The Decemberists Music Career, Biography and Net Worth

The Decemberists are an American indie folk rock band. The band was formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon and has released eight studio albums. The band’s music is known for its heavy reliance on storytelling, with many songs featuring historical and literary references.


Name Date of Birth
Colin Meloy October 5, 1974
Chris Funk August 28, 1971
Jenny Conlee December 12, 1971
Nate Query January 7, 1969
John Moen August 23, 1968

The band members have been playing together since their college days at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. They first gained popularity in the early 2000s with their album “Castaways and Cutouts”. Since then, the band has gone on to release several critically acclaimed albums.


  • Castaways and Cutouts (2002)
  • Her Majesty The Decemberists (2003)
  • Picaresque (2005)
  • The Crane Wife (2006)
  • The Hazards of Love (2009)
  • The King Is Dead (2011)
  • What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (2015)
  • I’ll Be Your Girl (2018)

The band has a reputation for putting on energetic live shows, often incorporating audience participation and theatrical elements into their performances.

Social Media

The Decemberists are active on social media. You can follow them on the following platforms:

Personal Life

Colin Meloy, the lead singer of The Decemberists, is married to illustrator and children’s book author Carson Ellis. They have two children together. The other band members are also married with children.

Colin Meloy attended the University of Montana, where he earned a degree in creative writing. Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee both attended Oregon State University. Nate Query attended the University of Oregon, and John Moen attended Willamette University.

Net Worth

According to, The Decemberists have an estimated net worth of $10 million USD. This is the equivalent of:

  • ₦3.7 billion Nigerian Naira
  • $13 million Canadian Dollars
  • 48 million Ghanaian Cedi
  • 1.08 billion Kenyan Shilling
  • 125 million South African Rand
  • 35.7 billion Ugandan Shilling
  • 725 million Indian Rupee

Awards and Nominations

The Decemberists have been nominated for several awards throughout their career, including:

  • Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album (2011, “The King Is Dead”)
  • Shortlist Music Prize (2005, “Picaresque”)
  • Best Albums of the Year by Pitchfork Media (2005, “Picaresque”)

The band has won several awards, including:

  • Album of the Year by Magnet Magazine (2011, “The King Is Dead”)
  • Album of the Year by Entertainment Weekly (2006, “The Crane Wife”)
  • Song of the Year by Rolling Stone (2006, “O Valencia!”)
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