The Lumineers have been one of the biggest surprises to emerge on the music scene during 2012, combining a unique blend of folk music, alternative rock and Americana that has audiences all over the country swooning. The band, consisting of Wesley Schultz on guitar and lead vocals, Jeremiah Fraites on percussion, mandolin and vocals and Neyla Pekarek on cello, mandolin and vocals began as a side project of Fraites and Schultz. After trying to make it in the cutthroat New York City music scene, the duo packed up their belongings in the mid-2000s and moved to Denver, Colorado. After finding Pekarek on Craigslist in search of a cellist, the group began performing in small clubs around the area and began gaining steam when a YouTube video of their first single, "Ho Hey," piqued the interest of many music fans and record company executives.
In 2012, the band passed up a variety of huge offers from major record companies and instead decided to sign with independent Dualtone Records. On April 3, 2012, the group released their self-titled first album, The Lumineers, which debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band's first single, "Ho Hey," would peak at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, giving the group their first Top 5 single in their first release. The song would also achieve international acclaim overseas, where it became a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom. The album's second single, "Stubborn Love," would also break into the Hot 100 and peak at No. 85. The secret to The Lumineers' success has been their simplicity, not trying to reinvent the wheel but rather adding a cinematic quality to their unique blend of folk music that has struck a chord with fans that have seen a huge revival in the genre over the past several years.
The group expanded its audience over the latter course of 2012 when they toured throughout the United States with Old Crow Medicine Show, the Milk Carton Kids and a variety of other acts. The Lumineers will also be touring with Dave Matthews Band in late 2012 and early 2013, opening up a large new audience of folk and alternative fans who should be very receptive to the band's style. Additionally, The Lumineers' have achieved critical success as well during their huge 2012, as they have been nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album.