk's 2008 album Some Are Lakes[14] and Kathleen Edwards' 2012 album Voyageur.[15]

Bon Iver won Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album at the 2012 Grammys.[16]

Personal life

Since 2011, Vernon has been in a relationship with Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards.[17]

Discography

with Gayngs

with Bon Iver

with Volcano Choir

with Eau Claire Memorial Jazz I Ensemble

with The Shouting Matches

as Justin Vernon

with DeYarmond Edison

as JD Vernon

with Mount Vernon

References

  1. ^ "Justin Vernon". AskMen.com. December 13, 2008. http://www.askmen.com/celebs/men/entertainment/justin-vernon.html. 
  2. ^ Grammy Winners 2011
  3. ^ Judki, Maura (February 13, 2012). "Bon Iver’s Best New Artist win confuses Grammy viewers". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/click-track/post/bon-iver-best-new-artist-win-confuses-grammy-viewers/2012/02/12/gIQAkunz9Q_blog.html?tid=pm_entertainment_pop. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Caramanica, Jon (June 3, 2011). "Who, What and Where is Bon Iver?". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/magazine/who-what-and-where-is-bon-iver.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Colbert, Stephen (June 20, 2011). "Interview of Justin Vernon". Colbert Report. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/390018/june-20-2011/justin-vernon. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ Foley, Ryan (September 11, 2007). "Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago". Stylus Magazine. http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/bon-iver/for-emma-forever-ago.htm. 
  7. ^ Deusner, Stephen (October 4, 2007). "Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago". Pitchfork Media. http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/45817-for-emma-forever-ago. 
  8. ^ Indy Week Article on DeYarmond Edison
  9. ^ DeYarmond Edison on MySpace
  10. ^ Allen, Dustin (February 11, 2008). "Out of the Bungalow: An Interview With Bon Iver". Treblezine.com. http://www.treblezine.com/features/143.html. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  11. ^ http://jagjaguwar.com/blog/2010/02/jagjaguwar-introduces-gayngs-new-album-relayted-coming-in-may/
  12. ^ http://fortifiedwithoptimism.blogspot.com/2009/12/shouting-matches.html
  13. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/39752-justin-vernon-talks-kanye-collaboration-gayngs/
  14. ^ http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/land-talk-some-are-lakes/
  15. ^ "Kathleen Edwards Unveils 'Voyageur'". Exclaim!, October 11, 2011.
  16. ^ Wappler, Margaret (February 12, 2012). "Grammys 2012: Bon Iver wins for best new artist". Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/02/grammy-awards-2012-new-artist.html. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  17. ^ Ferguson, Wm. (October 11, 2011). "Justin Vernon, the Good Boyfriend". The New York Times. http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/justin-vernon-the-good-boyfriend/. 

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