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 possess and out of that small fraction, a smaller fraction who 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 earned the accolade of being the best songwriter in 2008. His talent has helped him work with several acts, from bands like Commander Venus to Better Oblivion Community Center. In this article, we cover the life and career of Conor Oberst. Read on.
Conor Oberst Biography
The musician was born to parents Matthew Ryan Oberst and Nancy Oberst as Conor Mullen Oberst on the 15th of February 1980. He was born as the third and last born in the family of five, with two older brothers. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, United States.
Conor Oberst’s education began at St. Pius X/St. Leo School where he first began to express his musical talents, singing in the school choir. Following the completion of high school, Conor attended the University of Nebraska, dropping out in the first semester of his sophomore year to face his career as a musician.
The music star began learning the guitar at the age of 10 and this eventually graduated into a music career that began when he was just 12 years old. An invitation to sing on stage by Ted Stevens and Bill Hoover in 1992 kickstarted over two decades of life in the music industry for the Nebraska-born musician.
The rare opportunity to perform in front of a large audience at a tender age fired up Conor Oberst enough to produce an album within a year of his stage debut. He 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 their 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.
With the release of each album and the stage performances that went along with it, Conor Oberst’s popularity increased among rock fans. His most popular band till date, Bright Eyes was formed in 1995. Although it started out as a solo project, it eventually became a band and it achieved national success following the release of its 2002 album, Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground.
Till date, Conor 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. Among the few milestones he has achieved in his career, one of them was in 2008 when he was named the Best Songwriter of the Year by the iconic music and entertainment magazine, Rolling Stone.
Regarding his personality, Conor Oberst is an outspoken individual who doesn’t shy away from expressing his political opinions. Although not considered a registered Democrat, he has shown vocal support to the party and has supported its candidates like Barack Obama whom he performed in support of in 2008.
If Married, Who is His Wife?
Asides being a popular rock star, Conor Oberst is also a family man. He has been married to his wife, Corina Figueroa Escamilla since 2010.
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 sometime in 2010. So far, the couple hasn’t shared any children.
His Net Worth
When you have been a professional musician for over two decades, releasing charting records and going on several successful tours, you are bound to accrue a significant net worth. Since that has been the case of Conor Oberst, it would be fair to presume that he is a rich man but unfortunately, that hasn’t been the reality of Conor Oberst.
Despite a strong financial start to his career which saw him sell millions of records, a string of bad rumors and the advent of streaming services has left Conor Oberst living a more modest life. His exact net worth, however, is unknown.