Hey Jen! How about another random fact about Ed? Miss the good old days.😉
Hello! So do I. 🙂
Here’s a random fact about Ed: Every time he writes a song and gives it to another artist to record, he makes sure he is on the recording somewhere. So when you’re listening to certain songs released by other musicians, you can often hear Ed doing backing vocals or playing guitar and you might not even realize it!
My favorite instance of this is on Strip That Down, which Ed wrote for Liam Payne. In it, the weirdly low voice that goes, “Strip that down, girl, love when you hit the ground,” is actually Ed Sheeran’s voice distorted. You can listen here at about the 1:20 mark:
I know a lot of fans already know it’s Ed’s voice on this track, but it still makes me laugh just about every time I hear it, so I like to point it out whenever I can. 🙂
A much more subtle example – one that’s actually pretty hard to hear – is the song Ed wrote for Hilary Duff. It’s called Tattoo, and he does backing vocals. This is one of my favorite songs that Ed has given to another artist, with one of my favorite lyrics he’s written: “I’m burning like the wire in lightbulbs.” I really wish he’d kept this one for himself, but Hilary does do a great job with it. This is what she told MTV News about working with Ed:
Sheeran did all the background vocals on the song after waking her up in the middle of the night to record the track. “He vocally produced it and came in the booth with me,” she recalled. “I was really intimidated because, normally, they don’t do that, so I kept looking up and being like, ‘You’re Ed Sheeran and I’m singing the song that you wrote and I want to do right by it.’”
“It was awesome and then he, in like 15 minutes, did all the low stuff and the harmonies and the background,” she continued. “He just musically has to put in no effort it seems; it’s just him.”
Have a listen to the song right here. Isn’t it gorgeous?