There are all sorts of reasons why Ed Sheeran is a remarkable person and a remarkable song-writer, here are just a few to get us started. For a start, take a look at the video of One, the opening track on his new album, x. There’s Ed, there’s his new guitar (made of whiskey barrels, apparently), there’s that crystalline falsetto voice and there’s an entirely empty Wembley Arena reverberating softly in the background. As a visual representation of where this album’s at, it’s perfect. Succinct, melodic, utterly personal and yet hugely ambitious music that is soon to captivate a huge audience.
For another, let’s talk about hits. “I don’t think I’ve really had a hit single in America,” Ed says. “The A Team did alright but it wasn’t really a hit.” Hit single or not (it sold over 2million copies in the US) songs like ‘The A Team’, songs like ‘Lego House’, songs like ‘Small Bump’ changed a lot of people’s lives, not least of all, Ed Sheeran’s. A Grammy Nomination for Song of the Year can do that. Back-to-back, sold-out headlining tours of North America can do that. A trio of sold-out headlining shows at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden can do that. A further pair of Grammy nominations – including one for Best New Artist – can do that. Being hand-picked by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson – who’s daughter is a huge fan – to write, produce and record an original song for the latest, and biggest movie in the Hobbit series can do that. The live shows, playing to millions of people across the world can do that. What’s remarkable is despite all this dizzying success, despite this huge footprint he now has, that Ed’s come back from all that with his head intact