Biography of Ed SheeranEd Sheeran, an English singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy Award recipient, rose to international fame with hits such as "Thinking Out Loud," "Photograph," and "The A Team." Later, he garnered critical acclaim for songs like "Shape of You" and "Perfect."
Early LifeThe future musician was born on February 7, 1991, in Halifax, a town in West Yorkshire, England. His parents, John and Imogen Sheeran, were art consultants and London natives. Shortly after his birth, the family including young Ed and his elder brother Matthew relocated to Framlingham in Suffolk County. Matthew, like Ed, later dedicated himself to music, becoming a composer in the classical instrumental genre.
Early CareerAs a teenager, Ed Sheeran relocated to London to earnestly pursue his artistic endeavors. He honed his performative skills at the National Youth Theatre, delivered hundreds of concerts at small, intimate venues, and gained notoriety through numerous online performances.
In 2008, two pivotal events transpired in the 17-year-old artist's life: he performed as an opening guitarist for his idols, the alternative band Nizlopi, and enrolled at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
In 2010, he ventured to conquer the United States, armed with neither a contract nor any formal offers, simply purchasing a ticket to Los Angeles. There, he promoted his artistry, performing at various city venues. The talented and ambitious young man caught the attention of Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx. Impressed by Sheeran's talent, Foxx initially invited him to his radio show "The Foxxhole," and later to his home recording studio.
"+"Ed Sheeran's debut album "+" earned platinum certification seven times in the United Kingdom (awarded for sales exceeding 300,000 copies). Its leading single "The A Team" became a global hit and won Sheeran an Ivor Novello Award, the trophy representing Euterpe, the muse of poetry and music. The song — a lyrical ballad about a prostitute addicted to crack cocaine — was inspired by his experience visiting a homeless shelter.
"x"In June 2014, Ed Sheeran's second studio album "x" (read as "multiply") was released to the public, again shaking the music world. It debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and many other charts, winning a Brit Award and a new accolade from BBC Music. Following its release, a wax figure of Ed Sheeran was added to Madame Tussauds in New York.
In 2016, the single "Thinking Out Loud" from the album won Sheeran two Grammy Awards. The song's music video garnered over two and a half million views on YouTube within just 24 hours of its release and eventually crossed the billion-views mark.
"÷"In 2016, Ed Sheeran ended his creative hiatus and released the single "Shape of You" in January 2017 as part of his third studio album "÷" (pronounced "divide"). The single achieved massive success, topping the American Billboard Hot 100 chart as well as leading sales charts in his home country and the United States. The song was noted in reviews for its distinct departure from Sheeran's previous works, being more impressive and dynamic. Originally, Sheeran had written the song for Rihanna, but he eventually chose to perform it himself.
In its first week of release in the United Kingdom, about 670,000 copies were sold, a record bested only by Adele's "25" (800,000 copies) and Oasis's "Be Here Now" (700,000 copies). The album went double platinum in Australia and the United Kingdom.
"No.6 Collaborations Project"In 2019, Ed released his fourth studio album, "No.6 Collaborations Project," the essence of which is clear from the title. Fifteen tracks featured major stars in the music industry, from Justin Bieber and Khalid to Eminem and 50 Cent. Each track had one or two guest stars. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
"="In October 2021, Ed Sheeran released his fifth studio album, "=" ("Equals"), with the lead single "Bad Habits," where he appears as a vampire in the music video.
Cinematic AppearancesSince 2014, the phenomenally successful entertainer has made cameo appearances in television series such as "Shortland Street," "Home and Away," and "Undateable." Additionally, he starred in the historical drama "The Bastard Executioner."
Personal Life of Ed SheeranDuring his school years, Ed Sheeran was involved in a four-year relationship with a classmate, but his burgeoning musical career precluded him from focusing on his personal life.
In the early stages of his career, he dated Scottish model and singer Nina Nesbitt, who inspired the songs "Nina," "Photograph," and "Friends." It is speculated that his debut studio album "+" is dedicated to her. In turn, Nesbitt's album "Peroxide" is largely a tribute to Ed.
In collaboration with childhood friend Philip Butah, the singer authored and published an autobiographical book titled "A Visual Journey," which may serve as both intriguing and useful for budding musicians.
The artist has bestowed individual names upon all four of his guitars: Kirill, Felix, Lloyd, and Nigel.