Ed Sheeran’s soulful folk-hop has captured the imagination of music fans across the world in the past few years. Much like the flood of popularity that fellow Brit Adele has seen, Sheeran is on a one-way ticket to superstardom.
This is highlighted by his recent tour schedule to open for Taylor Swift on her pop-infused RED Tour of North America. The acoustic guitar-toting songwriter leaned a bit towards the “pop” side of things for his major label debut +, which has received mixed reviews from critics and fans since its release in 2011. One thing is for certain though: Sheeran has a soulful voice that can easily elevate a tune without need for overproduction.
Before his star status was confirmed in the U.K. only a few short years ago, Sheeran toured his homeland to build his fanbase. With his signature red hair, an acoustic guitar, and a songwriting style that is sure to win fans amongst his peers (such as Swift and even legend Sir Elton John), he quickly became a star, and put up sales numbers in the U.K. that nearly rivaled Adele herself. Oddly enough, one of his more popular independent EPs featured a number of up-and-coming artists from the U.K.’s hip-hop scene. This love of hip hop is displayed by his surprising collaboration with No I.D. (Kanye West’s mentor) on the song “Kiss Me.” Just listening to the song doesn’t quite exclaim the sound of today’s gritty and grime urban scene. but there are subtle echoes within this soothing love song.
The RED Tour began this month in the Midwest and tickets for the shows are selling out all across the U.S. (and Canada). With over 40 different cities in almost 29 states on Ed Sheeran’s schedule, the musician is primed to elevate the intensity of his folk-hop British invasion this year.