e's the tattoo painted, guitar superstar who can't seem to do any wrong. Yes, I'm talking about Ed Sheeran.
Born Edward Christopher Sheeran on 17th February 1991 in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Ed Sheeran sang in his local church choir and then learnt to play guitar at a young age. Fast forward 20 years to 2011, he independently released the extended play (EP) No Collaborations Project and then signed with record company Asylum Records. His debut album + was released in September 2011. It topped the UK and Austrailian charts and hit number five in the USA. It has since gone seven times platinum in the UK. His next album, x was released in June 2014 and most recently, released in March 2017, was ÷ which, up to now, I think is his best. He's also won a string of awards along the way including an Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for the single 'A Team'. He won two Brit Awards in 2012 for Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Artist. 'A Team' was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammys. He received an MBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.
He's played to millions in sell-out tours around the world and also headlined Glastonbury in 2017. In March 2017, Ed broke DJ Calvin Harris's record of most singles from one album in the UK chart at one time.
So, my top five songs are:
This song is probably Ed's most successful and known song to date. He wrote this romantic, soulful tune with Bristol singer-songwriter Amy Wadge, who he previously wrote with on his 2010 EP Songs I Wrote with Amy. This song was inspired by his then-girlfriend.
Released in 2011 from his + album, this song reached number five in the UK. In the music video, Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint (aka Ron Weasley) appears as a play on their similar appearance.
My final three are from the ÷ album:
This one, I think is, apart from my final song, one of the more emotional and heartfelt songs lyrically and it's very relatable. It charted in the UK at number six. It's about looking back at an early relationship and, despite being initially angry and bitter due to the break-up, later realising that his first love was happier with someone else.
Charting at number 14, Ed wrote this one with Snow Patrol band member Johnny Mcdaid. The song reveals personal details about his life and it was an opportunity for him to talk about things that happened in his life five years previously that he'd not talked about. The line "but I hope that Damien's proud" is a reference to Damien Rice, band member of 90s rock group Juniper. Ed regards him as an influence on his music.
I think I've left one of the very best songs until last. 'Perfect' was one of, if not the most, popular songs from his latest album ÷. It entered the UK chart at number four and eventually reached number one in December 2017. This song will always have an emotional impact on me as it reminds me of a few people in my life. Ed released a few different versions of this track dueting with American singer Beyonce and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
So, that's it Ed's career and music history. Before I finish I wanted to give two special people, and fellow Sheeran fans, a mention. Cerys for being the best cousin in the world and Lloyd for being one of the best and closest friends anyone could ask for. I love you both and more because you both have a love for the main man too!
Us "Sheerios" look forward to hearing more inspiring music from the guitar genius in the future!