You all know about Ed Sheeran as guitarist, singer, song-writer, but these is the list of things which you may didn’t know about him. Check out these lesser known facts about Ed Sheeran.
He Has a Nando’s Black Card
Ed is a huge fan of Nando’s, the massively popular Mozambique and Portuguese restaurant chains and is reportedly the proud owner of its most coveted loyalty card. The mythical Nando’s Black card entitles the user to all-you-Can-eat Peri-Peri chicken, anytime for free. The card is so rare, many doubt it even exists.
Ed’s love affair with the chain is mutual as Nando’s even named a sauce after him. Ed said in an interview, “I’ve actually got a box of that sauce at home, its name was Ed’s peri-peri.”
All of Ed’s Guitars Have Names
Mr. Sheeran is never too far away from a musical instrument of some description but his guitars are some of his most prized possessions. In fact, Ed gets so attached to his guitars that he ends up giving them all nicknames. There have been plenty throughout his career including Lloyd, Cyril, Felix, and Nigel which are all the names of people on his crew.
He’s a Big Rap Fan
His favorite rapper is none other than Eminem and is often spoken of his admiration for ‘Slim Shady’ and he even credits ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ as having cured him of a stutter when he was a kid. His dad bought him the Album when he was 9 and within a year, he memorized the entire thing. The Detroit Superstar isn’t the only rapper to tickle Ed’s fancy either, he’s a big fan of Ty Dolla Sign and memorably paired up with the UK grime and Hip-hop artist Stormzy at the 2017 Brit Awards.
He’s a One-Man Band
The vast majority of what you hear at a Sheeran show comes courtesy of the man himself. He builds layers to his music and scenes them into his live performance at the flick of a switch or the tap of a toe, before laying his unique vocals over top. While the pedal looks profoundly complicated, it’s essentially a recording and playback device. But of course, its effectiveness depends on the awesomeness of what’s being recorded. In Ed’s case, everything is of the highest order.
He Can Play Pretty Much Anything
He’s gifted on the acoustic guitar but as musical talents don’t stop there. He can also play bass guitar, drums, piano, and cello. We bet, you could give this guy almost any instrument and he’d be producing perfect melodies within minutes. while Ed cut his t’s playing pubs and clubs around the UK. He also enrolled at the academy of contemporary music and surrey England at age 18. Just months later, however, he hopped a plane to La and started making waves in America even catching the eye of Jamie Foxx. A Multi-talented man, Sheeran was well on his way to folk pop greatness.
He Draws Inspiration from Anywher & Everywhere
As he explained, as inspiration for the 18 came from visiting a homeless shelter, with the lyrics based on the life of a woman he met there. His fifth single ‘Small Bump’ was written after a close friend of him suffered a miscarriage and the words for photographs discussed long-distance relationships. On the back of Ed’s own experience while touring, drunk somewhat unsurprisingly addresses the effects of alcohol when dealing with a breakup. Well, ‘You need me, I don’t need you’ takes a shot at record companies that ask artists to change to achieve fame. Something our man, Ed wisely has not done.
He’s Got Ink, and Lots of it
Despite his largely clean-cut image, it is an apparently insatiable taste for tattoos. With over 60 multicolored designs already etched onto his body and plans for lots more. During his 2016 hiatus, when he also ditched social media and detox from alcohol, the musician spent a grueling 40 hours under the needle adding to his collection which includes a family tree, a section of van gogh’s starry night, tribute to Taylor Swift, the gingerbread man from shrek and the fresh prince of bel-air and a recreation of a matisse on his right forearm. He also boasts a portrait of the children’s TV character [pingu] as part of a joint tattoo he got in 2012 with One Direction’s Harry Styles.
He’s a Philanthropist
When he’s not making records, Ed is keen to give back to the community and has remained loyal to the areas where he grew up. Especially, the English county of suffolk where 2015 reports suggested he taken time out to help in a local charity shop. In 2012, he helped raise 40 thousand pounds by playing a gig in Bristol for 125, a charity for street sex workers. While he’s also back the east Anglian Children’s Hospice, the Elton John Aids foundation and the Grammy foundation. Whether he’s donating all his clothes to good causes or opening new suites at elderly care homes and often described as the nicest guy in Pop music.
He’s Written a Lot of Your Favourite Songs
You may be well versed in Ed’s all music, but did you know that Sheeran is also responsible for many other world famous records? He co-wrote Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself and The Weekend Start Time and Hilary Duff’s ‘Tattoo’ and Collaborated with Rudimental Band for ‘Lay it all on me’ and Lupe Fiasco on ‘Old school love.’ Ed also partnered with Taylor Swift on ‘Everything has changed’ which featured on Taylor’s red tour were Ed was the opening act and he co-wrote one direction certified platinum single ‘little things.’