Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger over at GReads! to help spread the word about the music we're listening to.
My artist this week is English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. I keep seeing his videos popping up all over the place. Whenever I hear an acoustic song by him I stop dead in my tracks, drawn into the room, only to find out it's Ed Sheeran again.
He has a beautiful voice and moving, sometimes haunting lyrics.
According to Wikipedia, Sheeran has been recording since 2005 and has a really fascinating road to success story. Here are a few snippets that I found interesting:
"In 2009, Sheeran played 312 gigs. He said that he read an interview with James Morrison that said that Morrison had done 200 gigs in a year, and Sheeran wanted to beat him on this number."
"Sheeran bought a ticket to Los Angeles, with no contacts other than one poetry night. He played open mic nights all over the city, before being spotted at 'The Foxxhole' by Jamie Foxx, who invited him to stay at his house and record for the rest of his stay."
"With this EP, Sheeran gained mainstream attention for reaching number 1 in the iTunes chart without any promotion or label, selling over 7,000 copies in its first week.1 Three months later, Sheeran put on a free show to fans at the Barfly in Camden. Over 1,000 fans turned up to see the show, so Sheeran ended up playing four different shows to make sure everyone saw a gig, including a gig outside on the street after the venue had closed. Later that month, Sheeran was signed to Asylum / Atlantic Records."
"Kiss Me" Acoustic from BBC Radio 5 session - SO beautiful!
"The A Team"
Unfortunately Ed Sheeran's new CD "+" is only available in the UK right now (BOO!) so I have to resort to his YouTube Channel when I feel like listening to his music.