Passenger’s current album ‘Songs For The Drunk and Broken Hearted’ debuted at #2 when it was released in January, making it the second highest-charting set of his career to date and has accumulated over 25 million streams in just two months. Its success has been intensified by its recent single ‘Sword From The Stone’, which has so far exceeded 10 millionstreams.
That popularity has been maintained with the help of the song’s Gingerbread Mix, courtesy of Passenger’s friend and former touring companion Ed Sheeran. This version has hit the Radio 2 A-list, while building international airplay with 20,000 plays across 60 countries. It’s also proving to be a hit in the States, where it’s approaching the Top 20 on the Adult Alternative Airplay and Hot AC charts following Passenger’s debut performance on Jimmy Kimmel.
Passenger, real name Mike Rosenberg, now follows ‘Sword From The Stone’ by sharing his new single ‘What You’re Waiting For’, along with an official lyric video. Watch HERE.
‘What You’re Waiting For’ offers a subtle stylistic shift in Passenger’s sound. Operating in the wilderness between a rasp and a whisper, his vocal continues to have the intimacy of a shared secret, yet it’s set to indie / alternative rock with an ‘80s edge that echoes R.E.M. or The Smiths. That introspection also feeds into the lyrics, which use Passenger’s own experiences as a launchpad for a more universal emotion.
“I’d got to a point in my life where I should be really happy, but there was something that I still wasn’t content with,” he confesses. “We’re all taught to strive for certain things, like a good job, a big house and lots of money. But if and when we get there, we’re surprised that it doesn’t make us happy. I think everything that’s happened over the last year has highlighted that, and we’ve all started to realise what’s important and what actually makes us happy.”

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