The Paper Kites
The last year or so has certainly been a wild and wonderful ride for Passenger, aka Mike Rosenberg: from years dedicated to busking the streets of towns and cities across the globe, to sudden worldwide recognition with his international hit "Let Her Go." Long before Passenger's unmistakable voice unexpectedly found a home on mainstream radio waves around the world, thanks in large part to his breakthrough track "Let Her Go" (a #1 chart-topper in 16 countries), Rosenberg was committed to taking his music to the people literally one street at a time. When the Brighton UK-born artist's band broke up in 2007, Rosenberg inadvertently set about forging his own musical path as a genuine troubadour. He held onto the band's name, Passenger, and began travelling from town to town, across countries and continents, armed with only his guitar and his voice and a swag of unique songs. He played them to whoever would listen, wherever, and for whatever loose change they might be willing to spare.
Ed Sheeran has played a great part in helping introduce Passenger to the international mainstream -- the pair played dozens of shows together across Europe, Australia and North America. As a result, "All The Little Lights" has now achieved Top 10 chart status in over a dozen countries, while "Let Her Go" has topped the 2.5 million mark in global sales, as well as over 78 million YouTube hits so far.