Passenger Live: Watch The Billboard Studio Session

Mike Rosenberg of Passenger for Billboard
Caroll Taveras

 Passenger photographed by Caroll Taveras on April 1st in New York.

Check out the "Let Her Go" and "Scare Away The Dark" performances, as well as a Q&A about his new album.

Over the past year, Michael Rosenberg -- the British folk singer-songwriter known as Passenger -- has enjoyed the breakout moment that he has spent a decade working up to, when his tender single "Let Her Go" became a surprise U.S. smash and entered the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart. During a recent visit to New York, Passenger stopped by the Billboard studios to perform "Let Her Go" as well as the new single "Scare Away The Dark," from his forthcoming album "Whispers." Watch "Let Her Go" below:

Passenger, who is a finalist for Top New Artist at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, also talked to Billboard about the surprise success of "Let Her Go," the pressure of following up a hit single and what to expect from "Whispers." Watch the Q&A here:

One of the by-products of having your folk song take over pop radio is to watch the dozens of YouTube covers that come as a result. "It's so unbelievably flattering to have people all over the world singing one of your songs -- a song that I wrote in 45 minutes in a dressing room, at some gig in Australia," says Passenger.

PHOTOS: Behind-The-Scenes at Passenger's Studio Session

Does the singer-songwriter believe that the recent surge in radio-friendly folk music -- from artists like Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers and Of Monsters & Men -- helped "Let Her Go" reached a wider audience? "Without a doubt," he says. "That had a massive part to play. I think even two years ago, 'Let Her Go' would never have been able to do this."

Watch the interview above to hear why Passenger thinks his "Whispers" album, due out June 10, is "the best thing I've done." And check out his performance of "Scare Away The Dark" below:

Like what you hear? Passenger is taking his music on the road during the second half of summer. See the North American tour dates below:

Aug 2       Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Aug 3      Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Aug 5      Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
Aug 6     Washington, DC @ Echostage
Aug 8        Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Aug 10    New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
Aug 13   Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Aug 14  Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Aug 16     Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
Aug 17    Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew Hall
Aug 19    Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Aug 20   Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Center
Aug 22      Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Aug 24    Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Aug 30     Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Aug 31    Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Sept 3    Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Sept 6       Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Sept 7      Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
Sept 9     Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sept 11  Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
Sept 13     Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Sept 14    San Diego, CA @ House of Blues


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