Passenger Joins Nettwerk To Release 'All The Little Lights' On Aug. 28; Fall Tour With Ed Sheeran Confirmed
"Rosenberg’s voice shimmers…” –- Rolling Stone Australia
UK-born, adopted Australian son Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) has signed to Nettwerk Records and will release his latest, already critically-lauded album, All The Little Lights, in North America on August 28, 2012. Additionally, the album’s lead single, “The Wrong Direction,” is available today in iTunes; the single comes bundled as a 4-track EP, and includes two acoustic songs (“Life’s for the Living” and “Feather On the Clyde”) as well as a live performance of fan favorite “I Hate” (Live from The Borderline London).
Recorded at Linear Studios in Sydney (Empire of the Sun and Josh Pyke), All The Little Lights is the most accomplished Passenger record to date. “It’s very different to [the last album] Flight Of The Crow,” says Rosenberg. “This one is a bigger production and a bit more modern sounding.” Sydney’s Sunday Herald Sun agrees, calling the album “a revelation” and adding, “Passenger has impressively travelled in a bolder direction to achieve a mature new album. (4/5 stars)”
Passenger just wrapped up the UK leg of his headline tour in support of All The Little Lights, which included sold-out dates in London, Brighton, Manchester, Cambridge, Southampton and Glasgow. From June 13 – July 15, he’ll be touring Europe for the first time in his career, and has already sold-out shows in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. This fall, Passenger support Ed Sheeran on his North American and UK tour dates, starting September 17th in Toronto. (Full list of North American dates below.)
Passenger began in the UK as a five-piece band with the big money label behind it in the early 2000s. They released a critically acclaimed debut album (Wicked Man’s Rest) but when the members of that band chose to go their separate ways in 2007, Rosenberg opted to stick with the Passenger moniker and trust in his music, his voice and his guitar to take him where it would. He took to the streets and discovered not only that the experience enormous fun, but it also proved empowering.
“The busking pays for everything really,” Mike admits. “It’s crazy. I’ve funded my last four records basically from busking.. It’s an amazing thing to have stumbled upon because it is the dilemma for every musician – how do I put a hundred percent of myself into my music, whilst keeping myself together? It’s not a new problem – it’s always been the case – but you find something like busking, which you can still do; while you’re making money you can play your songs and hopefully further your fan base – it’s ideal really.”
In search of sunnier climates, Rosenberg headed to Australia in 2009. In only 18 months, he went from busking on Australia's street corners to selling out venues across the country and supporting major artists like Ed Sheeran, John Butler Trio, Angus & Julia Stone and more. Mike is a modern day troubadour whose constant touring in both hemispheres has seen him win over scores of fans.
Passenger tour dates with Ed Sheeran:
Mon, Sept 17 Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
Tues, Sept 18 Montreal, QC @ Olympia de Montreal
Wed, Sept 19 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Fri, Sept 21 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sat, Sept 22 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Sun, Sept 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Tues, Sept 25 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Wed, Sept 26 Minneapolis, MN @ The State Theatre
Fri, Sept 28 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
Mon, Oct 1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Tues, Oct 2 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Thur, Oct 4 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Fri, Oct 5 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sat, Oct 6 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
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