Singer-songwriter best known for his work with Bright Eyes. He has also performed with the bands Park Ave., The Faint, and Monsters of Folk.
His musical interests began to expand after he joined his middle-school choir.
He was named the Best Songwriter of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine in 2008.
His father, Matthew Ryan Oberst Sr., was an information manager for Mutual of Omaha. His mother, Nancy Oberst, was an elementary education director for Omaha Public Schools. He dated Emily Arauz before marrying Corina Figueroa Escamilla in 2010.
He cited Neil Young as one of his musical influences.