Singer-songwriter best known as frontman for the indie folk band Bon Iver. He also worked with Volcano Choir and Gayngs.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and studied in Ireland for a semester. His first album with Bon Iver, 2007's For Emma, Forever Ago, was an international hit.
He won Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album in 2012.
He was born to Gil and Justine Vernon and raised with his brother Nate Vernon. He was in a relationship with Kathleen Edwards, but they eventually broke up.
He told Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report that his major in college was religious studies, while his minor was in women's studies, because he wasn't ready at that point to study music.