Posted 02 May 2019
Chart-topping artist Passenger donates all profits from his new album to Shelter
Award-winning musician Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg) has announced that 100% of the profits from his exciting new album Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All will be donated to Shelter.
With 65,000 families, including 131,000 children, homeless in Britain right now, Mike has chosen to use the proceeds from his ten-track LP – released today – to help fund the charity’s vital Family Support Services.
Operating in seven locations across the country, the Family Support Services work intensively with hundreds of homeless families every year to help them overcome both the immediate and underlying causes of homelessness.
Commenting on the collaboration Mike said: “When I started out, I spent a lot of time busking around the UK and in Brighton where I live, which really opened my eyes to the number of people forced to sleep rough. So, I was even more shocked when Shelter told me about the thousands of homeless families out there, hidden from view in hostels and emergency B&Bs. It’s made me realise how lucky I am to have a safe place to call home – something everyone should have – so this donation is something I could do to help in a small way.”
To mark the album release, Mike dropped into Shelter’s flagship charity store at Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, where he met staff, as well as Francesca whose family was homeless and helped by the charity. During his visit he also played the title track from the new album, live for the very first time.
Polly Neate, chief executive at Shelter, said: “We are incredibly excited that Passenger has chosen to support Shelter through this very special partnership, which will see 100% of the profits go towards funding our vital Family Support Services.
“With 131,000 homeless children living Britain today, this is a crisis that simply cannot be ignored. The proceeds from Passenger’s album will help our dedicated support workers to find safe, secure homes for the many homeless families and children who desperately need us right now.”
Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All, is available to buy and stream (digital download, CD, Vinyl) from digital stores across the UK from today, and from the artist webstore at https://store.passengermusic.com/
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Notes to Editors
- The number of homeless families is calculated using government homelessness statistics (England) Q1 2018, published by MHCLG and the Scottish Homelessness statistics 2017/18, Scottish Government.
- Shelter’s Family Support Service is made up of a team of dedicated support workers based in seven locations across the country. The support workers use their expert knowledge to help homeless families take practical steps to find a place to call home, as well as working with teachers, GPs, and other organisations to ensure they get the right support to deal with other issues like mental health or domestic violence.
- To find out more about donating items to Shelter shops and how to find your local shop, visit https://england.shelter.org.uk/support_us/shops.
- Shelter’s flagship boutique in King’s Cross can be found at Boutique by Shelter, Unit EV8, 1st floor Coal Drops Yard, Stable St, London N1C 4AB.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. We campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. For free and independent advice from Shelter visit: https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help
Passenger - aka Mike Rosenberg - is a multi-award winning, platinum selling singer-songwriter from Brighton, UK. His career so far has spanned over a decade and taken him on a journey that has seen him travel multiple times around the globe playing street corners to stadiums and headlining some of the most iconic venues and stages. He is most synonymous with the hugely successful song 'Let Her Go' that has been viewed on You Tube over 2 billion times, is approaching 1 billion streams on Spotify and has reached number 1 in 19 x countries. This is however only one side of Passenger and there is an incredible body of work behind the humble troubadour. The latest album is his 12th studio album in 11 x years. Recorded at the iconic Abbey Rd studios and Mike's own studio in Brighton, it sees him record with a string quartet for the first time and is a beautiful and resonate testament to his time on the streets of Britain.