Ed Sheeran is a singer-songwriter who has only been on the American radar for a couple of years, and wouldn't you know, Taylor Swift noticed him not long ago, too. Sheeran wrote the song, "Everything Has Changed" for Swift's album Red. Small world.
Sheeran performed on the recent tribute to the Beatles program, singing an acoustic version of "In My Life", doing a very fine job; it was one of my favorites. Having his picture taken with and meeting Paul McCartney following the program was apparently a big moment for the 22-year old English singer.
That's right, Sheeran is 22, and started his career at age 16, when he moved to London.
Sheeran has only one studio album at this point in his upstart career, but has quite a few EP's to his name. Performing at the Foxxhole (doing open mic), he was actually noticed by Jamie Foxx, who liked him so much, he offered him the use of his recording studio. He released an EP, and ultimately signed with Asylum records. I happen to truly like his most well-known hit, "The A Team" which (unbeknownst to me ...) was nominated for a Grammy last year, when he was also nominated for Best New Artist.
In true "6 degrees of separation" style, in relation to other discussion threads here lately, Ed Sheeran spent most of 2013 as the opening act for Taylor Swift's "Red" tour. Elton John is also one of his fans; the two sang "The A Team" together at the Grammy Awards show.
I have the impression that Sheeran has lots of respect for those that came before him.,
He has a second album coming up this year. He's a sweet, directed young folk / pop singer, who has also done some rap, and while he may not land on your radar, I believe he has a great deal of potential and look forward to seeing his star rise.
A couple of songs you may recognize:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4BLVznuWnU (a sweet pop song)