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Passenger on the advantages of being a 'grizzled road dog' before scoring a hit

Passenger frontman Michael Rosenberg discusses his rise to fame with his hit single, 'Let Her Go,' and what it's like to perform to bigger audiences now.
Passenger and Tom Power in the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Melody Lau/CBC)

In 2012, after years of performing small gigs and even busking, Passenger scored his first big hit with "Let Her Go." 

Songwriter Michael Rosenberg was admittedly a "grizzled road dog" by then but he sees that as an advantage as opposed to people who strike success immediately with little experience under their belts. 

Hit with that success, Rosenberg definitely felt the pressure to deliver another hit and, as he says, "turn into Elton John," but those expectations derailed his songwriting. "When I wrote 'Let Her Go,' I didn't do anything special, I just wrote a song," he says. "It happened to be poignant and connect with so many people, but I think the worst thing you can do is to try to do it again because you end up making music by committee."

Tune in today to hear Rosenberg discuss more about his career. He even performs a song with host, Tom Power, which you can watch below! 

— Produced by Mitch Pollock

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