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Go the Distance

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Passenger (songwriter)

Michael David Rosenberg (born 17 May 1984), better known by his stage name Passenger, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Previously the main vocalist and songwriter of Passenger, Rosenberg opted to keep the band’s name for his solo work after the band dissolved in 2009. In 2012, he released the song “Let Her Go“, which topped the charts in 16 countries and accumulated more than 3.2 billion views on YouTube; it is the most-viewed Australian YouTube video of all time.[1][2] In 2014, the song was nominated for the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work.[3]

Passenger

Rosenberg performing in 2013Background informationBirth nameMichael David RosenbergBorn17 May 1984 (age 38)
Brighton, EnglandGenres

Occupation(s)

  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician

Instruments

  • Vocals
  • guitar

Years active2003–presentLabels

Websitepassengermusic.com

Personal life

Rosenberg currently lives in Brighton.[4] He is a fan of English football club Arsenal F.C. In a 2021 interview, he said he became an Arsenal supporter despite being from Brighton after watching Arsenal beating Sheffield Wednesday F.C. in the FA Cup Final in 1993.[39] In May 2015, Rosenberg appeared at Arsenal’s ‘A Night to Inspire’ event and played a version of the ’49 Undefeated’ fan chant.[40]

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

Music career

Early years

Rosenberg did his first performance when he was 16.[citation needed] Rosenberg’s father, a film production worker, introduced him to former member of the band FaithlessJamie Catto, in 2001; this led to Rosenberg getting a two-song spot at the Free Burma Campaign benefit gig at the Royal Court in London in 2002.[9] On the night, Rosenberg met his future writing partner Andrew Phillips and established contact with the IE Music label.[citation needed] Back in Brighton, Phillips and Rosenberg pooled their musical influences (from Simon & Garfunkel to DJ Shadow), and started to write songs at Phillips’ in-house studio in Hove.[citation needed] 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.[10]

2003–2009: Passenger

Main article: Passenger (British band)

Rosenberg founded the band Passenger with Andrew Phillips in 2003 in Brighton and Hove.[citation needed] The name of the band was stylised as /Passenger. (with a slash at the beginning and a dot at the end).[citation needed] The five-person band’s only album, Wicked Man’s Rest, was released in 2007, on Chalkmark.[11] Rosenberg wrote the majority of the album’s tracks, with the exception of “Four Horses”, which was written by Phillips.[citation needed] The band broke up in 2009.[citation needed]

2009–2010: Solo career and Wide Eyes Blind LoveDivers and Submarines and Flight of the Crow

After the break-up of Passenger, Rosenberg kept the band’s name as his personal stage name, and took to busking for a solo music career. In October 2009 he went to Australia, where he supported acts such as Lior and Sydneysiders Elana Stone and Brian Campeau.[citation needed] He then played at One Movement, a major music industry-focused festival in Perth.[citation needed] This earned him a following in Australia and he was selling out 500-seater venues across Australia.[citation needed] His debut solo album, Wide Eyes Blind Love, was released in 2009.[citation needed] It was produced and mixed by former bandmate Andrew Phillips, who also provided backing vocals, and played guitar and other instruments, and featured vocals by Isobel Anderson.[citation needed] Rosenberg also played various shows in the United Kingdom during this time,[when?] including a support slot for Turin Brakes‘ tenth anniversary show at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.[citation needed]

Rosenberg produced a fans-only limited release Divers and Submarines, again supported by former bandmate Andrew Phillips and vocalist Isobel Anderson.[citation needed] His third studio album, Flight of the Crow, was recorded in Australia[12] and saw him joined in the studio by various Australian independent musical talents including LiorKate Miller-HeidkeBoy & BearJosh Pyke and Katie Noonan.[citation needed

2011–2013: All The Little Lights

Main article: All the Little Lights

Rosenberg’s fourth album, All the Little Lights, was released in the summer of 2012 in North America on Nettwerk Records.[13] Recorded at Linear Recording in Sydney, Rosenberg worked with a core Australian band that included Boy & Bear drummer Tim Hart, jazz bassist Cameron Undy, and keyboards player Stu Hunter, from Katie Noonan and The Captains.[14][better source needed] During the summer and autumn of 2012, Rosenberg toured the UK, opening for Jools Holland and Ed Sheeran, the latter of whom he had known since Sheeran was about 15 while living in Cambridge.[4] He joined Australian acts the John Butler Trio, and Josh Pyke with a co-headlined UK tour.[citation needed] He also opened for Ed Sheeran’s 2012 North American tour[15] and also in Paris. He also opened for Ed Sheeran on four of his five sell-out dates in Ireland in January 2013 and in Australia and New Zealand in early 2013,[16] and supported Sheeran in his Brighton dates and in Reading.[17] Rosenberg performed “All the Little Lights” at the Children in Need Rocks concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, broadcast on BBC One on 14 November 2013..[18]

2014–2015: Whispers and Whispers II

Main articles: Whispers and Whispers II

On 24 March 2014, Rosenberg unveiled “Whispers”, the title track of his new album, as part of his set at the Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London where he also performed alongside Ed Sheeran.[19] On 26 March 2014 Rosenberg announced details of his fifth studio album.[citation needed] He released Whispers on 9 June 2014.[citation needed] Talking to Digital Spy about the album, he said: “This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made, it’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some sombre moments about loneliness and death but hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those”. He released “Hearts on Fire” as the album’s lead single on 14 April 2014.[20]

Rosenberg recorded Whispers II at the same time as recording Whispers.[citation needed] Whispers II was released on 20 April 2015.[citation needed] All profits from the album go to the UNICEF UK initiative to help children in Liberia.[21]

2016–2017: Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea and The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Main articles: Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea and The Boy Who Cried Wolf

On 16 June 2016, the music video for “Somebody’s Love” was uploaded to his YouTube channel, thereby announcing his seventh album, Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea.[citation needed] A second track from the album, “Anywhere” was released on 19 August 2016.[citation needed] Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea was released on 23 September 2016, and became Passenger’s first UK number one album.[22]

On 25 July 2017, at the end of his Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea tour, Rosenberg announced via the Passenger Facebook page that his performance on Sunday 23 July would be “my/our last gig for a while”.[23] The following day, he announced that his eighth album, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, would be released two days later on 28 July 2017.[citation needed] The album was announced with a livestream of the album performed live in its entirety, broadcast from Passenger’s studio simultaneously to YouTube and Facebook.[citation needed] The album charted at number 5 in the Official UK Charts.[24]

2018: Runaway

Main article: Runaway

 18 May 2018, Passenger released the song “Hell or High Water”.[25] It was recorded in a variety of different national parks across UtahNevadaArizona and California[26] In the following days, he also announced an autumn European tour [27] and teased fans through social media with a cover for a new album.[28]

Passenger during his Runaway Tour performing Let Her Go in BogotaColombia

On 25 May 2018, he formally announced his ninth studio album, Runaway, and released a live acoustic version of “Hell or High Water” recorded in Venice, Los Angeles.[29] Passenger described Runaway as a concept album, as he realised many of the songs had a strong sense of Americana.[citation needed] He also believed the songs would work well accompanied by American visuals and thus, alongside long-time collaborators Jarrad Seng, Stu Larsen and Chris Vallejo, embarked on a three-week-long road trip through the United States to film videos for each track.[citation needed] Additionally, they recorded acoustic videos for each track, filmed in a variety of different locations.[citation needed] Rosenberg plans to release a song every three weeks, sharing both the official and acoustic videos, plus behind-the-scenes footage.[26] Runaway was released on 31 August 2018.[citation needed]

2019–2020: Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing at AllPatchwork and world tour

On 18 March 2019, Passenger released the song “Restless Wind” on YouTube.[citation needed] Two more songs, “Helplessly Lost” and “Paper Cut, Chinese Burn,” were subsequently released a month later, as well as a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Landslide“.[citation needed] On 2 May 2019, Passenger both announced and released his tenth album, Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing at All.[citation needed] Unlike more recent Passenger albums, the record is arranged entirely for vocals, acoustic guitar and a string quartet.[citation needed] All the profits from sales will be donated to Shelter, a UK-based homeless charity.[30]

At the end of January, Passenger announced a world tour including dates in the UK, Europe, Australia, North America, and New Zealand.[31] On 20 March 2020, he announced and released his new single “The Way That I Love You” with a video.[32] On 1 May 2020, he released his new single “London In The Spring”.[33] On 10 July 2020, Passenger released his eleventh album Patchwork. The album was written and recorded during the coronavirus lockdown alongside producer Chris Vallejo and guest musicians Andrew Phillips (a collaborator of Rosenberg’s and formerly of the band Passenger) and Richard Brinklow.[34] The record was released as a funding project for The Trussell Trust, an NGO and charity that works to end the need for food banks in the UK.[35]

2020–2021: Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted

On 8 January 2021, Passenger released Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted. The record was supposed to be released by early 2020, but later delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown. The record’s release supports both Ecologi and Eden Reforestation Projects, non-profit organisations aiming to rebuild natural landscapes destroyed by deforestation. A tree will be planted for every physical copy of the album sold via the Passenger store.[36]

2022: Birds That Flew and Ships That Sailed

On April 14 2022, Passenger released his 14th studio album, Birds That Flew and Ships That Sailed. The album was released independently, without a record label or a press team.[37] The record release supports Plastic Bank, a social enterprise that combats plastic pollution in the ocean.[citation needed] The record debuted at Number 35 on the Official UK Albums Chart, marking Passenger’s 8th album to enter the UK Top 40.[38]

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Skitmaker and content creator, Joshua Alfred better known as Josh2funny has showered love on his woman, Bina taste as she clocks a new age. The skitmaker described his wife as the most beautiful thing that happened to his entire existence. Praying for her to live longer, Josh2funny appreciated her for loving him and believing in all the…

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Reset Button

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The History Of Queen Elizabeth’s Top-Secret Balmoral Tweed

From June 2 to 5, the United Kingdom will observe the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking the 70th anniversary of her ascension to the throne in 1952. During that time, the queen has issued 686 royal warrants to firms supplying or servicing the royal family, including a 1955 warrant to cloth-maker John G. Hardy to supply the tweed used to outfit estate workers at her Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Sixty-seven years later, that legendary Balmoral tweed is still being spun for the royals, although it is now supplied by Hardy Minnis, which was forged by the merger of John G. Hardy and fellow wool merchant J&J Minnis in the 1960s (today, Hardy Minnis is itself a subsidiary of Huddersfield Fine Worsteds). And though it’s been in production nearly long enough to earn a Platinum Jubilee of its own, the cloth remains shrouded in mystery. As per its special status, the Balmoral tweed is not available to the public, and is closely guarded at Huddersfield’s Yorkshire headquarters—even sharing an image of the cloth is strictly prohibited. But in conversation with Robb Report, Huddersfield managing director Iain Milligan was able to shine a little light on the monarchical fabric. According to Milligan, the cloth—which is designed, spun and finished in Yorkshire—is a “very subtle glen check” whose colours are pulled directly from Balmoral Castle’s 50,000-acre estate, making for a kind of pre-modern camouflage. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visiting the John G. Hardy mill in 1950, two years before her coronation. “It’s all about being able to be on the estate, hunt and not be seen by the grouse,” Milligan says of its practical applications, adding that it is typically worn by the property’s gamekeepers and finished in a heavy, 19-ounce weight. “It has to keep you warm and dry in the Scottish Highlands in the worst of weather.” While outfitting your staff in a specially spun tweed sounds rather…royal, it was a local custom long before Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Castle in 1852. “In the Scottish Highlands, every estate wanted to have their own tweed,” Milligan continues. “They were of all different varieties, but it was a way of showing your wealth and showing that the people on the estate worked for you and were a part of that estate, so it was about identification as much as anything.” Now, as then, you don’t need a royal title or even an estate to commission your own fabric. Huddersfield hosts its own design department and will work with clients to create custom-woven cloths. Those interested in engaging the service can reach out through the mill’s contact page, where they will be put in touch with Milligan directly and begin the process of designing their fabric, which can materialise as a sample swatch in one to two weeks. Once a satisfactory sample has been approved, a run of the custom cloth in as little as three meters—just enough to make a single suit—can be produced in eight weeks. Workers at the Hardy mill circa 1950 and today. Milligan estimates that a half-dozen custom cloths are produced each year, for clients ranging from members of the Saudi Royal Family to Japanese cycling clubs. But if you don’t feel that the custom route is within your reach (or needs), you can get a taste of what the Balmoral tweed is like via Hardy Minnis’s Alsport collection. The book of heavyweight fabrics was introduced around the same time as the Balmoral tweed, and Milligan describes its contents as being comparable in weight and feel to the royal fabric (so much so, that Alsport fabrics were featured in The Crown). But ultimately, every bolt of fabric made by Huddersfield Fine Worsteds carries the royal seal of approval, whether its end destination is Balmoral Castle or your own closet. “We’re the only cloth merchant with a royal warrant,” Milligan says. “It does bring prestige into the markets that know about it.”

The History Of Queen Elizabeth’s Top-Secret Balmoral Tweed

Matthew Mercury’s exclusive men’s and women’s luxury watches attain massive momentum in the luxury watch industry.

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Blogging Advice #6. Tips for increasing your views

o life, so finding ways to grow traffic towards your blog is always relevant to think about. The key though, is making sure it’s right for you. Traffic will naturally increase on its own, but that can sometimes be a slow process (really really slow sometimes). Still, there are ways for you to give it a boost on your own and that’s what I’m learning now. Just remember though that traffic also naturally increases the more time and effort you put into your blog, and please be aware that my tips are not a quick fix and they don’t work for everyone. These are just things I’ve found to help me but you know your blog best so always remember to adapt tips so that they fit you and your blog. 

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