Schultz performing on August 2, 2012
|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, and attended Ramsey High School and the University of Richmond. 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."
Growing up in Ramsey, Schultz's best friend was Josh Fraites. Fraites died of a drug overdose in 2002, at the age of 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 various names including Wesley Jeremiah, and released a self-titled EP (including future The Lumineers songs, "Flowers In Your Hair" and "Darlene."
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.
In 2016, The Lumineers released the album, Cleopatra. The songs started being written after the first album, The Lumineers, was released. In the four years following their first album, the songs were being created and developed for Cleopatra.
|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||70||—|
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- Valerie Cruice, "On Tour With a Thoroughly Modern Beethoven", The New York Times, March 15, 1992.
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- Schultz, Wesley. 29 Apr. 2016. , www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZSGAmEiQgs&t=117s. Accessed 4 Aug. 2018.
- Official Chart Company