Biography of Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran – English singer-songwriter, multiple Grammy winner, famous for hits “Thinking Out Loud” (“Thinking out loud”), “Photograph” (“Photography”), “The A Team” (“Team “A”) , and later thundered with the songs “Shape of You” and “Perfect”.
British musician Ed Sheeran
His albums with exclusive titles in the form of signs of mathematical operations of addition, multiplication and division – “+”, “x” and “÷” – at various times topped the national hit parade of the UK Albums Chart. The last of the mentioned discs in 2017 also became the first in the authoritative Billboard 200 chart and charts in Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden.
Ed Sheeran’s songs are known and loved all over the world
Childhood of Ed Sheeran
The future singer was born on February 7, 1991 in the English city of Halifax, West Yorkshire. His parents John and Imogen Sheeran were London-born art consultants. Shortly after his birth, the family, including little Ed and his older brother Matthew, moved to Framlingham, Suffolk. Matthew, like Ed, later devoted himself to music – he became a composer of the classical instrumental genre.
Childhood photo of Ed Sheeran
Grandfather and grandmother on the line of the musician’s father were Irish, perhaps from them he inherited the red hair color.
Redhead Ed Sheeran is half Irish
The boy’s love for singing and music was discovered at a very early age. At the age of 4, he already sang in the church choir. Then he learned to play the guitar, while studying at Thomas Mills High School he began to write his own songs.
Ed Sheeran in childhood and now
On weekends, parents often took their sons to concerts of famous performers, attending which was part of their official duties. The singer recalled that as a child he was particularly impressed by the concert of rock legend Eric Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall, the Damien Rice show in Ireland, the fantastic performance of Paul McCartney in Birmingham, as well as concerts by Bob Dylan and Eminem.
Ed Sheeran with his parents and older brother
As a teenager, Ed moved to London to come to grips with creativity. He perfected his performing talent at the National Youth Theatre, where he was accepted as a teenager, gave hundreds of concerts at small amateur venues, and was famous for numerous online performances.
Ed Sheeran gave his first concerts as a schoolboy
At the age of 14, the tireless musician began releasing several mini-albums, the so-called EP. In particular, in 2005 his first mini-album “The Orange Room” was released.
In 2008, two significant events took place in the life of the 17-year-old artist: he performed as a guitarist opening for his idols, the alternative band Nizlopi, and became a student at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
During his studies, he played more than three hundred concerts, toured with musician Just Jack, sang several songs with Leddra Chapman and rapper Example, and also released the mini-album “Loose Change”.
British stage star
In 2010, he went to conquer the United States without a contract or offers, just buying a ticket to Los Angeles. He promoted his work by performing at various city venues. A capable and purposeful young man attracted the attention of Oscar-winning Jamie Foxx. The actor was so impressed with Ed’s talent that he invited him first to his radio show “The Foxxhole”, and then to his home recording studio.
Ed Sheeran and his patron Jamie Foxx
Meanwhile, the singer’s army of fans grew significantly, and he was offered a contract by Atlantic Records. After that, he started working on his first full-length disc “+”, which was ready by September 2011.
Since its release, the debut disc has been certified platinum seven times in the UK (awarded when selling more than 300,000 copies). His lead single “The A Team” became a worldwide hit and brought the singer an Ivor Novello award in the form of a statuette of the muse of poetry, Euterpe. The song, a lyrical ballad about a prostitute addicted to crack, was inspired by his visit to a homeless shelter.
In 2012, the singer performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in the capital of the United Kingdom. As part of a group of performers, he sang a composition from the repertoire of the legendary Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here”.
Ed Sheeran at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics
In 2013, his “The A Team” received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year, but lost out to “We Are Young” by American indie band Fun. During the awards ceremony, the Briton performed his hit with Elton John, and the cult rock artist himself invited him to sing a duet.
Pictured: Ed Sheeran and Elton John at the Grammys
While working on the next studio album, the artist collaborated with many famous musicians. So, he participated in Snow Patrol concerts as part of their North American tour, also performed on tours by Passenger, The Rolling Stones and country star Taylor Swift, for whom he wrote the track “Everything Has Changed”.
Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are good friends
He then co-wrote “Little Things” by the boy band One Direction, recorded “I See Fire” on the soundtrack of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and “Sing” with Pharrell Williams. In addition, he gave 3 grandiose concerts at the New York sports complex Madison Square Garden, tickets for which were sold out instantly.
In June 2014, a new album “x” was presented to the audience. He rocked the music world again, topping the Billboard 200 and many other charts, winning a Brit Award and a new BBC Music Corporation award. After its release, a wax figure of Ed Sheeran appeared in the branch of Madame Tussauds in New York.
Ed Sheeran and his wax replica
He made a tour in support of the disc, which started in Japan, continued in Europe, the United States, Asia, and ended in 2015 in New Zealand. The tour included three large-scale performances by the artist at London’s Wembley, which were sold out.
In 2016, the single from the second disc “Thinking Out Loud” brought Ed a victory in two Grammy categories. His clip in the first day after the release scored more than two and a half million views on YouTube, subsequently the number of viewers over a billion.
After the tour, Sheeran announced his decision to put his eventful career on hold.
Since 2014, the fantastically successful artist has appeared in cameos in the television series Shortland Street, Home and Away, and Undating. In addition, he played in the historical drama The Bastard Executioner. In 2016, the musician took the 3rd position in the ranking of the richest English celebrities under 30 according to Heat magazine – that year Ed earned $ 59 million, losing only to the brilliant Adele in her homeland, whose bank account has $ 114 million, and Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the adaptations of the Harry Potter stories, with $92 million.
Ed Sheeran’s personal life
The musician, whose popularity is comparable only to Adele and Taylor Swift, is not married. While studying at school for four years, he met with a classmate, but a busy musical career did not allow him to concentrate on his personal life.
Charming Ed Sheeran is shy to communicate with girls
As it turned out, the singer, who considers himself a clumsy fat man, never felt confident in relations with the fair sex. The press knows about three of his novels.
Early in his career, he dated Scottish model and singer Nina Nesbitt, who inspired his songs “Nina”, “Photograph” and “Friends”. It is assumed that he dedicated his first studio album “+” to her. In turn, Nina’s album “Peroxide” is largely dedicated to Ed.
Nina Nesbitt, Ed Sheeran’s first girlfriend
From 2014 to 2015, Ed Sheeran dated the Greek woman Athena Andrelos, who inspired him to create the hit “Thinking Out Loud”.
Ed Sheeran and Athena Andrelos on vacation
During a creative break, Ed had a lover, hockey player Cherry Seaborn. They had known her since their school days, but only in 2015 did their relationship move to a higher level. He dedicated the song “Perfect”, included in the third album, to his chosen one. In January 2018, Sheeran announced his engagement, and it took place in August of the same year. In August 2023, the couple had a child – a girl, Laira Antarctica.
Cherry Seaborn, Sheeran’s new girlfriend
The young man is distinguished by a combination of rare talent, exceptional diligence and extraordinary charm. Thanks to this, he has a lot of fans and many star friends. Among them is Harry Styles, to whom he personally made a lock-shaped tattoo on his arm, the famous Taylor Swift, in memory of the concerts with which he made himself a tattoo of “RED” (the name of one of her albums).
Ed Sheeran tattoos
Among the singer’s friends are the Irish musician Foy Vance, who accompanied him during the tour and performed as an opening act, and the actor Rupert Grint, known for his role as red-haired Ron in the Harry Potter films and starring in the video for the song “Lego House”.
The young talent’s favorite dish is Portuguese-style chicken, and his favorite rapper is Kendrick Lamar.
In collaboration with childhood friend Philip Buta, the singer wrote and published the autobiographical book A Visual Journey, which can be not only interesting, but also useful for novice musicians.
All four guitars of the performer have their own names: Cyril, Felix, Lloyd and Nigel.
Ed Sheeran now. “÷”
In 2016, Ed Sheeran “came out” of a creative pause, and already in January 2017, the single “Shape of You”, included in the third disc of the singer “÷”, again had a stunning success – it became the leader of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and took first place on sales in the homeland of the singer and in the United States. Reviews of it noted that this composition differs significantly from the previous works of the author, that it is more impressive and mobile. Sheeran originally created it for Rihanna, but later decided to perform the song himself.
During the same period, two of the singer’s songs, “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill”, peaked at number one and two respectively on the UK Singles Chart. Thus, for the first time in the history of the country, the first two lines of the UK hit parade simultaneously featured works by the same author.
Released in March, the disc “÷” again became No. 1 in the lists of the most popular musical groups in the USA, Canada, Italy, Germany and other countries. In Britain, in the first week of sales, about 670,000 copies of it were sold. The best result was previously shown only by Adele with the album “25” (800 thousand) and the group Oasis with “Be Here Now” (700 thousand). It has been certified platinum twice in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Ed Sheeran and Maisie Williams
As it became known, the singer was invited to star in the next season of the fantasy series Game of Thrones. The patronage of the performer was made by a big fan of the musician Maisie Williams, who embodies the image of Arya Stark in the film.
There was a funny incident at the Grammy Awards in early 2018. Ed Sheeran, presented in several categories and eventually won the award for “Best Pop Album of the Year” and “Best Pop Performance” (Shape of You), beating the likes of Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and Pink … just not came to the ceremony! Later, the singer explained this by saying that he overslept such a solemn event and found out about his awards only the next day from the news.