Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers performs at the 54th edition of the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Early life. 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. 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. 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… The two founding members of The Lumineers — Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites — based the song lyrics and video series off their family members’ experiences with addiction. It’s not how you’d draw it up.”. The Lumineers blasted into stardom with the earworm “Ho Hey” on the act’s 2012 self-titled debut full-length. The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz just dropped a surprise solo album with covers of Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen and more Music News From Biden to Hickenlooper, Dems dominate music in politics. Wesley Schultz, songwriter and co-founder of the Lumineers, therapeutically explores his family demons correlating Gloria’s life “I think we should all be concerned they could be gone.”. 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. “I still don’t believe this yurt we’re staying in is something I can afford,” Schultz says of his vacation rental. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.. Clear to partly cloudy. For a guy who fought so hard for people to hear his songs at little house shows and just wanted to make enough money playing music that he didn’t need to bus tables, it’s overwhelming to see his words printed forever on another person’s skin. And when the coronavirus pandemic took the band off the road, Denver became a place to quarantine. Looking for live music while stuck at home? On furlough and in quarantine, she took time to focus on a longtime dream of selling the hand-knit sweaters she makes. Before The Lumineers… This Colorado-based trio delivers all of the elements we like to think of as the "new Nashville sound." 72.6k Followers, 191 Following, 500 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Wesley Schultz (@wesleyschultz) Through its course, songwriters Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites make it emphatically clear that the arrangements don’t have to be dense for the songs to be intense. Family Life. For reference, "Ophelia" has 450 million streams. High around 45F. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP). “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. ", © 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. Oh, but I can write a song.”. Schultz moved here for simple reasons that worked out like “dumb luck,” he says now. 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. 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. The following is a list of the top 10 songs, according to Spotify streams, by The Lumineers. The Lumineers perform at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday. “We wanted to build a stage and set around this thing that really happened and do it in a way where she wasn’t feeling exposed, but I still could tell the true story.”, As he and Fraites were writing, they asked questions: “How does this happen?” “Is it generational?” “Is it nature or nurture?” “Is it passed down?”. For Schultz, his wife’s mother has long battled alcoholism. 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 Colorado has become a second home for them. The songs hit home for the band. 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. Case in point: “Ho Hey,” which shot The Lumineers to fame after being featured in a TV show called “Hart of Dixie.” While the sweet chorus of “I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart” has made it a go-to wedding song, Schultz actually wrote the band’s breakout hit about losing love and almost losing his dream. 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Slower songs such as “Stubborn Love” and “Slow it Down” were never on the radio and still boast more than 100 million streams on Spotify. “We put her in rehab and did a number of things to help, and she didn’t really want to be saved,” he said. This is all still on his mind, as Schultz and his family have escaped to the Catskills for a monthslong vacation. 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. “Before shows, I can’t look at lines outside venues. 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The frontman explains how their breakthrough hit single was inspired by a decidedly uninspiring period spent living in New York City. “We’re so used to being on tour, we had to get away,” he said. Here are some concerts to watch online this weekend. He plays as the main lead guitarist as well as the vocalist for the band The Lumineers. “I’m more worried about writing good music and something I want to play in 40 years.”. Lumineers front man Wesley Schultz is surprise-releasing his first solo on Oct. 30. His band mostly performs and releases albums depicting American Folk, Rock, and occasionally the Country Rock genre of music. The Lumineers are known for songs such as “Ho Hey,” “Flowers in Your Hair” and “Sleep on the Floor. Lumineers Release a Chilling Addiction-Focused Trilogy Three years after the story of Cleopatra (album), the Lumineers personify addiction through the eyes of Gloria Sparks, a mother that makes regrettable mistakes fueled by her addiction to alcohol and substances. “That’s why you feel like this maybe won’t work out. Wesley Schultz warms up his vocals ahead of a concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. He co-wrote "Ho Hey" and another one of the Lumineers' big hits, "Stubborn Love," with his bandmate Jeremiah Fraites. The current touring band includes pianist Stelth Ulvang, bassist/backing vocalist Byron Isaacs, violinist Lauren Jacobson and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Miller. Looking for livestreamed music while stuck at home? He still worries people are going to leave halfway through a show. Wesley Schultz is an American musician. The band Lumineers' combined estimated net worth is $10 million, whereas Wesley alone enjoys an estimated net worth of $3 million. (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 … Buffalo plays Washington in division showdown, © 2020 Produced by Colorado Springs Gazette. Early on, the two described themselves as “heart on your sleeve” lyricists and “front porch folk.” While that still rings true, The Lumineers have proven they don’t ascribe to any one genre or any one kind of songwriting. The Lumineers have played many of Colorado’s biggest stages. “I always think about it like, ‘How would I want someone in my position to act? “It was an example of the best of Denver,” Schultz said in a recent interview with The Gazette. 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." A house show held in 2010 in Colorado Springs featured The Lumineers shortly after the band moved to Colorado. But everyone who paid $5 for that house concert in 2010 always will remember the lineup. 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. “That’s what’s cool about us and our story. Sunny. Wesley Schultz is the guitarist and lead vocalist of American folk-rock band The Lumineers. 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. The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz just dropped a surprise solo album with covers of Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen and more “Vignettes,” announced this week, is … “I don’t know where I belong,” he sings. Singer and actress Lennon Stella recorded a Billboard Hot Country Top 40 cover of the popular Lumineers song "Ho Hey. Maybe it means I’ll get this other job and do music on the side.”. The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz recalls the rise to becoming Colorado's favorite band, By Carlotta Olson It’s the kind of thing that reminds Schultz that people are listening. 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. Regarded as one of most popular bands in the folk-rock/Americana space, the Grammy-nominated Lumineers have released three full-length albums, including a self-titled debut in 2012, "Cleopatra" in 2016 and "III" in 2019. The Lumineers. The Lumineers' founding members Wesley Schultz (vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (percussion, drums) started writing and performing together in New Jersey in 2005. But The Lumineers soon found their footing and more. Because of that, I knew they were going to be fine.”. Jeremiah Fraites' family is from Ramsey, New Jersey; his mother is the director of the Redeemer Christian Nursery School in Ramsey. 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.”. Schultz weekly shares photos from fans with the hashtag #MyLumineersTattoo. 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. Singer Wesley Schultz, right, and percussionist Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers perform at a music festival in Hungary in 2016. The Lumineers have said that the song "Angela," is about "a small town success story struggling to escape her past. It’s not that his fight is over, but more like he has more people fighting alongside him. And, yes, that’s something Schultz looks at. It’s hard to know in the moment what you’ll remember as magical. 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. As Wesley told us when we spoke to him a … 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 … Fraites recently celebrated five years of sobriety. Wesley Schultz, lead vocalist and guitarist for the Lumineers, performs with the band at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Feb. 18, 2020. 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. They still had to work at restaurants and coffee shops, but it was easier to build something. 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.”. Schultz and Fraites still co-write all of The Lumineers songs together. More brands are realizing that flowers make people happy and creating designs with more muted dark colors which appeal to a male clientele.. Schultz’ shirt was made by “Sir Paul Smith.” “I really like his shirts,” says Schultz. 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 … Schultz met his wife in Denver while working as a busboy and they had their wedding at the Boulder Theater. “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. 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. WESLEY Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites open up about how they met in the most harrowing of circumstances, thrown together by a family tragedy but determined … Paul Sullivan: What would the 2021 Cubs Convention be like this year? There was a problem saving your notification. “A lot of people don’t know what to do with us,” Schultz said. After relocating to Denver, Colorado, Schultz and Fraites added cellist Neyla Pekarek to their ensemble. 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. 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. I don’t understand why they’re all coming. “I don’t know where I went wrong. “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. Back when Schultz and Fraites were deciding on a band name, Ulvang recalls the young musicians being talented, humble and go-getters. When the long-haired Schultz gets recognized around town, the encounters are chill and casual. For The Lumineers, each of those small shows was another swing in the fight to be heard during their first years in Colorado. The Lumineers are, from left, Byron Isaacs, Jeremiah Fraites, Wesley Schultz, Lauren Jacobson and Stelth Ulvang. 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. Fraites graduated from Ramsey High School in 2004, and William Paterson University in 2009.. They've since joined heroes U2 and Tom Petty on tour, sold out Madison Square Garden and had several chart-topping songs. Songs always include what Schultz calls “morsels of truth,” specific details such as smelling booze and peppermint on someone’s breath or asking if your parents pay the rent, that draw a listener into a story while leaving things vague enough to get you thinking about your own story. Low 29F. When Wesley Schultz and bandmate Jeremy Fraites moved to Denver in 2009, they were still unsure about the name for their band. ... Frontman Wesley Schultz drew from experiences with an unnamed family member who’s been “in and out of jail and in … But lead singer Wesley Schultz says he still finds it hard to believe that thousands of people come to their shows. “Wes was very much like, ‘We’ll try anything,’” Ulvang, now a touring member of The Lumineers, said. He couldn’t afford New York City anymore and Denver was cheap. 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. 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. “We have a name that gives us the ability to call on people and help out.”. The Lumineers frontman Wesley Schultz played an intimate acoustic set as part of the "Together At Home" virtual series on Friday.Schultz said that he used to perform at small coffee shops and bars, where he would mostly play covers. In 2014 he married a woman named Brandy. “I feel calm,” Schultz said. After relocating to Denver, Colorado, Schultz and Fraites added cellist Neyla Pekarek to their ensemble. 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. 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. It’s also not a bad place to be famous. He co-wrote "Ho Hey" and another one of the Lumineers' big hits, "Stubborn Love," with his bandmate Jeremiah Fraites. The album isn’t full of answers but aims to make these conversations not as taboo. Access all of our premium content, get unlimited digital access and more! “One of the biggest things is how eager they were to say yes to things. It would take time for the world to hear that. Wesley Schultz's Favorite Things The Lumineers band member shares his must-haves. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers readies for a concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. That’s sort of what we did.”. He obviously changed his mind after he met Wesley Schultz, who Fraites co-founded the Lumineers with more than 10 years ago. He and Lumineers drummer Jeremiah Fraites grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey. Here are some concerts to watch online this weekend. Even though the founders hail from New Jersey, Colorado fans have adopted The Lumineers as their own, as evidenced by highly anticipated and sold-out concerts at the biggest stages here. Since there won’t be one, we can only imagine. A house show in Colorado Springs featuring the Lumineers cost just $5 back in 2010. Wesley Schultz's Net worth: $3 million. You have permission to edit this article. 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.”. Wesley Schultz, Soundtrack: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 In 2014 he married a woman named Brandy. After attending the University of Richmond in Virginia, he briefly lived and worked in New York City. Wesley Schultz warms up his voice in the bathroom before a concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Schultz grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey, , the son of Judy Schultz, and attended Ramsey High School and the University of Richmond. The band also has rallied for people to support the Save Our Stages Act, which would supply venues with much-needed grants to stay afloat. 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. What would I want them to do?’” Schultz said. And they’ll remember that The Lumineers were not the stars; that title went to headliner Head and the Heart. When he turned 30 and was still sleeping on an air mattress on tour, he was ready to call it quits. He just wants to create goosebumps. At home with his wife and young son, Schultz observed the struggling local music and restaurant scenes and thought of ways to help. The Lumineers might not technically be Southern, but we'd be more than happy to claim them. Schultz could use that reminder sometimes. (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. “A lot of people don’t know what to do with us,” Wesley Schultz says of The Lumineers’ eclectic style. 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. He and Lumineers drummer Jeremiah Fraites grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey. “We could tell even back then they were pretty dang amazing and destined for much bigger things than a living room show,” she said. “That’s pretty crazy to hear a song hundreds of times and it still brings that much emotion,” Ulvang said. He doesn’t think about creating a hit when writing, though. Other songs by The Lumineers have that effect on fans enough for them to get tattoos of the lyrics. Rally at Colorado State Capitol, By Amanda Hancock Together, they write dark songs that are catchy enough to get you singing along without always thinking about what you’re singing about. 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. Wesley Schultz is originally from New Jersey and tried to make it as a musician in New York City. Winds light and variable. The Lumineers Beginnings. 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. "[1] During an interview, The Lumineers also mentioned how the name "Angela" comes from lead singer Wesley Schultz's ex-girlfriend Angela Henard; noting: "Although we didn't work out she still holds a place in my heart. 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. 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