Since he first learned to play “Layla” by Eric Clapton on guitar at the age of 12 years, Sheeran’s love of the singer/songwriter began. Growing up with the likes of Damian Rice, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan playing on repeat in his parents’ house – artists that his dad, John, introduced him to – “-” was always on Ed’s horizon. “-” is the result of Sheeran pushing the boundaries of his songcraft, as he delivers the most profound songwriting of his career. Teaming up with Aaron Dessner (The National) on writing and production after the pair joined forces following an introduction from mutual friend Taylor Swift, Sheeran and Dessner began crafting the album in February 2022. Writing more than 30 songs during their month-long studio stint, the album’s 14 tracks are seamlessly tied together by exquisite production from paired back, folk-leaning textures to bolder, full-band/orchestral arrangements.
Sheeran burst onto the global music scene in 2011 with his debut album “+.” Rapidly establishing himself as a history-making artist, he followed with “x,” “÷,” “No. 6 Collaborations Project,” “=” and “–” a catalog that has seen Sheeran become one of the world’s biggest musical success stories of the 21st century.