Ed Sheeran is a singer-songwriter from the UK busy supporting his debut album, +. The album has been a platinum-certified hit in the UK and is starting to gain traction in the United States. The performer’s success is a result of an incredible work ethic and a musical style fitting for the 21st century. The increasing popularity of Ed Sheeran tickets will soon mean American-certification for his new album and a national awareness and fervor he has never known.
Sheeran’s music is most definitely influenced by Van Morrison. That can be heard in the pluck of his guitar and the mainstream friendly folk feel of his music. But, Van Morrison has also had a profound effect on Ed as a a live performer. He once read Van Morrison would play more than 200 concerts a year. Thus, by the end of the first decade of the 21st century, Sheeran had blown by this milestone, playing up to 312 concerts over the course of a single year.
As mentioned above, folk music has been an influence in his music. This comes as no surprise, as with many other young artists, he grew up listening to his parents’ record collection and learned to assimilate the introduction to modern music. Ed also co-opted the popular music he heard while entering his teenage years. This meant an influx of hip hop influence and the development of beat boxing and rapping skills.
The result is an artist at home in the gritty and the pristine, and his first album resembles as much. “The A-Team” is folk friendly for the pop and AC charts. “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” is a hip hop track. “Lego House” brings in a little soul. The album + remains a complete work despite this seemingly fractious choice in music and Ed Sheeran concert tickets to see him perform as a headlining artist in smaller venue and as a supporting act for stars like Taylor Swift will prove he can put on just as a complete of a live show.