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Colin Meloy (October 5 1974 – ) is the lead singer and songwriter for the Portland, Oregon, indie pop band The Decemberists. As of 2005, Meloy has written a still-unreleased musical, and a 100-page novel on The Replacements' fourth album, Let It Be, released as part of the 33 1/3 series.
Meloy was born in Helena, Montana and attended the University of Montana where he majored in English with an emphasis on creative writing. His dream to become a writer was stunted when his sister, Maile Meloy, beat him to it. He then moved to Portland where he met future bandmates Jenny Conlee and Nate Query. Prior to being in The Decemberists, Meloy was the lead singer and songwriter of Tarkio and Happy Cactus, both indie/folk bands from Missoula, Montana.
In early 2005, he embarked on his first solo tour in support of the self-released six-song EP, Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey, which consists of six Morrissey covers. Only 1000 copies of the album were made and they were sold only on this tour. Meloy did a second solo tour in January 2006 playing with Laura Veirs and Amy Annelle. On this tour, he sold an EP featuring covers of British folk a...