Passenger (singer)

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Passenger
Mike Rosenberg performing at Southampton Brook music venue in January 2013 4.JPG
Passenger, performing at Southampton Brook music venue in January 2013
Background information
Birth nameMichael David Rosenberg
Born(1984-05-17) 17 May 1984 (age 29)[1][2]
OriginBrighton and Hove, England, United Kingdom
GenresFolk rock
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2003–2009: with the band Passenger
2009–present: solo singer-songwriter Passenger
LabelsBlack Crow (2012–Present)
Associated actsPassenger
Websitehttp://passengermusic.com/
 
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Passenger
Mike Rosenberg performing at Southampton Brook music venue in January 2013 4.JPG
Passenger, performing at Southampton Brook music venue in January 2013
Background information
Birth nameMichael David Rosenberg
Born(1984-05-17) 17 May 1984 (age 29)[1][2]
OriginBrighton and Hove, England, United Kingdom
GenresFolk rock
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2003–2009: with the band Passenger
2009–present: solo singer-songwriter Passenger
LabelsBlack Crow (2012–Present)
Associated actsPassenger
Websitehttp://passengermusic.com/

Michael David Rosenberg (born 17 May 1984), better known by his stage name Passenger, is an English folk-rock singer-songwriter. Previously the main vocalist and songwriter of Passenger, Rosenberg opted to keep the band's name for his solo work after the band dissolved in 2009. His most successful single, "Let Her Go", has topped the charts in many countries.

Personal life[edit]

Rosenberg was born in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, England, to an English mother and an American father, Gerard Rosenberg, originally from Vineland, New Jersey.[3][4] His father's family is Jewish.[5] Rosenberg learned classical guitar at a young age, and around 14-15 started to write songs. He did not apply himself at school in Brighton, spending his time on music. Rosenberg still lives in Brighton.[6]

Music career[edit]

2003–2009: Passenger[edit]

Rosenberg did his first performance when he was 16. He founded Passenger with Andrew Phillips in 2003 in Brighton and Hove. The five-person band's debut and only album, Wicked Man's Rest, was released in 2007, on Chalkmark.[7] Rosenberg wrote the majority of the album's tracks, with the exception of "Four Horses", which was written by Phillips. The band broke up in 2009.

2009–10: Solo career and Wide Eyes Blind Love[edit]

After the break-up of Passenger, Rosenberg kept the stage-name Passenger and took to busking for a solo music career. He first took his act in October 2009 to Australia, where he supported acts such as Lior and Sydneysiders Elana Stone and Brian Campeau, and then played One Movement, a major music industry-focus festival in Perth. This earned him a big following in Australia and he was selling out 500-seater venues across Australia. His debut solo album, Wide Eyes Blind Love, was released in 2009.

2010–11: Flight of the Crow[edit]

The follow-up album, Flight of the Crow, was recorded in Australia[8] and saw him joined in the studio by various Australian independent musical talents including Lior, Kate Miller-Heidke, Boy & Bear, Josh Pyke and Katie Noonan, in addition to a fans-only limited release Divers and Submarines.

2011–present: All The Little Lights[edit]

On his next album, recorded at Sydney's Linear Recording, Rosenberg was joined once again by a core Australian band that included Boy & Bear drummer Tim Hart, jazz bassist Cameron Undy, and keyboards player Stu Hunter, from Katie Noonan & The Captains.[9] During the summer and autumn of 2012, Rosenberg toured around the UK, opening for Jools Holland and Ed Sheeran, whom he had known since Sheeran was about 15 back when they were in Cambridge and became really good friends.[6] He also joined Australian acts the John Butler Trio, and Josh Pyke with a co-headlined UK tour. He also opened for Ed Sheeran's 2012 North American tour [10] and also in Paris. All The Little Lights was released in summer of 2012 in North America on Nettwerk Records.[11] He also opened for Ed Sheeran on his four out of five sell out dates in Ireland in January 2013 and in Australia and New Zealand in early 2013,[12] and supported Sheeran in his Brighton dates and in Reading [13] Rosenberg performed "All the Little Lights" at the Children in Need Rocks concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, broadcast on BBC One on 14 November.[14]

Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
UK
[18]
AUS
[19]
AUT
[20]
BEL
(FL)

[21]
DEN
[22]
GER
[23]
IRL
[24]
NLD
[25]
NZ
[26]
SWI
[27]
Wide Eyes Blind Love
Divers & Submarines
  • Released: 30 June 2010
  • Label: Passenger
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Flight of the Crow
  • Released: 24 September 2010
  • Labels: Passenger, Inertia
  • Formats: CD, digital download
All the Little Lights
  • Released: 24 February 2012
  • Labels: Black Crow
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3267962395
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
UK
[18]
AUS
[19]
AUT
[20]
BEL
(FL)

[21]
GER
[33]
NLD
[34]
NZ
[26]
SWE
[35]
SWI
[27]
US
[36]
"The Wrong Direction"20129128All the Little Lights
"Let Her Go"2111111115
"Holes"201392202362483470
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Passenger, a.k.a. Mike Rosenberg, grateful for Ed Sheeran’s support Toronto Star
  2. ^ "Twitter / passengermusic: Thank you all so much for my birthday messages xxx im having a lovely day thanks!! Manchester - you were". Twitter. 17 May 12. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  3. ^ Brits Are Here - Philly.com
  4. ^ Passenger’s Mike Rosenberg tackles dark subjects with a light touch. The Washington Post.
  5. ^ "Passenger Says Stage Name's More "Mysterious" and "Interesting" than His Actual Name". ABC Radio.
  6. ^ a b "Passenger, a.k.a. Mike Rosenberg, grateful for Ed Sheeran’s support". The Star. Retrieved 28 December 2013
  7. ^ Aston, Martin. "Passenger. Wicked Man's Rest", The Times, p. 24. (15 September 2007)
  8. ^ . "Double date – troubadour brings travelling tales to city", Bath Chronicle, p. 46. (18 August 2011)
  9. ^ "Passenger - About". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  10. ^ Vancouver Weekly: Interview by Maria Perez with Passenger (Mike Rosenberg)
  11. ^ "All The Little Lights North America Release Date". 
  12. ^ "Ed Sheeran - UK (Belfast) and Ireland (Dublin) Tour Diary". 
  13. ^ 10/19/12
  14. ^ "Line up". Children in Need Rocks. BBC. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "12th Annual Independent Music Awards Winners Announced!" Independent Music Awards, 11 June 2013. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.
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  17. ^ "Passenger". BRITs Profile.
  18. ^ a b "Passenger". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Discography Passenger". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Discographie Passenger". austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Discografie Passenger". ultratop.be (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Discography Passenger". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Passenger / Longplay". musicline.de. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "Discography Passenger". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Discography Passenger". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Discography Passenger". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "Discography Passenger". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "Certified Awards" (enter "Passenger" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  30. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: Passenger" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  31. ^ a b "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Passenger)". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Passenger – All the Little Lights". Music Canada. 
  33. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Passenger / Single". musicline.de. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  34. ^ "Top 40-artiest: Passenger" (select individual songs for chart information) (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  35. ^ "Discography Passenger". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  36. ^ "Passenger – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  37. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  38. ^ "Goud en Platina – 2013". ultratop.be (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  39. ^ "Passenger – Let Her Go" (in Swedish). Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  40. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Passenger". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  41. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 29 April 2013". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

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