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Birth Name:
Justin Vernon

2007 in Eau Claire, WI


Years Active:
'00s, '10s

Bon Iver


Justin Vernon began recording under the nom de band Bon Iver following the breakup of DeYarmond Edison, an indie folk group similar in tone and manner to Iron & Wine, Little Wings, and — to a certain extent — Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Vernon's solo project took DeYarmond Edison's introspective, folky sound and embellished it with squinchy, quirky orchestral touches that nodded to Sparklehorse and the drifty optimism of the Flaming Lips. Vernon moved back to Wisconsin the winter following DeYarmond's demise, setting up camp in a remote cabin in the north woods for three months. It was a hugely generative period for Vernon; writing and recording songs in 12-hour bursts, he found himself with a nine-song debut album by spring. He dubbed the project Bon Iver (an intentional misspelling of the French for "good winter"), and the disc, For Emma, Forever Ago, was released on Jagjaguwar in early 2008. . Joined in his live shows by Sean Carey, Vernon toured throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada throughout the remainder of the year, sharing the stage with like-minded singer/songwriter Elvis Perkins. As the year progressed, the album became quite popular with both the buying public and critics, eventually landing on a number of "best of 2008" year-end lists. In January 2009, Bon Iver returned with an EP of old and new songs titled Blood Bank. One of Vernon's fans turned out to be Kanye West, who brought him to Hawaii later that year to add vocals to a couple tracks on West's 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. When it came time to return to Vernon's own music, he continued stretching his legs by composing orchestral, lushly arranged folk songs that turned their back on For Emma's intimate sound. The new tunes were released during the following summer as Bon Iver. It received generally positive reviews, topped the charts in several countries, and hit number two in America. In February 2012, Bon Iver won two Grammy awards: Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist.

Top Albums

1. Bon Iver
Blood Bank - EP, Bon Iver
2. Blood Bank -..
Bon Iver (Deluxe Edition), Bon Iver
3. Bon Iver (De..
iTunes Session, Bon Iver
4. iTunes Sessi..
For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver
5. For Emma, Fo..
Beth / Rest - Single, Bon Iver
6. Beth / Rest ..
Towers - Single, Bon Iver
7. Towers - Sin..
Towers b/w Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) - Single, Bon Iver
8. Towers b/w B..
Holocene / Come Talk to Me - Single, Bon Iver
9. Holocene / C..
Fall Creek Boys Choir - Single, Bon Iver
10. Fall Creek B..
Calgary / I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of Time - Single, Bon Iver
11. Calgary / I ..

Top Songs

Skinny LoveFor Emma, Forever Ago3:58$1.29
Skinny LoveHave You Heard3:52$0.99
HoloceneBon Iver5:36$1.29
Blood BankBlood Bank - EP4:45$1.29
I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of..Calgary / I Can't Make ..6:42$1.29
Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nic..My Beautiful Dark Twisted F..6:18$1.29
Wash.Bon Iver4:58$1.29
Wolves (Act I and II)For Emma, Forever Ago5:22$1.29
Beach BabyBlood Bank - EP2:40$1.29
Heavenly FatherWish I Was Here (Music From..4:03$1.29
FlumeFor Emma, Forever Ago3:39$1.29
Re: StacksFor Emma, Forever Ago6:41$1.29
For EmmaFor Emma, Forever Ago3:40$1.29
TowersBon Iver3:08$1.29
Creature FearFor Emma, Forever Ago3:06$1.29
BlindsidedFor Emma, Forever Ago5:29$1.29
WoodsBlood Bank - EP4:45$1.29
HoloceneBon Iver (Deluxe Edition)5:36$1.29
MichicantBon Iver3:45$1.29
PerthBon Iver4:22$1.29
Lost In the World (feat. Bon Iver)My Beautiful Dark Twisted F..4:16$1.29
Lump SumFor Emma, Forever Ago3:21$1.29
Beth/RestBeth / Rest - Single5:16$0.99
CalgaryBon Iver4:10$1.29
Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nic..My Beautiful Dark Twisted F..6:18$1.29

Top Music Videos

Holocene (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
1. Holocene (Vid...
Holocene, Bon Iver
2. Holocene
Lost In the World, Kanye West
3. Lost In the W...
Towers (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
4. Towers (Video...
Perth (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
5. Perth (Video ...
Calgary (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
6. Calgary (Vide...
Wash. (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
7. Wash. (Video ...
Michicant (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
8. Michicant (Vi...
Minnesota, WI (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
9. Minnesota, WI...
I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of Time, Bon Iver
10. I Can't Make ...
Beth / Rest (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
11. Beth / Rest (...
Hinnom, TX (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
12. Hinnom, TX (V...
Towers, Bon Iver
13. Towers
Lisbon, OH (Video Accompaniment), Bon Iver
14. Lisbon, OH (V...
Calgary, Bon Iver
15. Calgary
Credits, Bon Iver
16. Credits


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