Up Close & Personal with Ed Sheeran

Jacklyn Krol

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Ed Sheeran came to Chicago a day early to take part in The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter Up Close & Personal program held at Chicago Music Exchange. The evening started off with Ed taking the stage alongside radio personality and host for the evening Marty Lennartz.

The conversation started off with how Sheeran got started. He started busking in Ireland since London made you legally have a stricter license for busking. With the money from busking he bought his first loop pedal at fourteen. He also credits Damien Rice for the reasoning why he bought and picked up a guitar.

The conversation hit almost every area of his career, learning that Stevie Wonder (who presented Ed with his 2015 GRAMMY® for Song Of The Year) actually predicted months prior that Ed would win that GRAMMY and told Ed his prediction.  

Without a doubt, “Shape Of You” is one of the most streamed songs in the world, Sheeran was originally going to call the song “TLC”. Originally Sheeran had wanted Rhianna to sing the track with Rudimental, his label decided he should keep it for himself.

The floor then opened up to the crowd. Most notably Vic Mensa even took the time to ask Sheeran a question. After saying thank you, Sheeran went onto say “I enjoy this” and continue answering questions from the Recording Academy members in attendance.

Sheeran ended the night with a three song acoustic set. Even though he performs as a one man show on the tour, he does have a loop pedal, which without it in this instance made the songs sound that much more raw and personal. The setlist included songs from his latest album Divide “Castle On The Hill”, “Shape Of You” and “Perfect”.


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