Edward Christopher Sheeran was born in Halifax, February 17, 1991 in West Yorkshire to Irish and English parents, before moving to Framlingham, Suffolk;
he is a cousin of TV journalist and presenter Gordon Burns.
He learned guitar at a very young age, and began writing songs during his time at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham.
Sheeran began recording in 2005, which led to the release of his first EP, The Orange Room EP. Sheeran also released 2 albums, a self-titled one in 2006
and Want Some? in 2007. He moved to London in 2008 to play gigs, starting off in very small venues, playing every day, to as little as five people.
In 2008, he auditioned for the ITV series Britannia High.
In 2009, he released another EP, You Need Me, just before going on tour with Just Jack. He also did a few collaborations with Leddra Chapman, including
a cover of Cee Lo Green's Fuck You.
In February 2010 he released his critically acclaimed Loose Change EP, which featured his later debut single "The A Team".
In April 2010, after leaving his old management company, Sheeran played open mic nights all over the city, before his talent was spotted at The Foxxhole
by Jamie Foxx, who was so impressed that he offered Sheeran the use of his recording studio and the run of his Hollywood home for the rest of his stay.
Throughout 2010, Sheeran began to be seen by more people over the internet through YouTube and his fan-base grew, with him also getting credit from
The Independent newspaper, England football captain Rio Ferdinand and Elton John. Sheeran also self-released two other EPs in 2010; Ed Sheeran: Live at
the Bedford and Songs I Wrote With Amy, which is a collection of love songs he wrote in Wales with fellow singer songwriter Amy Wadge.
Manchester Dot to Dot Festival on 30 May 2011
On 8 January 2011, Sheeran released his final independent EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project featuring appearances by grime artists including Wiley, JME,
Devlin, Sway and Ghetts. With this EP, Sheeran gained mainstream attention for reaching number 2 in the iTunes chart without any promotion or label,
selling over 7,000 copies in its first week
Top 10 hits
1. Everything has changed (Collaboration with Taylor Swift)
2. Give me love
3. Lego house
4. The A team
5. No diggity & Thrift shop (feat. Passenger)
6. Wish you was here
7. Kiss me
9. Wake me up
10. You need me I don’t need you
1. + (2011)
2. Songs I wrote with Amy
3. Loose change (2010)
4. No. 5 collaborations
5. Live at the Bedford
Sales & Worldwide status
The album + in the first-week of sales exceeded 102,000 copies. The
album performed well in the US peaking at number 5, selling 42,000