- 02:56 PM, Jan 12
Passenger was born Michael Rosenberg on 17 May 1984 in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, England to an English mother and an American father. He learned classical guitar at a young age, and he started writing songs at around 14-15. He later left school to pursue a career in the music industry. "I dropped out of school at 17 'cause all I wanted to do was play music. I had odd jobs on the side of gigging until I turned 22, when I was lucky to start doing this full time. I believe it's important to put all of your energy into what you're doing rather than doing an office job and trying to muster up energy for music. It's been a real blessing to play music full time," he said.
Rosenberg then met Andrew Phillips and they co-founded a band named Passenger in 2003. Working out of Phillips' studio, the duo recorded the songs that would become "Wicked Man's Rest", Passenger's debut and only album. The record, which songs were mostly written by Rosenberg, was released on ChalkMark in 2007 and spawned several singles, including "Wicked Man's Rest", "Walk You Home", "Do What You Like" and "Table for One". Passenger opened up for several high-profile indie acts throughout the U.K. that year, including Kate Nash and The Hold Steady. The following year found the band providing the soundtrack to film "Where Have I Been All Your Life?" and performing at the 2008 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.