Singer Ed Sheeran is turning 31 today!
The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, on February 17, 1991. He was raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, where he began writing songs at the age of 11.
Ed Sheeran: From + To =
In 2011, Ed Sheeran signed with Asylum Records and released his debut album + (plus). It topped the U.K. albums chart and his hit single “The A Team” made him an international success. In 2012, he won the BRIT Award for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
In 2014, Sheeran again topped the chart with his second debut album, x (multiply). A year later, it won Album of the Year at the 2015 BRIT Awards. He also received the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. His hit single “Thinking Out Loud” earned him two 2016 Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Solo Pop Performance.
In 2017, he released his third album, ÷ (divide). It was the best-selling album across the globe in 2017. His two singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect” were standouts from the album. Later that year, he was named the Global Recording Artist of the Year. In 2019, he released his fourth studio album “No.6 Collaborations Project” before releasing his fifth studio album, = (equals), in 2021.
Sheeran is one of the world’s best-selling artists. He has sold over 150 million records worldwide and two of his albums are on the list of the best-selling albums in U.K. chart history. In 2019, the Official Charts Company named him Artist of the Decade. Spotify has also named him the second most-streamed artist of the decade.
There are too many amazing Ed Sheeran songs to list, so we decided to take a look at some of his best live performances! Have a listen!
‘The A Team’
Here’s just a casual reminder that Ed Sheeran created “The A Team” when he was only 19 years old!
“Most talented person ever. the voice, the guitar, the looper, the heart, sometimes the raps. he is the best artist of his time hands down,” one fan wrote.
“You know a true artist when their music takes you to places and gives you feelings you can’t even describe… This guy is a genius, that’s it,” another shared.
“This song is absolutely beautiful, and I personally love the video, but Ed has so amazing voice, that I can’t stop listening this version,” another commented. “I love you Ed. Thank you for this beautiful songs you brought to life.”
One of Sheeran’s most underrated songs might be “Lego House.” This live version really makes it shine!
“I love this song. It’s so sweet and meaningful,” one fan commented. “It just seems to show the depth of love between a guy & girl. I just love how the lyrics aren’t just fluff; they seem like real experiences of love.”
“First song that actually made me fall in love with Ed. Still love it,” another fan wrote. “Can’t get enough of this bad— ginger.”
“This song is amazing as it is, but hearing him sing it live like this makes it even more amazing!” another shared. “My absolute favorite song by Ed! Shout out to the redheads!!!!!!!”
‘Give Me Love’
This song has become a wedding song staple! “Give Me Love” might just be the most romantic song that Ed’s ever written (aside from “Tenerife Sea”, of course!) .
“Sometimes I have to come back and remind myself where my love for Ed Sheeran started. It’s somehow easy to forget what a musical genius he is– he makes it all look so effortless,” one fan commented. “It doesn’t quite get much better than this.”
“This performance is so incredible. No matter how many times I listen to it, I am still impressed every time I listen to it as if I’m hearing it for the first time,” another fan shared.
“This song wasn’t given enough credit,” another wrote. “It’s such a beautiful song and he sang it with so much emotion. It still touches my soul.”
‘I See Fire’
Featured on the soundtrack for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” fans can’t get enough of this gentle folk ballad!
“As an Ed Sheeran and Tolkien fan, listening to this blend of music and lore is simply fantastic. When reading Tolkien, poems and songs are part of the story, and I See Fire really feel like it is part of the Tolkien-verse,” one fan shared.
“I see fire is simply the best song Ed has ever written, can’t change my mind,” another fan wrote.
“I love this man!” another commented. “We are so blessed to have a talent like him!”
Still Not Enough Ed Sheeran For You?
It’s not enough for us either! Check out the video above for some of Ed Sheeran’s best songs throughout his career!