Passenger, live at T In The Park 2014 to end the week.
Initially a band, the band dissolved in 2009 and frontman Michael Rosenberg decided to adopt the name Passenger for himself – and so Passenger the band became Passenger the man.
Rosenberg was born in Brighton, England in 1984 to an English mother and American father. He started taking classical guitar lessons, and by his early teens was writing his own songs. Hoping to pursue a music career, he left school at age 16, and spent several years busking in England and Australia. After he met multi-instrumentalist/producer Andrew Phillips in 2002, the duo formed Passenger, bringing bassist Marcus O’Dair, keyboardist Richard Brincklow, and drummer Alon Cohen on board. In 2007 they released Passenger’s full-length debut, Wicked Man’s Rest, which spawned the single “Walk You Home.”They opened for several high-profile indie acts throughout the U.K. that year, including Kate Nash and the Hold Steady. The following year found the band providing the soundtrack to the film Where Have I Been All Your Life? and performing at the 2008 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
After Phillips left the band in 2009, Rosenberg adopted Passenger as his stage name. In 2010, he released Flight of the Crow, featuring collaborations with such artists as Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, Elana Stone, and others.
In 2012, Rosenberg issued his fifth full-length effort as Passenger, All the Little Lights, which featured a more fully fleshed-out sound. While the album was released in the summer of 2012, it wasn’t until 2013 that the single “Let Her Go” broke through as a hit in Europe, eventually reaching number one in 16 countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, and Belgium. By the end of 2014, “Let Her Go” had garnered a Brit Award nomination for British Single of the Year and won the Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work.
For a reminder of that watershed year, here is his/their show at T In The Park from July 13, 2014.
Get ready for the weekend.