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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" music video

Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" music video

**Edward Christopher"****"Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) [undefined] is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and occasional actor.


His most popular songs include "Shape of You," "Thinking Out Loud," "Castle on the Hill," "Don't," and "Photograph." [undefined]

He has won multiple Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. [undefined]

The singer-songwriter, who goes by @teddysphotos on Instagram, has 27.2 million followers.

Ed Sheeran
Background information
Birth nameEdward Christopher Sheeran
BornFebruary 17, 1991Hebden Bridge,West Yorkshire, England
OriginFramlingham],Suffolk, England
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • actor
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active2004–present
Notable instruments
Little Martin LX1E

Early Life

Ed Sheeran was born in Hebden Bridge, a market town in Calderdale near Halifax, West Yorkshire. His family moved to Framlingham in Suffolk when he was a child. [undefined]

Although they settled in Suffolk, his parents' work usually took them to London.

As a result, Sheeran spent many weekends travelling with his family.

He recalls listening to records of Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. According to Sheeran, the album that first introduced him to music was Van Morrison's Irish Heartbeat

Sheeran sang in a local church choir from the age of four, learned to play guitar at a very young age, and began writing songs while at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham. [undefined] [undefined] When he was eleven, he went with his father to a Damien Rice show in Ireland. In addition to Rice, he has also cited The Beatles, Dylan, Nizlopi and Eminem as his biggest musical influences. [undefined] [undefined] He is a patron of the Youth Music Theatre UK [undefined] and of Access to Music, where he studied Artist Development course. [undefined] [undefined] He was accepted at the National Youth Theatre in London as a teenager. [undefined]

Music career

2004–10: Career beginnings

Sheeran began recording music in 2004, and independently released his first collection of work, Spinning Man.

He has been friends with a fellow English singer, Passenger, since he was 15, with the two playing on the same gig in Cambridge. [undefined]

In 2007, at the age of 16, he dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music.

He moved to London the following year, where he would play in small venues.

In 2008, he auditioned for the ITV series, Britannia High . [undefined] He also opened for Nizlopi in Norwich in April 2008, after being one of their guitar technicians. [undefined] He released another EP in 2009, You Need Me, just before going on tour with Just Jack. He also did a few collaborations with Essex singer, Leddra Chapman, including CeeLo Green's "Fuck You". In February 2010, Sheeran posted a video through SB.TV and rapper Example invited Sheeran to tour with him. In the same month, he also released his critically acclaimed Loose Change EP, which featured his future debut single, "The A Team". [undefined]

In April 2010, Sheeran bought a ticket to Los Angeles, with no contacts other than one poetry night.

He played open mic nights all over the city before he was spotted at The Foxxhole by Jamie Foxx, who was so impressed that he offered Sheeran the use of his recording studio and the bed of his Hollywood home for the rest of his stay. Throughout 2010, Sheeran began to be seen by more people over the internet through YouTube and his fan-base grew, with him also getting credit from The Independent newspaper, England football captain Rio Ferdinand and Elton John. [undefined] Sheeran also self-released two other EPs in 2010, Ed Sheeran: Live at the Bedford and Songs I Wrote with Amy , which is a collection of love songs he wrote in Wales with a singer, Amy Wadge. [undefined]

2011–13: Popularity & International Success

On 8 January 2011, Sheeran released another independent EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project , featuring grime artists such as Wiley, Jme, Devlin, Sway and Ghetts. [undefined] With this EP, Sheeran gained mainstream attention for reaching number 2 in the iTunes chart without any promotion or label, selling over 7,000 copies in its first week. Three months later, Sheeran put on a free show to fans at the Barfly in Camden Town. Over 1,000 fans turned up, so Sheeran played four different shows to ensure everyone saw a gig, including a gig outside on the street after the venue had closed. Later that month, Sheeran was signed to Asylum Records.

On April 26, 2011, Sheeran appeared on the TV music show, Later... with Jools Holland , where he performed his debut single, "The A Team". Six weeks later, "The A Team" was released as a digital download in the UK. The release served as the lead single from Sheeran's debut studio album, + (read as "plus"). [undefined]"The A Team" entered the UK Singles Chart at number three, selling over 58,000 copies in the first week. It was the best selling debut single and the overall eighth-best selling single of 2011, selling 801,000 copies. [undefined] The lead single also became a top ten hit in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands. During a headline set in the BBC Introducing tent at Glastonbury Festival 2011, Sheeran announced that "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" would be released on August 26 as the second single from the album. The second single peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart. [undefined]"Lego House" was released as the third single, [undefined] reaching the top ten on Australian, Irish, Scottish, New Zealand Singles Charts, Flemish Ultratop 50 and the Wallonian Ultratip. "Drunk", released on February 19, 2012, became Sheeran's fourth consecutive top ten single in the UK, peaking at number nine. [undefined]

Sheeran released + on September 12, 2011.

The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics.

[undefined] + debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart for sales of 102,000 copies. [undefined] By end of 2011, sales of the album in the UK stand at 791,000; it became the second best-selling debut album and the ninth biggest-selling album there. [undefined] The album has been certified platinum six times by the British Phonographic Industry, denoting shipments of 1,800,000 copies. [undefined] As of March 2012, the album had sold 1,021,072 copies in the UK. [undefined] The album also reached the top five in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the US. [undefined] [undefined] [undefined]

The song, "Moments", on the debut album by boy band One Direction, released in November 2011, was co-written by Sheeran. [undefined] On February 21, at the 2012 Brit Awards, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist, and British Breakthrough Act of the Year. [undefined] [undefined] On January 10, 2012, it was announced that Sheeran would support Snow Patrol on their United States tour from late March until May on the band's Fallen Empires Tour. [undefined] His song, "Give Me Love", was featured in the episode "Dangerous Liaisons" of The Vampire Diaries . [undefined] It was also featured in the February 12, 2013 episode of the sitcom Cougar Town (TBS). At the Ivor Novello Awards in May 2012, Sheeran's "The A Team" bested Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Florence and the Machine's "Shake It Out" for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. [undefined] Sheeran performed "The A Team" at the United Kingdom's Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on June 4, 2012 and a cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics on August 12, 2012. [undefined] [undefined]

Taylor Swift contacted Sheeran after hearing his music while touring Australia in March 2012. [undefined] He later co-wrote and provided vocals for "Everything Has Changed", a single featured on Swift's fourth studio album, Red . Sheeran also contributed two songs to One Direction's second studio album, Take Me Home , released in November 2012; the single "Little Things" became the group's second number-one in the UK. [undefined] Sheeran's album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, while "The A Team" reached No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100. [undefined] In late 2012 and early 2013, he headlined a US tour of 6,000–9,000 capacity venues. [undefined]"The A Team" received a nomination for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. [undefined] Elton John, who runs Sheeran's management company, canvassed the award organizers to get Sheeran a performance slot at the ceremony but was told that Sheeran alone was not high-profile enough. John decided to appear with Sheeran to circumvent this problem. [undefined]

From March to September 2013, Sheeran played at arenas and stadiums across North America as the opening act for Swift's The Red Tour. [undefined] [undefined] According to Sheeran, it was then his biggest tour and added a scarlet RED tattoo to commemorate it. [undefined] In October 2013, Sheeran headlined three sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, which has a capacity of 18,200. [undefined] [undefined] [undefined] At the concert, Sheeran debuted few songs including "Tenerife Sea", [undefined] a future track on his second studio album. Sheeran released "I See Fire" on November 5, 2013, his first single in over two years. The song is featured in the end credits of the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug , the film's soundtrack, and on the deluxe version of his second album. [undefined] Sheeran was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2014 Grammy Awards. [undefined]

2014–present: x

On March 24, 2014, Sheeran performed at the Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London where he unveiled "Take It Back", a track that would appear on the deluxe version of the second album. [undefined]"Sing", the lead single, was released on April 7, 2014. Sonically, the song is a departure from Sheeran's previous recordings. [undefined] [undefined]"Sing" was intended to create hype over the album release, but from concern that this might alienate Sheeran's fan base, "One", an acoustic ballad, was released on May 16, 2014; [undefined] [undefined]"One" also marked the first of several promotional singles released leading to the album release. By early June 2014, "Sing" had earned Sheeran his first number-one single in the UK. [undefined]

Sheeran's second studio album, x (read as "multiply"), was released worldwide on June 23, 2014. In a span of three years, Sheeran wrote more than 120 songs for the album, [undefined] the earliest of which was composed shortly after + was released. [undefined] The album features tracks produced by Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and Benny Blanco, [undefined] as well as that of Gosling's. [undefined] x peaked at number one in both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. To support the album, Sheeran embarked on a world tour starting on August 6, 2014 at Osaka, Japan. On September 27, 2014, Sheeran was one of the headline acts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground prior to the 2014 AFL Grand Final. [undefined]

Following "Don't", "Thinking Out Loud" was released on September 24, 2014 as the album's third single. Unlike his previous music videos, Sheeran took the lead role in the single's accompaniment, where he performed a ballroom dance. [undefined] It became his second single to reach number one in the UK, [undefined] and spent eight weeks at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 (with only "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars keeping it from top spot). [undefined] In 2014, combined streams on Sheeran's catalog in Spotify reached 860 million; Spotify named him the most-streamed artist and x the most-streamed album. [undefined] In the same year, the album also earned Sheeran the distinction of being iTunes' biggest-selling artist in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. [undefined] [undefined]

x was nominated for Album of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards. [undefined] On February 25, Sheeran won British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year for x at the 2015 Brit Awards. [undefined] On May 21, 2015, at the Ivor Novello Awards, Sheeran received the award for Songwriter of the Year. [undefined] On June 21, Sheeran co-hosted the 2015 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto, where he performed the singles, "Thinking Out Loud" and "Photograph"; he also won two awards, Best International Artist and Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group. [undefined] [undefined] On June 27, Sheeran performed as the opening act for The Rolling Stones in their Zip Code Tour date in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. [undefined] From July 10 to July 12, 2015, Sheeran performed sold-out shows at London's Wembley Stadium. The shows, which were announced in November 2014, were part of his world tour. [undefined] The concert was documented and aired on August 16, 2015 on NBC; the one-hour special Ed Sheeran – Live at Wembley Stadium also included behind-the-scenes footage. [undefined]

On September 26, Sheeran performed at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park's Great Lawn in New York, an event organized by Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin, that advocates an end to extreme global poverty. Sheeran headlined the festival along with Beyoncé, Coldplay, and Pearl Jam. The festival was broadcast on NBC in the US on September 27 and the BBC in the UK on September 28. [undefined] Sheeran co-hosted the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards on October 25 in Milan, Italy. [undefined] He won the awards for Best Live Act and Best Live Stage; [undefined] the latter was in recognition for his performance at the 2014 V Festival in England. [undefined] Sheeran won the Breakthrough award at the 2015 Billboard Touring Awards. [undefined]

His single from x, "Thinking Out Loud", earned him two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. In May 2016, x was named the second best selling album worldwide in 2015, behind 25 by Adele. [undefined]

Other ventures

Gingerbread Man Records

In March 2015, Sheeran revealed he was setting up a record label, Gingerbread Man Records, which is a deal with Warner Music Group. [undefined] The label was launched in August 2015 alongside its accompanying YouTube channel. [undefined] Jamie Lawson, the label's first signee, met Sheeran while they were both in London's folk circuit. [undefined] Lawson released his self-titled debut album on October 9, 2015, which has earned him a number one in the UK Albums Chart. [undefined] Sheeran signed his second artist, Foy Vance, in November 2015. [undefined]


Sheeran performed a gig in Bristol, which raised £40,000 for a charity that reaches out to street sex workers. "It's good to show insight that these people are real people with real emotions and they deserve the same charity work as anyone else," Sheeran said. "There's a lot more popular charities that get a lot of attention. And with certain subjects like this they're often washed over and people don't necessarily give them the attention they deserve." Tickets were available to those taking part in the charity's Give it up for One25 campaign by giving something up for 125 hours and hitting the £40,000 fundraising mark. [undefined]

Sheeran frequently gives away his clothes to charity shops around his home county Suffolk.

[undefined] An ambassador for East Anglia's Children's Hospice, he has donated clothes to the St Elizabeth Hospice charity shop in Framlingham, including eight bags of clothes to the shop in February 2014, and eight items of clothing he wore at the 2015 Grammy Awards. [undefined]

On November 15, 2014, Sheeran joined the charity supergroup Band Aid 30 along with other British and Irish pop acts, recording the latest version of the track "Do They Know It's Christmas?" at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, to raise money for the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. [undefined]

In November 2015, Sheeran supported the No Cold Homes campaign by the UK charity, Turn2us. [undefined] Sheeran was one of nearly thirty celebrities, which included Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and Hugh Laurie, to donate items of winter clothing to the campaign, with the proceeds used to help people in the UK struggling to keep their home warm in winter. [undefined]

Personal life


Ed Sheeran has an older brother named Matthew, who was born on March 17, 1989.

[undefined] Matthew studied music, as well, and is formally trained classical composer.

Ed's parents are London-born.

His father (John Sheeran) is an art curator and lecturer, and his mother (Imogen Sheeran) is a culture publicist turned jewellery designer.

[undefined] Together, they ran Sheeran Lock, an independent art consultancy, from 1990 to 2010.


His paternal grandparents were Irish; [undefined] [undefined] according to Sheeran, his father hailed from "a very large"Catholic family. [undefined] His paternal grandfather, Bill, was a Protestant and his wife, Ann, was Catholic. Bill and Ann retired in Gorey, County Wexford. [undefined]


In early 2011, after securing recording and publishing deals, Sheeran purchased a farm near Framlingham, Suffolk, and had it renovated.

He has stated that he hopes to raise a family there.

[undefined] [undefined] He also bought a house in south London in early 2014. [undefined] Sheeran lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee and Los Angeles for the duration of 2013. [undefined] Sheeran is the second cousin of broadcaster Gordon Burns, [undefined] who hosted the British game show The Krypton Factor

Sheeran was in a relationship with Scottish singer-songwriter, Nina Nesbitt (who was in his music video for "Drunk") in 2012, before breaking up. [undefined] Nesbitt is the subject of Sheeran's songs, "Nina" and "Photograph", while most of Nesbitt's album, Peroxide , is about Sheeran. [undefined] In January 2014, Sheeran started dating Athina Andrelos, who works for British celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver. [undefined] She is the inspiration for Sheeran's song, "Thinking Out Loud". [undefined] They broke up in February 2015. [undefined] As of September 2015, Sheeran is dating his former high school friend, Cherry Seaborn. [undefined]

In June 2015, Forbes listed his earnings at $57 million for the previous 12 months and ranked him the 27th-highest-earning celebrity in the world.

[undefined] On October 19, 2015, Sheeran received an honorary degree from the University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich for his "outstanding contribution to music". [undefined] Sheeran commented: "Suffolk is very much where I call home. Receiving this recognition is a real privilege." [undefined]


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Headlining act

    • Tour (2011–13)
  • × Tour (2014–15)

Opening act

  • Snow Patrol's Fallen Empires Tour (North American select dates) (2012)

  • Taylor Swift's The Red Tour (all North American dates) (2013)

  • The Rolling Stones'Zip Code Tour (Kansas City only)

See Also:

  • List of awards and nominations received by Ed Sheeran

  • List of Official Subscription Plays Chart number-one songs of the 2010s


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