Passenger (Michael David Rosenberg) was born on 17th May 1984 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He is an English singer-songwriter and musician.
Passenger learned guitar at a young age and at the age of 14- 15 years he began writing songs. He worked as a chef and spent his spare time on writing music and practicing guitar. Michael David dropped out of high school at the age of 16, in order to pursue a career in music and spend his time as a busker in England and Australia.
In 2001 his father introduced him to ex-Faithless member Jamie Catto leading to a two-song spot at the Free Burma Campaign benefit gig at the Royal Court in London in 2002.On that night he met his future writing partner Andrew Phillips and established contact with the IE Music label. Back in Brighton, Phillips and Rosenberg pooled their musical influences (from Simon And Garfunkel to DJ Shadow), and started to write songs at Phillips’ in-house studio in Hove. In 2003 they formed the Mike Rosenberg Band engaging Marcus O’Dair (bass), Alon Cohen (drums) and Richard Brinklow (keyboards) through connections within the Brighton music scene.
In 2003 he founded ‘Passenger’ with Andrew Phillips and Hove. The name of the band was stylised as /Passenger. (with a slash at the beginning and a dot at the end).
The band consisted of Michael Rosenberg, Marcus O’Dair (bass), Alon Cohen (drums) and Richard Brinklow (keyboards). In 2007 they released their debut and only album ‘ Wicked Man’s Rest’. The band broke up in 2009.
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.
In 2009 he released his debut solo album, ‘Wide Eyes Blind Love’. He released his follow up album, ‘Flight of the Crow’ in 2010.
He was born on 17th May 1984 in Brighton, East Sussex, England.
Passenger Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $14 million with an estimated income of $7 million per year.
He stands at 5 Feet 10 Inch.
- 2007: Wicked Man’s Rest- with the band
- 2009: Wide Eyes Blind Love
- 2010: Divers & Submarines
- 2010: Flight of the Crow
- 2012: All the Little Lights
- 2014: Whispers
- 2015: Whispers II
- 2016: Young as the Morning Old as the Sea
- 2017: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Passenger Songs – Passenger Songs List
- Let Her Go
- Heart’s On Fire
- The Wrong Direction
- Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea
- Life’s for the Living
- Beautiful Birds
- Somebody’s Love
- When We Were Young
- If You Go
- Scare Away the Dark
- Golden Leaves
- Keep On Walking
- All the Little Lights
- The Long Road
- Riding To New York
- And I Love Her
- Feather On the Clyde
- Coins In A Fountain
- The Boy Who Cried Wolf
- Staring At the Stars
- Sweet Louise
- Things That Stop You Dreaming
- Patient Love
- Flight Of The Crow
- Shape of Love
- Catch in the Dark
- Fool’s Gold
Passenger Interview with Vancouver Weekly
Vancouver Weekly: I’m just going to ask some questions about you – act as if I don’t even know you. So, who are you and where are you from?
Passenger: Haha okay! I’m Mike aka Passenger aka Mike Rosenberg and I’m from Brighton in the UK, but for the last 5-6 years I’ve just been traveling like a lunatic so I’m not really sure where I’m from anymore!
Vancouver Weekly: Well, you’re very well traveled! Have you been traveling everywhere?
Passenger: Europe and Australia mainly but I’ve just started branching into North America though so it’s really exciting.
Vancouver Weekly: Well, we’re really happy to have you! How long have you been in the music industry?
Passenger: Quite a while. I started performing after school when I was 16 years old and had odd jobs here and there. For the past six, seven years I’ve been focusing just on my music.
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Vancouver Weekly: How did you start with music – did you have any influences as a kid?
Passenger: I learned classical guitar when I was really young and my parents were really encouraging about music so that sort of started the path. When I was about 14-15, I started to write songs, which were absolutely dreadful. But as I kept going the songs became better and better – it was just so bloody obvious that this was what I wanted to do. I never really applied myself in school and music was the only thing I wanted to spend my time doing.
Vancouver Weekly: Describe to me your music – what would you say it is?
Passenger: I guess you could say it’s folk-based. It’s simply a solo guitar with vocals. The music I write is very lyrically arranging from trying to be funny to very sad kind of songs.
Vancouver Weekly: Who would you compare your music to?
Passenger: I don’t ever quite know how to answer that question but I’m heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Neil Young although I’m nowhere near as good as those guys!
Vancouver Weekly: How long have you been touring with Ed Sheeran?
Passenger: Well I’ve known Ed since he was about 15 back when we were in Cambridge and we became really good friends. I started to tour with him on and off for about a year now. It’s really exciting and it’s good for him because he has a mate on the road with him and not just some stranger!
Vancouver Weekly: What would you say is your favorite thing about touring?
Passenger: I love that I get to wake up at a different town every morning and night. I get to meet thousands of people every day. It’s a crazy way of living and I know that each day is different from the other so it certainly keeps things interesting. This tour is looking like it’s going to end for me at around mid-December so it’s quite a stretch – that’s the only downside to it. It’s going really well at the moment and it’s fantastic because that’s what every musician wants. When the opportunity is in front of you, you have to maximize it and there’s no time to relax but I wouldn’t swap it for anything.
Vancouver Weekly: What are your plans after the tour?
Passenger: I’m going to have a month off and spend Christmas with my family for the first time in 4 years. Then after that, I’m going to headline my own shows in the UK and Australia.
Vancouver Weekly: Congratulations, I’m really excited for you! So now tell me about your new album.
Passenger: It’s called All the Little Lights and it’s slightly different than what I’ve done in the past. It has a bigger sound and is much more produced. I’ve made records where it’s been just myself in a room with a guitar and I think with those types of albums the fans get that honestly and truth but I wanted to do something a little bit different. The songs that were written I felt could hold a bigger arrangement – It’s a new kind of folk!
Vancouver Weekly: Tell me something random – what is the most embarrassing song or artist on your iPod/MP3 player at the moment?
Passenger: oh my goodness. I actually got called out on this the other day. I have the Harry Potter Audio books! Do you know who Steven Fry is? He’s this hilarious English comedian and he’s the voice for it. I listen to it before I go to sleep. It just sends me to sleep on the tour bus!
MP: That’s hilarious but also very different because it isn’t anything music related!
Passenger: Yes. My career is now over. [laughs]