Wesley Schultz

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Wesley Schultz
Birth nameWesley Keith Shultz
Born(1983-02-18) February 18, 1983 (age 30)
OriginRamsey, New Jersey, United States.
Instrumentsguitar
Years active2005–present
Website[2]
 
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Wesley Schultz
Birth nameWesley Keith Shultz
Born(1983-02-18) February 18, 1983 (age 30)
OriginRamsey, New Jersey, United States.
Instrumentsguitar
Years active2005–present
Website[2]
Wesley Schultz
Wesley Schultz with Jeremiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek in the background.

Wesley Keith Schultz (February 18, 1983)[1] [2] is the guitarist and lead vocalist for the American folk rock band The Lumineers.

Life and career

Schultz grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey.[3] At the time The Lumineers released their first album, their press release highlighted the fact that Schultz, then age 9, had been quoted in a 1992 story in The New York Times.[3] In that story (a profile of Dennis Kobray, who toured elementary schools imitating classical composers as a way to introduce children to classical music), 9-year-old Schultz is quoted as saying: "I spend a lot of time on my drawings and it turns out good 'cause I've been practicing a lot."[4] The implication is that Schultz was creative and knew that he wanted to be an artist of some sort from a young age.

Growing up in Ramsey, Schultz's best friend was Josh Fraites.[5] Fraites died of a drug overdose in 2001, age 19.[5] In the wake of Josh's death, Schultz connected with Josh's younger brother Jeremiah Fraites, a drummer, and the two "found solace in music, writing songs and playing gigs around New York."[6]

Frustrated by their band's limited success in New York, and struggling with the high cost of living, Schultz and Fraites decided to relocate to Denver, where they could dedicate more time to working on their music and touring.[3] Upon arriving in Denver, they placed a Craigslist ad for a classical cellist.[5][6] Neyla Pekarek responded to their ad and ultimately became the third member of The Lumineers.[5][6] The trio spent the next year playing gigs around Denver and touring nationally at their own expense.[5]

In 2012, The Lumineers released their first album, The Lumineers. Two songs from that album (both co-written by Schultz and Fraites) have charted: "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love".

Songwriting credits

YearArtistSongCo-written withU.S. peak
position
U.K. peak
position
2012The Lumineers"Ho Hey"Jeremiah Fraites3[7]8[8]
2012The Lumineers"Stubborn Love"Jeremiah Fraites

References

  1. ^ According to this article, he turns 30 in 2013.
  2. ^ Also, according to this photo [1] Schultz was a "birthday boy" on February 18, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Staff. "The Lumineers: Chasing Big Dreams Out West", NPR, May 26, 2012. Accessed November 14, 2012
  4. ^ Valerie Cruice, "On Tour With a Thoroughly Modern Beethoven", The New York Time, March 15, 1992.
  5. ^ a b c d e McDermott, Maeve. "Meet roots rockers The Lumineers", USA Today, June 24, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c The Lumineers Biography from their website.
  7. ^ Billboard.com
  8. ^ Official Chart Company