Edward Christopher Sheeran, known worldwide as Ed Sheeran, was born on February 17, 1991 in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. As a child, he sang in his church choir (from the early age of 4) and learned to play the guitar. As a teenager, he attended the Academy of Contemporary Music. He got Elton John’s and Jamie Foxx’s attention in 2011 when he released No. 5 Collaborations Project. After this, he signed with Asylum Records and released +, which went on to be certified seven-times platinum in the UK with singles such as “The A Team”.
Ed Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act in 2012, and afterwards gained international attention for his music. His single “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. It was during this show that Elton John joined him to perform the song. During 2013, he was also Taylor Swift’s opening act on the North American leg of The Red Tour. In addition, he sold-out three headline shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Sheeran released his next album, x, in 2014 – which hit number one in both the U.S. and UK. A single from the album, “Thinking Out Loud”, won him Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards.
His third album, ÷, was released in March 2017. “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” were the first two singles released from ÷, and they shattered records across the globe by debuting in the top two positions on the charts. With these singles, Sheeran also became the only artist to have two songs in the U.S. top 10. He has said that Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Eminem are some of his biggest musical influences.