Ever since I heard Joni Mitchell's song, Help Me many years ago, I fell in love with folk-rock music. There have been several folk artists since then that I love but this indie folk-rock singer-songwriter captured my attention wholeheartedly. He is known professionally as Passenger real name, Michael David Rosenberg from Brighton, England. He learned to play the guitar at a young age and started writing songs around age 14. He wasn't very academic and by 16 decided to leave school and became a busker. He traveled throughout England and Australia which was liberating and was able to meet many people. In 2001 he met his writing partner, Andrew Phillips and the two later started the band, Passenger. Unfortunately, they only recorded one album and broke up but Michael Rosenberg decided to keep the band name as his solo stage name. He made his solo debut in 2009 with the album, Wide Eyes Blind Love and has a large following in Australia. In 2013 he won the Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Singer-songwriter and the Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work. There is no denying the talent Passenger has with writing songs that tug at your heartstrings. I'm one of those people that pay close attention to the lyrics of a song and Passenger is one hell of a songwriter. He is also very much involved in charity work and has supported several causes. Passenger has recorded over eleven albums and this past January released his latest, Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted. The album is supporting non-profit groups, Eden Forestation Projects, and Ecologi which aim to rebuild natural landscapes destroyed by deforestation. A tree will be planted for every album sold, please contribute what you can and save our forests. Check out this talented singer-songwriter/guitarist who is now on tour and will be Stateside starting this October. He has a NY show at Townhall on October 27th so be sure to get your tickets. Support independent music and musicians worldwide. Happy listening!
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