Ed Sheeran wasn’t an overnight sensation, but rather a product of hard work and diligence. After releasing an EP and two albums, the multitalented musician went on a touring marathon, playing 312 gigs in 2009. Starting to gain a dedicated fan base, Sheeran was still unsatisfied. Determined to achieve, Ed purchased a one way ticket from England to Los Angeles, with nothing but one scheduled show at a local coffee shop on his itinerary.
Making his way around Los Angeles’ open mic nights, Sheeran found his big break after landing a spot on satellite radio’s program “The Foxxhole,” where Jamie Foxx was so impressed with the musician’s performance he offered him free access to his recording studio, along with a free stay at the artist’s Hollywood home while he worked.
Since then, things have taken off for Ed. Without any promotion or help from a label, the artist saw his EP “No. 5 Collaboration Project,” reach number 2 on the iTunes charts, selling over 7,000 copies in its first week.
“For the past year, after kind of peaking independently, I’ve signed to Atlantic, released a few records in England, and have just been touring.” says Sheeran.
Sheeran’s major label debut, “+,” was released on September 12th, 2011 in the UK, where it has since gone on to sell over one million copies. He has a few words of advice for those hoping to follow in his footsteps.
“Try to write a song a day, because even if you write a bad song, you’re never going to write that song again. Showcase your talent every day. To do that, and to stand out, practice makes perfect, basically. Go out and do as many shows as you can, in front of all different types of audiences. Don’t box yourself in.”
Dean Goranites | Associate Editor