By now, you can sing along to Ed Sheeran‘s new album, Divide, and not mess up one word.
Even better? You probably know all the stories behind all of the songs, too…but probably not this one.
Last night, Ed performed “What Do I Know?” for the Red Nose Day special for Comic Relief, and it’s a song that seems to be ignored by the many, but it’s actually really inspiring.
“My dad said getting into the music industry is like you never mention politics, you never mention religion and you never get involved in other people’s battles,” Ed shared about the track. “The couple of times I have gotten involved in other people’s battles, [I regret it] massively.”
“I remember speaking up on one thing and I was just sticking up for one of my mate and it just [blew up] like ‘Wait woah, woah, woah, I’m not on anyone’s side here. I just had an opinion, you can’t have an opinion.’”
He adds, “The song was an immediate reaction to loads of s*** that was happening last year and you know I’m not hugely out as a political person and I don’t want to be. I’m a singer and I know if I had a political opinion people would be like ‘shut up mate and sing your song’.”
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The 26-year-old “Shape of You” singer will be the recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award at the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday, June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
In case you don’t know, the Hal David Starlight Award was created in 2004 and is awarded to young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.
“Ed Sheeran has accomplished so much in pop music that it is hard to believe he is only 26,” SHOF Co-Chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff said. “He is not an overnight sensation, however, having immersed himself in songwriting, recording and performing since his early teens. His natural talent as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has brought him well-deserved success.”
“That was a weird song because that song was written trying to peacock in front of my label head,” Ed told People. “He’d come down to my house for the day, and I’d started writing that song, and in my head, I was like, ‘I want to show him how fast I can write a song.’ So that song came from just trying to write a song really quickly, to show him that I could write a song; that one’s quite a weird one.”