Multi-talented singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) first hit our airwaves in 2011 with his debut hit, The A Team, which became one of the highest charting and biggest selling UK debut singles that year. Not a bad start, eh?
However, Ed didn't get to the top without plenty of hard graft. He'd spent years touring and selling tens of thousands of copies of self-released EPs through via his website, digital downloads and out of his backpack at gigs.
In 2009 he performed over 300 gigs. He said he'd seen an interview with James Morrison who'd said he'd done 200 gigs in a year - a competitive Ed wanted to beat this record. And he did!
He toured with Example in 2010 and then went on to work with the mighty talented Wiley, JME, Devlin, Sway and Ghetts on his final independent EP, No.5 Collaborations Project, which he released at the beginning of 2011. His growing early fan base began to include celebrity fans as diverse as Rio Ferdinand, Example and Elton John.
Off the back of the success of hits The A Team and Lego House, his debut album, +, went 6x Platinum in the UK and was awarded two BRIT Awards, an Ivor Novello and the list goes on.
In 2013, Ed, with an ever-increasing US fan base, joined Taylor Swift on a seven-month Red Tour of North America. The BFFs even wrote and recorded a song together, Everything Has Changed, which peaked at No 7 in the UK singles chart.
With having achieved so much success with his debut album, the pressure was on Ed to deliver with its follow-up, x. Luckily the lead single, a collaboration with the mighty Pharrell, was a massive hit. Even though Sing heralded a shift in direction for Ed, his songwriting and lyrics still resonated with his fans. Phew!
When x was released in June 2014, it charted at No 1 in twelve countries and reached the Top 5 in eleven other countries.
Ed is now well and truely an international superstar. But he's also still a thoroughly nice and down to earth bloke.
He's got his feet firmly fixed on the ground, and this is part of Ed's appeal. He's just like one of us. But with a gigantic talent for making music.
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