Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, in 1991, Ed Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter, record producer and guitarist. Sheeran rose to fame in 2012 in the US, when he made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, Red. Soon after this, he got to perform at the 2013 Grammy Awards alongside Elton John.
To date, Sheeran has released three albums and all of them have been major successes. His singles “Shape of You,” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Castle on the Hill” have given him international fame and success, making it to the top of the charts in several countries, including the UK, Germany and Australia.
Ed Sheeran has performed alongside various big names and has made quite a name for himself in the music industry in a short amount of time.
His North American tour is currently underway and it comes as no surprise that Ed Sheeran tickets are selling out fast.
Early Life and Influences
Raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, Ed Sheeran got involved in music at a young age. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Surrey as an undergraduate in 2009. Sheeran’s early influences are Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton and the album that first introduced him to music was Irish Heartbeat by Van Morrison. During his childhood years, his father took him to various live concerts of Paul McCartney and Damien Rice. Other artists that Sheeran cites as influences on his work include The Beatles, Nizlopi and Eminem. He released his first EP called No. 5 Collaborations Project, independently.
Ed Sheeran started out by releasing an independent collection called Spinning Man. He played a gig in Cambridge and then moved to London. Here he started playing at small venues. He released another EP called You Need Me, in 2009 and embarked on a tour with Just Jack. In February 2010, he released his critically acclaimed EP called Loose Change thatfeatured his future debut single, “The A Team”. With his YouTube presence growing, Sheeran started getting noticed by various celebrities in the sports and entertainment industry. After this, he released his EP, No.5 Collaborations Project and gained mainstream attention.
Ed Sheeran’s breakthrough came with the release of his debut album under Asylum Records. The album called “+” was released in September 2011 and has since been certified seven times platinum in his home country. The single “The A Team” from this album became a hit and won Sheeran the Ivor Novello Award for the Best Song Musically and Lyrically. Singles “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” and “Lego House” also peaked charts in various countries. The album received largely favorable reviews from music critics and debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart, selling over 102,000 copies. As of March 2012, the album had sold almost 1,021,072 copies in the UK alone.
Sheeran won the Brit Awards for the British Breakthrough Act of the Year and the Best British Male Solo Artist in 2012.
Soon after this phenomenal success, Sheeran was contacted by Taylor Swift. He made contributions to the music on Swift’s album, Red and also contributed two songs to the debut album of One Direction’s second studio album, Take Me Home. At the 2014 Grammy Awards, Sheeran got nominated for the Best New Artist.
Riding on success, Sheeran began working on his next album. His second studio album called “x” was released all across the world on 23rd June, 2014. The album featured multiple tracks produced by big names in the industry such as Rick Rubin, Benny Blanco and Pharrell Williams. “x” peaked at number one in both the US and the UK and was followed by an extensive world tour that kicked off in Japan. Singles released from this album, including “Don’t” and “Thinking Out Loud” were released in September 2012 and were both huge successes. With 860 million combined streams on Spotify, this album was named the most streamed album. In the same year, “x” made Sheeran the biggest selling artist on iTunes in the UK, New Zealand and Ireland.
The album also got Ed Sheeran a nomination for the Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards along with other honors. In 2016, Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” got him two Grammy Awards – Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Hiatus and the Latest Album
After a hiatus that lasted a year, Sheeran announced the release of a new album via Twitter. The new album, his third one so far, was released on March, 3, 2017, and debuted at No.1 in multiple countries including the US and the UK. With more than 672,000 record sales in first week of its release, “÷” became the fastest selling album by a male solo artist in the UK. Singles from this album, “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” were both chart toppers. Both singles broke records on Spotify with a total of 13 million streams in 24 hours. “Shape of You” peaked the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Ed Sheeran - The North American Tour 2017 and Europe 2018
Ed Sheeran is now going to travel across the US and Europe to bring some of his best music to his fans. The shows are going to last all through September 2017 till August 2018, and will take place in various states, including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, etc.
If you happen to be in or around these states, you have got to get your Ed Sheeran 2017 North American tour tickets!
Other than the US, Ed Sheeran will also travel to Europe and beyond.