|Birth name||Wesley Keith Schultz|
|Born||December 30, 1982|
|Origin||Ramsey, New Jersey, United States.|
Life and career
Schultz grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey. 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. 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 time on my drawings and it turns out good 'cause I've been practicing a lot." The implication is that Schultz was creative and knew that he wanted to be an artist of some sort from a young age.
Growing up in Ramsey, Schultz's best friend was Josh Fraites. Fraites died of a drug overdose in 2002, age 19. In the wake of Josh's death, Schultz connected with Josh's younger brother Jeremiah Fraites, a drummer, and the two "found solace in music, writing songs and playing gigs around New York." The two toured under the name Wesley Jeremiah, and released a self-titled EP (including future The Lumineers songs, "Flowers In Your Hair" and "Darlene."
Wesley Schultz attended the University of Richmond.
Frustrated by their band's limited success in New York, and struggling with the high cost of living, Schultz and Fraites decided to relocate to Denver, where they could dedicate more time to working on their music and touring. Upon arriving in Denver, they placed a Craigslist ad for a classical cellist. Neyla Pekarek responded to their ad and ultimately became the third member of The Lumineers. The trio spent the next year playing gigs around Denver and touring nationally at their own expense.
In 2013, the band released a deluxe edition of their self-titled album. It included 5 bonus tracks, over 25 minutes of video footage, and a 28 page booklet.
|Year||Artist||Song||Co-written with||U.S. peak
|2012||The Lumineers||"Ho Hey"||Jeremiah Fraites||3||8|
|2012||The Lumineers||"Stubborn Love"||Jeremiah Fraites||—||—|
- Staff. "The Lumineers: Chasing Big Dreams Out West", NPR, May 26, 2012. Accessed November 14, 2012
- Valerie Cruice, "On Tour With a Thoroughly Modern Beethoven", The New York Time, March 15, 1992.
- McDermott, Maeve. "Meet roots rockers The Lumineers", USA Today, June 24, 2012.
- The Lumineers Biography from their website.
- Official Chart Company