Bon Iver ( /boʊn iːˈvɛər/ bone-ee-VARE ) is a Grammy award-winning American folk band founded in 2007 by indie folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. The band also includes Michael Noyce, Sean Carey and Matthew McCaughan. Vernon released Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. Bon Iver won the 2012 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver, Bon Iver. The name Bon Iver is derived from the French phrase bon hiver (French pronunciation: [bɔn‿ivɛːʁ]), meaning "good winter", taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure.