Ed Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is a British singer-songwriter popular for his singles ‘The A Team’, ‘Lego House’ and ‘Sing’.
Net Worth: Sheeran has a net worth of $35 million (2016) according to various sources.
Childhood: Ed was born in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. His parents are art curator John Sheeran and jewelry designer Imogen Lock. While still a young child, Sheeran moved with his family to Framlingham, Suffolk. Sheeran was raised a Roman Catholic and joined a church choir at 4-years-old. He attended Thomas Mills High School where he began playing guitar and songwriting. He later became a part of the National Youth Theatre. One of his best childhood memories was seeing Damien Rice live in Ireland.
Musical career: Ed released his debut EP ‘The Orange Room’ in 2005. In 2008, he relocated to London in search of live gigs, playing almost every single day of the year in 2009 before later hitting the road with Just Jack. After posting a SB.TV video, he went on tour with Example. In 2010, he unveiled his ‘Loose Change’ EP which featured the original version of his multi-platinum song ‘The A Team’. That year, he met Jamie Foxx while doing open mic nights in LA, and subsequently began recording in his studio while staying at his house. Sheeran broke into the mainstream in 2011 with his ‘No. 5 Collaborations Project’ EP featuring Wiley, Devlin, Ghetts and others. He soon signed to Asylum/Atlantic Records and released debut album ‘+’ which included singles ‘Drunk’, ‘The A Team’, ‘Lego House’ and ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’. The album topped the UK charts and became the ninth best-selling album of the year.
Ed Sheeran co-wrote the One Direction song ‘Moments’, released in 2011. The following year, he received two BRIT Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough of the Year. He then set out on a tour of the US with Snow Patrol. That year, his track ‘Give Me Love’ aired on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ episode ‘Dangerous Liaisons’. He was chosen to perform at both the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 and the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. He collaborated with Taylor Swift on her song ‘Everything Has Changed’ and even wrote One Direction’s number one hit ‘Little Things’. He performed alongside Elton John at the 2013 Grammys when the singer couldn’t get Sheeran a solo spot. He set out on tour with Taylor Swift in 2013 and that year featured on Lupe Fiasco’s song ‘Old School Love’ and Naughty Boy’s ‘Top Floor (Cabana)’.
In 2014, he contributed the song ‘I See Fire’ to the end credits of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ and released his second number one album ‘X’, produced by Rick Rubin. The album peaked at number one in the UK Album chart and in the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Sing’ was the album’s lead single and gained Sheeran his first number one in the UK.
In 2015 Ed won British Male solo Artist and British Album of the year for ‘X’. He also co-hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards in the same year. He embarked on a year-long hiatus in December.