May 12, 2014 07:53 PM EDT
Ed Sheeran is a British singer-songwriter who has hit singles like "The A Team" and "Lego House."
Hs full name is Edward Christopher Sheeran.
Ed was born February 17, 1991.
He was born in Halifax, England but grew up in Framlingham in Suffolk.
His father is is an art curator and lecturer and his mom is a jewelry designer.
Ed went to Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham. When he was being interviewed on The Johnathan Ross Show in 2012, Ed showed Jonathan a picture of one of his former teachers, Mr Wheeler, because he thought they looked alike.
His love for music begin at a very young age, singing in the church choir at the age of 4. He learned guitar at a young age as well.
Music runs in his family - his older brother Matthew is a composer of classical music.
Ed Sheeran began to record his own songs at a very young age. In 2005 he released The Orange Room EP which features four tracks - I Love You, Addicted, Misery and Moody Ballad Of Ed.
Ed's next album was released in 2006 and was named "Ed Sheeran".
It featured tracks such as Open Your Ears, Beyond The Pale and Insomniac's Lullaby.
Sheeran moved to London in 2008, and in 2009 he played more than 300 live shows and gigs.
He released the EPs You Need Me in 2009 and Loose Change in 2010.
His 2011 EP No. 5 Collaborations Project was the record that firmly established Ed Sheeran in the pop music mainstream - it charted at number 2 in the iTunes download chart even though Ed wasn't signed by a record label.
His debut album (not including self-released records) was called +.
All four of Ed's guitars have names...they are Lloyd, Felix, Cyril, and Nigel.
Ed shared his writing skills with boy-band One Direction co-writing the song "Moments" for their debut album which was released in November of 2011.
He is 5' 10" tall.
Ed was nominated for a GRAMMY for Song of the Year for his hit single "The A Team," but lost to Fun. for "We Are Young."
Ed performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. What an honor!
Ed wears size 10 (UK) shoes.
His favorite rapper is Eminem and has said he would love to meet him one day.
The video for Lego House features Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter movies).
Sheeran briefly dated Australian Big Brother star, Camilla Severi. They are no longer together, but remain friends.
His track "Little Lady" was a dark reworking of "The A Team" featuring rapper Mikill Pane. Listen to it below:
Amongst Sheeran's tattoos are a ketchup bottle and a cup of tea.
He shares the same birthday as Paris Hilton.
Elton John is a massive Ed Sheeran fan - they dueted at the Grammy Awards.
Ed lists some of his musical influences as The Beatles and Van Morisson.
One of his favorite TV shows is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and to show his love, he even has the word Prince tattooed on his arm.
Sheeran wrote "Small Bump" about his friends losing a child. "I wrote it from their perspective. It was my perspective looking on them to begin with. It's quite a touchy subject, so I wrote it from the perspective of actually being the parent."
He is the proud holder of a Nando's Black card. "I've got one, yeah. It's sick. I got it a couple of months ago and I've been rinsing it. I always go for medium, though. I like to enjoy my food rather than just challenging myself. I mean I can handle it, but I can't handle the next day, when, er, you know, it resurfaces."
He likes to keep his facial stubble because it makes him look older. He told the Telegraph, "I look about 12 when I shave."
He see's all his music in colors. "All my songs have colours..."You Need Me I Don't Need You" for example is "aubergine". It's a sad song about struggling."
Taylor Swift contacted Sheeran after hearing his music while touring Australia in March 2012. He later co-wrote and provided vocals for "Everything Has Changed", a single featured on Swift's fourth album Red. Released in October 2012, it was the biggest-selling new album of 2012 and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Sheeran got a Red tattoo to mark the career opportunity and remarked, "I think Taylor's just opening up a lot of doors and it's up to me to make sure that I get through to them. It's a massive opportunity for me and I want to make sure to grab it with both hands."
Sheeran released his first single in two years, "I See Fire", to be featured in the end credits of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as well as on the film's soundtrack. Although it appears on the deluxe edition of Sheeran's upcoming album, "I See Fire" is not being used to promote x.
Sheeran's second studio album is titled x (read as "multiply"), and is scheduled for a worldwide release on 23 June 2014. He recorded the album in Los Angeles with legendary producer Rick Rubin, who advised Sheeran to record the album acoustically with a good mood; extra instrumentation was added later.
He is a philanthropist. Sheeran performed a gig in Bristol, which raised £40,000 for a charity that reaches out to street sex workers. "It's good to show insight that these people are real people with real emotions and they deserve the same charity work as anyone else," Sheeran said. "There's a lot more popular charities that get a lot of attention. And with certain subjects like this they're often washed over and people don't necessarily give them the attention they deserve."
In 2012, Sheeran purchased a farm near Framlingham, Suffolk where he grew up, which is currently undergoing renovation. He has stated that he hopes to raise a family there.