Passenger Releases New Version of “Let Her Go” featuring Ed Sheeran
British indie folk singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg, aka Passenger teamed up with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to release a new version of “Let Her Go” along with a music video on November 10, 2023.
The song is featured on a special 10th anniversary edition of his fourth studio album “All The Little Lights”.
The original version of the album was released in 2012 with 12 songs, and the deluxe edition with 20 songs was released in 2013.
The original version of “Let Her Go” was released as the second single from the album in 2012.
The album “All The Little Lights” became Platinum disc in the UK and the US. The original version of “Let Her Go” reached No. 2 on the UK Singles chart and No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
This time, Passenger re-recorded the album, along with guest appearances from Ed Sheeran, Foy Vance, Gabrielle Aplin, and Nina Nesbitt.
“Where do I begin... it's a truly life-altering song. Four minutes of music that shifted my trajectory entirely. It's so big that I think of my career in two sections - before and after 'Let Her Go.' People often ask me if I knew I'd written a hit straight away after writing it. The honest truth is I didn't. I'd written so many songs up until that point that I had been excited by, but nothing had ever come of them, so by this stage, I had genuinely stopped thinking in those terms.”
He continued, “I vividly remember writing it. It was early 2011, and I was out on a regional tour of Australia playing tiny rooms to a handful of people each night. I remember walking into a venue dressing room, picking up my guitar and playing the opening riff like I'd written it years ago, like I'd played it before. Like it had always been there. I don't think I've had many other moments like that.”
He added, “A massive part of the song's success is down to Ed Sheeran. If he hadn't have taken me around the world as his opening act in the year leading up to the song blowing up, then it simply wouldn't have happened. I owe him an awful lot - he has championed me and opened doors that were securely locked. He's an incredibly kind and thoughtful person that somehow finds time and energy to lift others up around him even though he carries the world on his shoulders. He's a constant inspiration and a fierce friend.”
He said, So, “when it came to rerecording this song, there was only ever going to be one person that I'd want to duet on it. I'm sure some people will see this collaboration and assume that it's for commercial opportunity and of course they're right - it's no bad thing to have one of the biggest stars in the world sing on one of my songs!! But like the other three collaborators on this album, there is a genuine and undeniable link that he has had to Passenger over the years and to this song in particular. I'm grateful to 'Let Her Go' beyond words. Not just for its success, but for the opportunity to reach people all over the world, just for four minutes, and make some kind of small difference. What an amazing thing.”
Ed Sheeran said, “I remember touring with Passenger in 2011 and having him play me Let Her Go … before we went on stage. I knew then how special it was, but couldn't have guessed how insanely massive it would be. It's an honor to sing the re-recorded version of the song with Mike 10 years on, such a long lasting friendship that's gone from empty pubs for both of us together to where we are now.”
Photo by Zak Walters
- source : Apple Music