Ed Sheeran grew up in Suffolk England. He learned to play an old guitar that was given to him by an uncle. He started writing songs when he was 11 years old. At 16, he began playing shows on the London bar circuit. He played over 300 gigs in 2009 alone. After putting his music on the Internet, he began acquiring a huge online following. His videos have been viewed over 143 million times on YouTube. He has over 3.3 million fans on Facebook and 7.5 million followers on Twitter. In its first week, his album "+" hit #5 on the Billboard 200 chart! He even toured with Taylor Swift on her 2013 “Red” tour.