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Ed Sheeran almost couldn’t believe that one of his musical idols, Pharrell, was asking to record with him. He was a little taken aback and didn’t really know how to respond. Of course, he said yes, and is now reaping a lot of benefits from their collaboration. The album Pharrell helped him on, X, was number one in over a dozen countries and caused a certain buzz about the English singer songwriter. Ed Sheeran’s music is edgy, catchy, and a just a new brand of pop that we haven’t really heard before. That's probably the reason it is up for Album of the Year at the Grammy's this Sunday.
Only 23 years old, Ed grew up in England singing in his church’s choir and writing music from a very young age. I think that’s what sets Ed apart from other artists- he is an extremely talented songwriter. Ed knew he wanted to be a professional musician so that’s pretty much what he focused on from the moment of realization. He attended music schools and moved to London to really get his career to take off. Through a combination of hard work playing small gigs around London, to word of mouth, Ed released his first single, “The A Team” in 2011. If you listen to that song now, you can hear how Ed’s music has evolved so much. People did see massive potential with his first album, + , so his 2nd album was highly anticipated and paid off.
I’m excited to see what else Ed does. He is a very talented guy and I think his sound will just keep evolving, giving us a ton of great music in the future.
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