Sunday, February 12, 2012

Justin Vernon

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

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

Bon Iver is a folk band founded in 2007 by American indie folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. It includes Michael Noyce, Sean Carey, and Matthew McCaughan. Vernon released Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months in a remote cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. The name Bon Iver is derived from the French phrase bon hiver meaning "good winter" or "have a good winter"

Vernon is also a part of other musical groups, including Volcano Choir, which consists of Vernon and the members of the band Collections of Colonies of Bees. An even more recent project is the collaborative group GAYNGS, working with multiple other established artists, including Megafaun, The Rosebuds and P.O.S.. Vernon also contributed to seven songs on Anaïs Mitchell's 2010 album Hadestown, based on the Greek legend Orpheus and Eurydice. He is also half of The Shouting Matches, a blues-garage rock duo, along with Laarks and Peter Wolf Crier drummer Brien Moen. They have recorded but not yet released a 5-track EP, Mouthoil.

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. In 2009, Vernon also 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 also produced albums for other artists, including Land of Talk's 2008 album Some Are Lakes and Kathleen Edwards' 2012 album Voyageur

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