Author(s): Ed Sheeran
With words by Ed Sheeran and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produced artwork for Sheeran's albums and singles), and accompanying photos, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorised, first-person account by Ed of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter.In the book, now published for the first time in paperback, Ed explores his early musical experiences and influences as well as his time recording and touring. The book reveals what drives and inspires Ed as he continues to evolve as an artist, while coping with stratospheric success, and is an honest account of what it takes to make it in the music business.Included in this book are Ed's recollections of working tirelessly on the London gig circuit and self-releasing EPs, working hard on finding his sound, signing to Asylum Records and recording his huge hit debut album, '+', performing at the Grammys, touring with Taylor Swift and performing sell-out headline gigs at Madison Square Garden. With Phillip Butah's distinctive portraits of Ed throughout, this is a unique book celebrating a unique musician.
Ed Sheeran was raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, and moved to London in 2008 to pursue a music career. He is a four-time BRIT Award winner and a double Ivor Novello and Grammy award winner. His album '+' debuted at number 1 in the UK, and was certified quintuple platinum, and his second album 'x' peaked at No. 1 in the UK, Ireland, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland and Norway, and was the fastest and best selling album of 2014 in the UK. In March 2017, Sheeran released 'Ã�Â·', which debuted at number 1 in 14 countries. Every single track on the album reached the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart in the week of the album's release.In 1998, aged just 16, Phillip Butah was the youngest prizewinner in the competition Young Artists' Britain: The Prince of Wales's Young Artists' Award. He went on to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. He lives and has his studio in the East End of London. Phillip has collaborated with Ed on artwork for his singles and albums, and says of the book: 'I love working with Ed - it's a real privilege - and I'm really excited to be collaborating with him on such an exciting project; his music, talent and achievements inspire me.'