Michael David Rosenberg, admirer of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan and member of that brilliant list of British composers of the 21st century that includes James Blunt, Tom Odell or Ed Sheeran, has always managed between the folk rock tradition and the ways of the traditional singer-songwriter.
Something happened when "Let Her Go" was released in 2012. Half the world knew then of a sensitive, traditional yet contemporary British singer-songwriter. The song was nominated for a Brit and took home an Ivor Novello award, and has since carried more than two billion plays on streaming platforms. It alone would justify an entire career. Its author was Michael David Rosenberg, creatively known as Passenger (after the folk rock band he started out in), a young man from Brighton, born in 1984, who admired Paul Simon or Bob Dylan and wanted to follow in the footsteps of James Blunt, David Gray, Tom Odell and other illustrious pop songwriters from his country. It is not surprising, then, that Ed Sheeran accompanies him on the new version of "Let Her Go" that appears on the reissue of "All The Little Lights" (2012), the album that made him famous, for its tenth anniversary. This prolific follower of Arsenal, who also shows points of connection with that generation of folk rockers who led bands like Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men or Noah & The Whale, has already released fourteen albums. His latest work is "Birds That Flew and Ships That Sailed" (2022).