Music is one of the most unifying things on the planet. The beauty that comes from the stringing of multiple keys together to make music is a gift that a small fraction of the population possesses. Out of that small fraction, an even smaller fraction get the chance to share their gift with millions of people around the world. Conor Oberst, who is a singer and songwriter for the popular band, Bright Eyes is one of the people in the latter.
Conor Oberst has made a name for himself as a musician with exceptional songwriting skills, enough to have been awarded the Best Songwriter title by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2008. His talent has helped him work with several acts, from bands like Commander Venus to Better Oblivion Community Center. Having kicked off his career in 1992 at the age of 12, the rock sensation has raked in significant earnings from his diverse works in the music industry.
Here’s How Conor Oberst Built His Impressive Net Worth
Being a professional musician for over two decades, releasing charting records, and going on several successful tours, Conor Oberst was bound to accrue a significant net worth. Conor has had a strong financial start to his career which saw him sell millions of records. He has been a part of over 8 bands and has helmed the release of over eight albums as a solo artist and over 10 as a member of various bands.
His self titled album ‘Conor Oberst’ which he released in August 2008 peaked at No. 3 on US Rock Chart and sold about 98,000 copies in the United States. However, he had his career breakthrough with Bright Eyes – an indie rock band which he formed in 1995. Following the band’s release of ‘Lifted or The Story Is In the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground’ in 2002, they attained international recognition as they gained spots on the pages of notable magazines like The Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Blender.
The commercially successful album registered sales of over 250,000 copies. Similarly, the band released another massive hit album in 2005 titled ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning’ which sold over half a million copies in the US. Their album ‘Digital Ash in a Digital Urn’ has sold more than 260,000 units and was gold certified by the Independent Music Companies Association in the year 2007. The album also clinched the No. 15 spot on the United States and United Kingdom Album Charts.
More so, their album, ‘Cassadaga’, which debuted at No. 4 on US Billboard 200 has sold over 230,000 copies in the United States. The album was ranked 12th on Rolling Stone’s list of Top 50 Albums in 2007.
Asides from recording commercially successful albums, Conor Oberst also has earned huge sums from Tours and Concerts. He additionally serves as the founding member of two record labels – Saddle Creek Records and Team Love records.
In 2012, the esteemed songwriter established a bar along with Philip Schaffant called Pageturners Lounge in Omaha, Nebraska. Through his endeavors over the past years, Conor Oberst’s net worth is estimated between $1-3 million.
Details of The Guitarist’s Thriving Career In Music
The music star released his first album in 1993, which was titled ‘Water’. The album was released via Lumberjack Records which is better known today as Saddle Creek Records. Subsequently, he formed his first band, The Faint, which was originally known as Norman Bailer. The band released its first album in 1995 which was titled, ‘Sine Sierra’. In 1994, Conor formed another band, Commander Venus. The band existed between 1994 to 1998 and released two albums, ‘Do You Feel at Home?’ and ‘The Uneventful Vacation’.
Meanwhile, in the year 1996, Conor Oberst became a band member of the Magnetas, as well as Park Ave. After recording a few songs with them, he parted ways with the music groups. He subsequently became a guitarist and singer for the rock band, Desaparecidos in 2001. Although he left the group in the next year, he rejoined them in 2012 and has been active in the band since then. They have released albums such as ‘Payola’ and also released numerous singles, some of which include ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’, ‘MariKKKopa/Backsell’ and ‘Anonymous/The Left is Right’.
Between 2007 and 2009, the guitarist formed other bands such as Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and Monsters of Folk. Afterward, his musical career took a whole new direction when he began collaborating with Phoebe Bridgers in 2019. They performed together at various concerts and TV shows as Better Oblivion Community Center.
Bright Eyes have shared a new song, “One and Done," featuring Flea — and it's an exhausted but stoic accounting of a crumbling world https://t.co/ltPsr8m2qT
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 27, 2020
With the release of each album and the stage performances that went along with it, Conor Oberst’s popularity increased among rock fans. Despite being a member of several bands, the talented instrumentalist eventually encountered huge success as a music artist following his works as a member of Bright Eyes, as previously mentioned. Although it started out as a solo project, it eventually became a band and consists of Conor Oberst – producer, Mike Mogis – multi-instrumentalist, and Nate Walcott – composer, Piano and trumpet player.
The three-man band achieved national success following the release of its 2002 album, ‘Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground’. After going on hiatus in 2011, the indie rock band made a comeback in January 2020. They then released a single ‘Persona Non Grata’ in March 2020. They also scheduled for a World Tour which was supposed to have kicked off on 23rd March 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, but the Covid-19 pandemic canceled all those plans.
With his Bright Eyes bandmates, the group won the 2007 PLUG Independent Music Artist of the Year Award and Song of the Year Award for ‘When the President Talks to God’. The band also received a special recognition award at the 17th edition of GLAAD Media Awards.
Exploring Conor And Corina Escamilla’s Love Story
Asides being a popular rock star, Conor Oberst is also a family man. He has been married to his wife, Corina Figueroa Escamilla since December 2010. The wedding ceremony took place at the Cloisters, Upper Manhattan, New York. The couple walked down the aisle with Jim James performing ‘Wonderful (The Way You Feel)’ by Morning Jacket for them. It was a private wedding ceremony graced only by their family and friends with no press release. It was attended by musicians M. Ward, Britt, and The Felice Brothers, who all performed at the ceremony.
According to available information, Conor Oberst apparently met his wife while he was recording one of his songs in Mexico in 2008. The two subsequently began to date and eventually got married. So far, the two do not have any children together.
Conor Oberst’s wife, Corina Figueroa Escamilla, is a Mexican singer and songwriter who is very renowned in her country. She earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana situated in Mexico in 2008 and subsequently studied Audio Engineering at SAE Institute of Technology, New York.
After moving to the United States following her marriage to Conor, it was reported that the Mexican singer is working on releasing a studio album, which is yet to be released to date. She occasionally performs alongside her husband in some of his concerts and has continued to show him great support in his career.