Ed Sheeran is one of the biggest artists in the music scene right now – thanks to his hit songs like “The A Team”, and of course, “Thinking Out Loud”.

Everyone who has made it big has an interesting background story of their journey! There’s many things we don’t know about this amazingly talented singer-songwriter!

Early Life

Edward Christopher ‘Ed’ Sheeran was born on 17th of February, 1991 in Hebden Bridge, Halifax, West Yorkshire but his family soon moved to Framlingham in Suffolk. He has an older brother, Matthew who has studied music at university and is now a classical composer. Ed Sheeran was born to John and Imogen Sheeran, an art curator and a jewelry designer respectively.

Ed was interested in music at a very early age and began singing in the local church choir at the age of four and was playing the guitar as well. Ed was at the Thomas Mills High School when he started writing his own songs. He also attended the National youth Theatre in London as a teenager.

Struggle in his own words

Tales of struggling musicians are nothing new, but Ed Sheeran has revealed he roughed it for years before he became one of the biggest names in pop.

There have been exaggerated reports that Sheeran spent time as a homeless teenager on the streets of London, but in reality the middle-class British singer-songwriter was essentially couch-surfing while trying to forge a career in music.

In his new book, A Visual Journey, describes how he spent years drifting as he struggled to make it in the music industry.

“I didn’t have anywhere to live for much of 2008 and the whole of 2009 and 2010, but somehow I made it work,” he says in the book. “I knew where I could get a bed at a certain time of night and I knew who I could call at any time to get a floor to sleep on. Being sociable helped. Drinking helped.”

On one occasion, he spent a couple of nights sleeping outside Buckingham Palace, a location he returned to in 2012 to play at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. In the book, he writes: “There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there. That’s where I wrote the song Homeless and the lines ‘It’s not a homeless night for me, I’m just home less than I’d like to be’…”

Sheeran also slept on trains on the London Underground because it was warmer than the streets.
“I’d go out and play a gig, wait until 5am when the Underground opened, sleep on the Circle Line until 12, go to a session – and then repeat. It wasn’t that bad. It’s not like I was sleeping rough on the cold streets…

Acheivements

Ed Sheeran is the recipient of various acclaimed and popular music awards as well as many other accolades, especially for his excellent achievement in the music industry.
In 2012, Ed received the British Breakthrough Act and the British Solo Male Artist awards by the BRIT academy.

  • In 2015, Ed won the Favorite Male Artist in Pop/Rock award by the American Music Awards.
  • In 2014, Ed received the BBC Music Award for the British Artist of the Year.
  • In 2013-2014, Ed received the Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BMI) Award for the Pop Song Award for four of his singles.
  • In 2011, Ed also won the BT Digital Music Award for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
  • In 2015-2016, Ed received the Echo Award for the Best International Rock/Pop Male Artist, one in each year.
  • In 2016, Ed received the Grammy Award for Song of the Year (‘Thinking Out Loud’) and the Best Pop Solo Performance award as well.

The most recent estimate of Sheeran’s wealth put his earnings last year at £5 million ($9.3 million).