After relocating to Denver, Colorado, Schultz and Fraites added cellist Neyla Pekarek to their ensemble. “Wes was very much like, ‘We’ll try anything,’” Ulvang, now a touring member of The Lumineers, said. He doesn’t think about creating a hit when writing, though. “I think we should all be concerned they could be gone.”. The following is a list of the top 10 songs, according to Spotify streams, by The Lumineers. “That’s pretty crazy to hear a song hundreds of times and it still brings that much emotion,” Ulvang said. No one deserves for thousands of people to line up to see you.”, But thousands of people do that, partly because they’ve connected with so many songs beyond “Ho Hey” and “Ophelia.”. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin), Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers seen at the 2016 Festival d’ete de Quebec in downtown Quebec City on Friday, July 8, 2016, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. “One of the biggest things is how eager they were to say yes to things. The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz just dropped a surprise solo album with covers of Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen and more “Vignettes,” announced this week, is … Wesley Schultz is originally from New Jersey and tried to make it as a musician in New York City. “It was an example of the best of Denver,” Schultz said in a recent interview with The Gazette. Looking for live music while stuck at home? In that story (a profile of Dennis Kobray, who toured elementary schools imitating classical composers as a way to introduce children to classical music), 9-year-old Schultz is quoted as saying: "I spend a lot of tim… This is all still on his mind, as Schultz and his family have escaped to the Catskills for a monthslong vacation. It helps that he comes off chill, like a guy who loves music, his family and ranch dressing and likes sharing silly selfies, sometimes from the dentist’s office, on Instagram. Other songs by The Lumineers have that effect on fans enough for them to get tattoos of the lyrics. Schultz weekly shares photos from fans with the hashtag #MyLumineersTattoo. Famous as the lead singer and guitarist of the Colorado based folk rock group The Lumineers, best known for their 2012 single "Ho Hey," which peaked at number three on U.S. music charts. Lyrics, as Ulvang points out, escape cliches and never go in the direction you’re expecting, such as rhyming “window” and “stereo.” For him, the band’s secret sauce is the combination of Schultz’s poetic writing and Fraites’ odd thinking. A house show in Colorado Springs featuring the Lumineers cost just $5 back in 2010. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Wesley Schultz warms up his voice in the bathroom before a concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. As Wesley told us when we spoke to him a … When Wesley Schultz and bandmate Jeremy Fraites moved to Denver in 2009, they were still unsure about the name for their band. “I don’t know where I belong,” he sings. Heather Powell Browne, a local music blogger who set up the concert, left the house show shaking her head at how good The Lumineers sounded. The Lumineers have said that the song "Angela," is about "a small town success story struggling to escape her past. The songs hit home for the band. “That’s why you feel like this maybe won’t work out. If this year had gone as planned, The Lumineers would be properly promoting their latest album, “III,” a three-part concept record about a fictional family’s struggle with addiction and substance abuse. It would take time for the world to hear that. I don’t understand why they’re all coming. Winds light and variable. The latest breaking news, delivered straight to your email! Denise Abbott’s job was one of many disrupted by the music industry having to shut down. The Lumineers Beginnings. It’s hard to know in the moment what you’ll remember as magical. Lumineers front man Wesley Schultz is surprise-releasing his first solo on Oct. 30. At home with his wife and young son, Schultz observed the struggling local music and restaurant scenes and thought of ways to help. “We were playing a small club in Jersey City, N.J.,” explains Schultz, “and there was a band out there at the time called Lumineers who were slotted for the same time, same day, the next week. He obviously changed his mind after he met Wesley Schultz, who Fraites co-founded the Lumineers with more than 10 years ago. Like that late Tuesday night in the living room of an old, echoey Colorado Springs house when the show was over, but two little-known bands decided to play just one more song. He organized Colorado Gives Back, a virtual concert that raised more than $600,000 for the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Recording Academy’s MusiCares, an organization that once helped the Lumineers buy instruments after they were robbed in broad daylight in Los Angeles. The Lumineers perform at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday. Schultz has a stubborn love for Colorado’s smaller-sized venues, perhaps more so than other musicians who have come to sell out arenas such as Madison Square Garden in New York City. An Interview With The Lumineers: Wesley Schultz Unveils The Stories Behind The Band’s Intimate Lyrics And Irresistible Sing-A-Long Songs Danielle Sariyan July 27, 2016 Jeremiah Fraites' family is from Ramsey, New Jersey; his mother is the director of the Redeemer Christian Nursery School in Ramsey. He co-wrote "Ho Hey" and another one of the Lumineers' big hits, "Stubborn Love," with his bandmate Jeremiah Fraites. The Lumineers singer, who was at a movie screening for “Glass” with his wife Brandy, are now the parents of an 11-month old son named Leonard. He and Lumineers drummer Jeremiah Fraites grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey. After trying to make it in New York City, the pair moved to Denver in 2009 where they grew a local following and rose to fame with the breakout hit, "Ho Hey." On tour this year, Ulvang felt goosebumps every time he stood on the side of the stage and watched Schultz sing a song called “Long Way Home.”. Rally at Colorado State Capitol, By Amanda Hancock Singer Wesley Schultz, right, and percussionist Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers perform at a music festival in Hungary in 2016. For The Lumineers, each of those small shows was another swing in the fight to be heard during their first years in Colorado. He co-wrote "Ho Hey" and another one of the Lumineers' big hits, "Stubborn Love," with his bandmate Jeremiah Fraites. Fraites recently celebrated five years of sobriety. After years of treating music videos as mere advertisements for their songs, The Lumineers’ frontman Wesley Schultz had a change of mind when he came across pop star Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album Lemonade.Schultz likely found in Lemonade a powerful journey of culture and ethnicity told through arresting cinematography and melodies. “We put her in rehab and did a number of things to help, and she didn’t really want to be saved,” he said. The Lumineers. But everyone who paid $5 for that house concert in 2010 always will remember the lineup. His band mostly performs and releases albums depicting American Folk, Rock, and occasionally the Country Rock genre of music. 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They've since joined heroes U2 and Tom Petty on tour, sold out Madison Square Garden and had several chart-topping songs. Together, they write dark songs that are catchy enough to get you singing along without always thinking about what you’re singing about. On furlough and in quarantine, she took time to focus on a longtime dream of selling the hand-knit sweaters she makes. Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers performs at the 54th edition of the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Wesley Schultz warms up his vocals ahead of a concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Singer and actress Lennon Stella recorded a Billboard Hot Country Top 40 cover of the popular Lumineers song "Ho Hey. The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz recalls the rise to becoming Colorado's favorite band, By Carlotta Olson On Tuesday, The Lumineers touch down in Pittsburgh to support their third album, III, with a show at PPG Paints Arena.Pittsburgh City Paper chatted with The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz for … Fraites graduated from Ramsey High School in 2004, and William Paterson University in 2009.. The Lumineers have played many of Colorado’s biggest stages. You have permission to edit this article. Sunny. She brought them back to town the next year to do a session that is believed to be the first time a little song called “Ho Hey” was recorded. “It’s discouraging to feel like what you’re doing matters to you,” he said, “but it’s not being heard in the way you want.”, Even when they got signed, it irked him to hear someone in the biz refer to their sound as “cute.” “I was writing songs that were really personal and vulnerable,” he said. Wesley Schultz is an American musician. Looking for livestreamed music while stuck at home? And they’ll remember that The Lumineers were not the stars; that title went to headliner Head and the Heart. Low 29F. The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz talks songwriting, Bob Dylan, chandeliers and more Alison Fensterstock, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune; Oct 11, 2013 - 2:04 am ... My wife … Wesley Schultz, Soundtrack: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 And when the coronavirus pandemic took the band off the road, Denver became a place to quarantine. But in 2009 he left the city for Denver, where he and the band rose to fame and where he still calls home. Lumineers co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah Fraites planned to record a solo album in 2021 or early 2022, after his band’s world tour was finished. “I don’t know where I went wrong. Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers readies for a concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. That’s sort of what we did.”. At the time The Lumineers released their first album, their press release highlighted the fact that Schultz, then age 9, had been quoted in a 1992 story in The New York Times. The current touring band includes pianist Stelth Ulvang, bassist/backing vocalist Byron Isaacs, violinist Lauren Jacobson and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Miller. HIS LEFT HAND forming chords on an acoustic guitar, frontman Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers kneels by a plastic kiddie pool in the backyard of the 100-year-old Denver home he shares with his wife Brandy, their 18-month-old son Lenny and a kinetic pair of French bulldogs named Ethel and Baby Ray Davies. 72.6k Followers, 191 Following, 500 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Wesley Schultz (@wesleyschultz) The Lumineers are known for songs such as “Ho Hey,” “Flowers in Your Hair” and “Sleep on the Floor. At an event to premiere the visual album on Thursday, Sept. 12 in New York City, Schultz told the audience how the duo began the short film process. The Lumineers' founding members Wesley Schultz (vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (percussion, drums) started writing and performing together in New Jersey in 2005. They still had to work at restaurants and coffee shops, but it was easier to build something. That’s why Schultz calls the thought of losing those venues “dire and scary.”, “These are the places that when I moved to Denver 10 years ago, I fought so hard to play and enjoyed every second of playing there,” he said. “You see a lot of businesses have their flagship stores in Denver because I think it’s really friendly toward that idea of dreaming and coming here to make it happen. The Lumineers Wesley Schultz has just released "Vignettes," an album of stripped-down covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon and more. While the musicians covered the folk anthem “Skinny Love” and a few dozen people fervently sang and stomped along, it could’ve been just another ending to another buzzy evening of good music with friends. While lead singer Wesley Schultz, far right, says some people picture The Lumineers as a duo, the band has six musicians on stage during concerts. “I always think about it like, ‘How would I want someone in my position to act? The frontman explains how their breakthrough hit single was inspired by a decidedly uninspiring period spent living in New York City. Adventure Nannies, a nanny-matching company, founded by my wife, Brandy, who has told friends she needed to start a business because she fell in love with a musician. Once he and bandmate Jeremy Fraites arrived in the Mile High City, they made musician friends such as Stelth Ulvang who helped them find practice space, gigs and contacts for venues across the country. The Lumineers blasted into stardom with the earworm “Ho Hey” on the act’s 2012 self-titled debut full-length. High around 45F. He couldn’t afford New York City anymore and Denver was cheap. The album isn’t full of answers but aims to make these conversations not as taboo. Of lead singer Wesley Schultz, she wrote at the time that he “has a terrifically expressive voice with range and beauty that swoops all over the songs.”. III On The Lumineers’ audacious new album, III (Dualtone, September 13), every note, every syllable, and every moment of silence in between is emotionally charged. Early life. (Provided by Big Hassle) The Lumineers are one of Colorado’s biggest musical success stories, having relocated here from New York City about a decade ago before … This Colorado-based trio delivers all of the elements we like to think of as the "new Nashville sound." With heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, honest storytelling, and a whole posse of strings, their brand of Americana is selling out concert halls across the region, nay, the world. When he turned 30 and was still sleeping on an air mattress on tour, he was ready to call it quits. “We could tell even back then they were pretty dang amazing and destined for much bigger things than a living room show,” she said. A house show held in 2010 in Colorado Springs featured The Lumineers shortly after the band moved to Colorado. ", © FamousBirthdays.com - use subject to the information collection practices disclosed in our Privacy Policy. Since that time, the pair, along with a rotating cast of other band members, has released three internationally acclaimed albums. Schultz and Fraites still co-write all of The Lumineers songs together. Currently holed up in Denver with his mother, son Lenny, and wife Brandy, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers joined RADIO.COM for an exclusive FANDEMIC Instagram Live on … The Lumineers make a point to play secret shows at venues they long ago outgrew, with the only payoff being to delight fans and to feed off the energy of an intimate show. Contrary to the stereotypical image of an acoustic duo wearing suspenders and floppy hats, The Lumineers tour as a six-person band and put on a rollicking show. Family Life. In 2014 he married a woman named Brandy. It’s not how you’d draw it up.”. Because of that, I knew they were going to be fine.”. Wesley Schultz's Net worth: $3 million. Wesley Schultz, lead vocalist and guitarist for the Lumineers, performs with the band at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Feb. 18, 2020. 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Schultz moved here for simple reasons that worked out like “dumb luck,” he says now. W hen singer Wesley Schultz met drummer Jeremiah Fraites in their hometown of Ramsey, New Jersey, neither of them knew that their folk-rock band would be topping charts across the world less than 10 years later. The band Lumineers' combined estimated net worth is $10 million, whereas Wesley alone enjoys an estimated net worth of $3 million. Buffalo plays Washington in division showdown, © 2020 Produced by Colorado Springs Gazette. Maybe it means I’ll get this other job and do music on the side.”. Access all of our premium content, get unlimited digital access and more! For Schultz, his wife’s mother has long battled alcoholism. The Lumineers might not technically be Southern, but we'd be more than happy to claim them. It’s not that his fight is over, but more like he has more people fighting alongside him. But The Lumineers soon found their footing and more. 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