Ed Sheeran is cool with his uncool childhood.
“Having things that make you different help you become an interesting person,” he told The Hollywood Reporter before being honored at the American Institute for Stuttering’s Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala on Monday. “Most of the people I knew that were normal in school are all pretty dull right now — they go to the gym four times a week and look at themselves in the mirror a lot, but they don’t really have a lot to say.… Most of the people that are successful started life off as a weird kid with no friends.”
The musician was commended at the New York City fundraiser for his openness about overcoming his stutter, an oft-shamed disorder that Emily Blunt also conquered when a teacher first suggested she try out for a school play. “It can be mistaken for a learning disability, an anxious sensibility or a weakness,” the actress, emceeing the evening in an Elisabetta Franchi jumpsuit, told THR. “It’s not true to your real character; it’s just that you’re limited in your ability to speak.… I wanted people to understand that it wasn’t that I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted to say or who I wanted to be.”
In his speech, Sheeran proudly noted his childhood’s rougher edges. “I was a very, very weird child. I had a port-wine stain birthmark on my face that I got lasered off when I was very young; one day, they forgot to put the anesthetic on, and ever since then, I had a stutter. I also had very big, blue NHS glasses — NHS is the National Health Service, one day I hope you’ll have the same! And I lacked an eardrum on one side of my ear, so stuttering was actually the least of my problems!”
“But it was still quite a difficult thing. The thing I found most difficult was knowing what to say but not really being able to express it the right way,” he continued. Though speech therapy and homeopathy didn’t work, rap music became an effective remedy. “My Uncle Jim told my dad that Eminem was the next Bob Dylan — it’s pretty similar, it’s all just storytelling — so my dad bought me The Marshall Mathers LP when I was nine years old, not knowing what was on it. I learned every word of it, back to front, by the time I was ten. He raps very fast and melodically and percussively, and it helped me get rid of the stutter.”
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I have added photos of Ed at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, more will be added when we can get them!
Events & Appearances > 2015 > May 17: 2015 Billboard Music Awards
I have added photos of Ed at Rock in Rio USA to the image gallery
Events & Appearances > 2015 > May 15: Rock in Rio USA
I have added photos of Ed from a performance in Sydney last month to the gallery. Thanks to Claudia for the images.
Events & Appearances > 2015 > March 24: Live in Sydney, Australia
I have added high quality images of Ed from the last three performances he’s done to the gallery.
Events & Appearances > 2015 > March 5: Media City Amphitheatre In Dubai
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Events & Appearances > 2015 > March 20: Live in Brisbane
I have added over 300 images of Ed from the BRIT Awards arrivals, press room, show and after party this last week to the gallery.
Events & Appearances > 2015 > February 25: BRIT Awards – Arrivals and Press Room
Events & Appearances > 2015 > February 25: BRIT Awards – Show
Events & Appearances > 2015 > February 25: BRIT Awards 2015 – Warner After Party
Rockers Paramore and Lenny Kravitz, English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, alternative icons the Pixies, Creedence Clearwater Revival legend John Fogerty, and rapper Wale are among the acts that will appear at the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival. The 38th edition of fest runs from May 1-3 at Tom Lee Park.
Memphis in May officials confirmed the lineup of 60-plus acts. Among the other notable names are indie-folk act Band of Horses, roots-rockers the Avett Brothers and Wilco, Grammy nominated Irish rocker Hozier, and returning music fest favorites the Flaming Lips.
Others who were also confirmed include singer-songwriters St. Vincent, Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis, funk, blues, and rap favorites George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lecrae and G-Eazy, as well as rock acts Cage the Elephant and Breaking Benjamin.
Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of the concert industry’s leading journal, Pollstar, says that music fest’s effort to place a group of up-and coming acts in the upper echelon of the bill — including the likes of St. Vincent and Hozier — is a positive step. “Sounds like they’ve got a pretty well-rounded lineup this year, with enough new, hipper elements that it should attract a cross-section of people,” noted Bongiovanni.
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