Sometimes life changes forever in a single moment. But that doesn't mean this change will happen overnight. Crucial changes are often preceded by thousands of days. Passenger, known for his hit “Let Her Go”, can tell you a thing or two about this.
Ten years after the release of the song and its accompanying album "All The Little Lights," singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, is celebrating this milestone with a tour. The album was groundbreaking and transformed Passenger's life from a busker who played his music on every corner for years into an internationally recognized artist.
The platinum-selling global hit "Let Her Go" has since been streamed more than two billion times and viewed 3.6 billion times on YouTube, and remains the most Shazamed pop song of all time. Rosenberg has provided spectacular performances over the years from small street performances to large stadium shows. His artistic consistency and authenticity on and off stage have earned him a worldwide fan base. But that was not always so.
When Mike Rosenberg turned nine, his parents gave him a guitar for Christmas, and he began writing his own songs as a teenager. He left school at 17 to pursue music full-time because he knew that would be his path in life. Between jobs in kitchens and on construction sites, he performed in every bar that offered him a stage. In 2007, he released his debut album "Wicked Man's Rest" with his band Passenger, but although it was well received by critics, it did not meet commercial expectations and led to the band's dissolution.
Amid personal and professional turmoil, he eventually ended up back at his parents' house and began playing on the streets and in bars again, where he found that people were listening to him and his songs. This was a turning point for him that made him realize: Music is all about the songs, the singer, the audience and the togetherness. That moment changed his life, and he celebrates that moment today.
Passenger recorded "All The Little Lights" in new arrangements, with duet guests including Ed Sheeran, who sings his smash hit with him. But of course the Passengers Tour in the summer is about celebrating the music live.