Grammy-award winner Ed Sheeran strikes chords in millions of listeners worldwide—a feat all the more staggering given that he couldn’t even carry a tune until the age of fifteen. At thirteen, then just a guitarist in a school rock band, today’s most successful solo star decided he would fly far higher than hometown fame. 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. With compelling new research and interviews, Smith delivers the story of Sheeran’s remarkable parents, who supported their son’s dream long before it seemed achievable; the friends and mentors who encouraged his raw talent; and the lovers who inspired his most famous songs.
Smith describes the setbacks Sheeran faced before his fortunes were transformed by Elton John’s management company, a record deal, and a song that changed everything…with some help from Taylor Swift. Now Sheeran has sold 150 million records worldwide, earned $432 million touring in 2018 alone, and broke records with his 2018 UK tour—but still made time to play for just 400 people at a charity night to raise money for the homeless last year. As this captivating book reveals, there’s no one quite like Ed.
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How Ed became the success he is My reason for reading this book was to find out how Ed Sheeran became the star he is. This fascinating biography definitely told me all I wanted to know. Filled with plenty of interesting information about Ed’s life, from early days at school up to 2018, this biography talks about his family, friends, hard work and determination to succeed. In the early chapters I found it a little dry, but soon I became involved and fascinated. I’m not a particular fan of Ed Sheeran, so skipped much of the information about the stories behind his songs, but for the purposes of finding out how a modern day musician became successful this is a great read. There is a section at the end that gives an astrological assessment of Ed Sheeran (I skipped this), plus also a great list of dates of events in his life. 5*s from me, as though I skipped many parts that were not of interest to me personally, the book as a whole was a fascinating read. I highly recommend this biography to anyone interested in Ed Sheeran or in how to make it in the music world.