Ed Sheeran’s moving and uplifting songs forge a lasting connection with the millions of people around the world who love him and his music.
He was a thirteen-year-old guitarist in a school rock band when he decided to become a singer-songwriter, even though he could barely hold a tune and had never before written a song. Within a year, he had recorded an album in his bedroom.
Bestselling biographer Sean Smith traces the astonishing journey of the shy little English boy with a stammer who, avoiding flashy showmanship, grew up to become a global phenomenon.
Through compelling new research and interviews, Smith tells the story of Ed’s remarkable parents who gave their son the courage to pursue his dream, the friends and mentors who encouraged him, and the lovers who inspired his most famous songs.
Smith describes the setbacks Ed faced before his fortunes were transformed by Elton John’s management company, a record deal, and a song that changed everything—with a little help from Taylor Swift.
Now Ed is the most successful solo star on the planet, earning $107 million last year. Yet in the middle of his record-breaking 2018 UK tour, he played for just 400 people at a charity night to raise money for the homeless.
As this captivating book reveals, there’s no one quite like Ed.