Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter. He was born in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in autumn 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of Elton John and Jamie Foxx. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (read as "plus"), was released on 9 September 2011 and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single "The A Team", which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. Top Songs: 1. Shape Of You 2. Photograph 3. How Would You Feel (Paean) 4. Thinking Out Loud 5. Castle On The Hill 6. Eraser 7. Give Me Love 8. Tenerife Sea 9. One 10. Kiss Me 11. The A Team 12. Friends 13. I See Fire 14. All Of The Stars 15. Lego House 16. I'm a Mess 17. Don't 18. Afire Love 19. Sing 20. You Need Me, I Don't Need You 21. Pause (feat. Alonestar) 22. Perfect.