Ed SHEERAN biography

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A unique combination of folk, hip-hop and er, gingerness, the un-popstar-looking Englishman ED SHEERAN is a refreshing and multi-talented acquisition to the modern era’s staid X-Factor-fixated music biz. Now something of a collaborative workhorse; a guest of US stars such as TAYLOR SWIFT, WRETCH 32 and Devlin, among others, Ed has went from champion of the collegiate nu-coffeehouse grime scene to a fave among L.A. glitterati such as Jamie Foxx. It was the latter actor/singer and a certain Sir ELTON JOHN that gave him his initial break across the Big Pond – a “+” in anyone’s career one can truly say.
Born Edward Christopher Sheeran, 17th February 1991, Halifax, West Yorkshire, his move to London was indeed essential in giving him the courage to succeed. A self-financed album, ED SHEERAN (2006) {*5}, a handful of EPs and an inspirational YouTube introduction (performing `You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’) helped tens of thousands get an eyeful of the flame-haired singer-songwriter. Intelligent and witty songs were the lad’s forte, and at only 19 he secured a deal with Asylum/Atlantic Records; “The No.5 Collaborations Project” (in early 2011 with other up and coming pop artists) garnering a UK Top 50 position.
On the back of a couple of massive hits, `The A Team’ (about a junkie prostitute) and the aforementioned `You Need Me…’, anticipation for his solo debut proper, + (2011) {*7}, led to the record eventually hitting UK pole position. Released the following April in the US, it also cracked the Top 5. With DAMIEN RICE conspicuous by his absence in recent times, the 300-gigs a year and Festival-friendly SHEERAN was more than happy to lap up any ailing and foreboding fans. Namechecking “Shrek” on the delightful `Wake Me Up’, and going full-tilt and tongue-twisting on `U.N.I.’ (one of several scribed with co-producer/multi-instrumentalist Jake Gosling), SHEERAN showed he could pull off most anything given the opportunity. While one can still find his album gracing the charts two years later, Ed was gearing up for his sophomore effort.
Simply titled, X (2014) {*7}, the transatlantic chart-topping set saw Ed work with Midas-touch PHARRELL WILLIAMS on global smash, `Sing’, while other collaborators to sign in were Benjamin Levin (on `Don’t’), Amy Wadge (`Thinking Out Loud’), RUDIMENTAL and SNOW PATROL’s Gary Lightbody (on `Bloodstream’), plus a handful with Johnny McDaid and/or FOY VANCE. Compared to the likes of JASON MRAZ, DAVID GRAY and COLDPLAY’s Chris Martin, the sensitive SHEERAN and his trusty acoustic guitar play for the rootsy rap/hip hop in-crowd, rambling and swaying like some soul veteran twice his age.
© MCS Jul2013-Nov2014

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