Multi-talented singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) from Halifax in Yorkshire first hit our airwaves in 2011 with his debut hit, The A Team which became the highest charting and biggest selling UK debut single that year (at the time of writing). Not bad going, eh?
However, Ed didn't get to the top without plenty of hard graft. He spent years touring and selling tens of thousands of copies of self-released EPs through his website, digital store and out of his backpack at gigs. In 2009 he performed over 300 gigs of which he said he'd seen an interview with James Morrison saying he'd done 200 gigs in a year - a competitive Ed wanted to beat this record.
He's toured with Just Jack and Example and as a headliner in his own right now sells out venues within hours. Ed worked with the mighty talented Wiley, JME, Devlin, Sway and Ghetts on his final independent EP, No.5 Collaborations Project and his growing fan base includes 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 + has gone 4x Platinum in the UK and has been awarded two BRIT Awards and an Ivor Novello for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
Ed has been touring the globe ever since, with commercial success in Europe, Australia and the US. He recently teamed up with Taylor Swift for a track on her new album Red and it was soon after announced that he would be joining her on a seven-month Red Tour of North America in 2013.
Ed is well on his way to becoming an international superstar and we bet any money that this guy is going to be around for a long time to come!
Here's Ed's second single, You Need Me, I Don't Need You, off his first label-backed album, +, which hit the number one album spot back in September 2011.