The 21-year-old British troubadour Ed Sheeran first caught our eye back in February, when his moving rendition of his original song “Lego House” went viral after his performance at this year’s BRIT Awards. However, as soon as we saw him perform a handful of times at this year’s SXSW Music Festival, our admiration for his talent (and his cool demeanor) skyrocketed. With all this in mind, we are excited to announce that Ed has been named as our You Oughta Know artist for the month of May, an honor that he is incredibly well-deserving of.
Ed’s debut album, +, was released in the U.K. in September of last year, where it entered the charts at #1 and has sold over 1 million copies to date. It is being released here in the United States on June 12, but Ed is currently in the midst of a barnstorming tour of the United States to get the word out in advance of its street date. When we spoke to Ed down in Austin last month, he compared his singer-songwriter sound to other British artists like James Morrison, Damien Rice and David Gray, but we think that he belongs just as much to the burgeoning “realwave” movement, alongside acts like The Civil Wars, Dawes and Mumford & Sons. Decide for yourself by checking out Ed Sheeran’s entire You Oughta Know Live set, including his single “The A-Team”—which, we should note, has nothing to do with Mr. T—a song that went all the way to #3 on the British charts last year.