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Friday 30 October 2020

Street Corners To Stadiums: Brighton-Based Passenger Is Set To Release New Album Songs For The Drunk & Broken Hearted

Brighton singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known as Passenger,  will release his new studio album Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, at the start of 2021.

The majority of the fortcoming album was written when Rosenberg was newly single. 

"Coming out of a break-up creates such a fragile window," he reflects. 

"You're incredibly vulnerable for a few months. You're so used to the safety of being with somebody and suddenly you"re out in the world on your own

"And you get pissed and probably make some bad decisions. 

"In some ways, you make it worse for yourself. 

"But it's a heady moment, losing love and being drunk. And it's universal. Everyone goes through it at some stage."
The accompanying music video for new single A Song for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, sees Passenger and his bandmates dressed as downhearted clowns playing to a room of the drunk and broken hearted.  

"This video was so much fun to make," Rosenberg says. 

"I"m a huge fan of 'The Joker,' and as the lyrics in the chorus of the song mention 'jokers and "jesters,' it felt like the perfect opportunity to dress up like a clown and freak everyone out. 

"The idea of setting it in a really grim and depressing bar room environment really helps bring out the story within the song." 

Hailing from Brighton, Passenger is a multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. 

Although still known for his busking, he long ago made the journey from street corners to stadiums, thanks most notably to Let Her Go, which reached number one in nineteen countries and is approaching three billion plays on YouTube.

He has also committed to perform a one-off, intimate show at Komedia Brighton to raise money for independent grassroots music venues as part of the Passport: Back to Our Roots project. 

A spokesperson for Komedia Brighton said:

"We can't really thank Michael enough for choosing to perform at Komedia. 

"He's already been so kind mentioning us at length in one of his lockdown streams, which really helped our crowdfunder so to now come and perform for us is just ace. 

"We can't wait to be open again and able to work at full capacity. 

"This one will be special and we pray it can happen sooner rather than later."

Pre-order Passenger's 'Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted' (which is due for release on 8th January 2021) HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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