Ed Sheeran was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire and his family later moved to Framlingham in Suffolk. He sang in a church choir with his mother from the age of four.
Sheeran's first guitar was given to him as a gift by his uncle. Ed initially taught himself, before going on to have proper music lessons.
When Sheeran was 11 years old, he went to see Damian Rice perform an intimate gig in Ireland. Ed met the musician in a bar after the performance. Sheeran told The Telegraph meeting Rice convinced him to pursue music: "I had a little bit of a chat and kind of had an epiphany, like 'Wow, this is exactly what I want to do!' I got home that night and wrote a whole bunch of songs. I remember one was called 'Typical Average Teen.' Yeah, I was one of those." Sheeran remains a fan of the Irish singer-songwriter's music and has a tattoo of Damien Rice's name on his arm.
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