In 2006, Bon Jovi established what is now called the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.
The organization helps fund "innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness," according to its website.
During a show in New York in 1983, the band caught the attention of record executive Derek Shulman, who signed them to Poly Gram.
It was Shulman who anglicized John Bongiovi's name to Bon Jovi.
The band later won in 2012 the Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver, Bon Iver.
Vernon left Raleigh, North Carolina, and moved back to Wisconsin.
According to Vernon, it was during this time that the "Bon Iver" moniker first entered his mind; while bedridden with mononucleosis, he began watching the 1990s TV series Northern Exposure on DVD.
got Jon noticed, and he realized that he'd need more than session players if he wanted to capitalize on his success.
Jon gave David a call, who in turn tapped Alec John Such, Tico Torres and guitarist Richie Sambora.
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 isolated in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin.