Ed Sheeran first got the bug for singing at the age of four when he sang in the local church choir. He also learned to play guitar at a very young age, and began writing songs whilst at school, influenced by classic singer-songwriters like Van Morrison and Damien Rice.He began recording music in 2005 when he was 14 and three years later moved to London to begin playing small gigs. The same year he auditioned for the much-hyped but abysmal ITV series 'Britannia High' (videos of his toe-curling dance audition for the show can still be found online). His independently released EPs caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx and he eventually signed to Asylum Records with his debut album, '+' hitting quintuple platinum in the UK. His popularity abroad began in 2012 when he guested on Taylor Swift's album, 'Red' and opened for her on her 'Red' tour. He wrote songs for One Direction before releasing his second studio album 'x', which charted at number one and was nominated for a Grammy. As part of his 'x world tour', Sheeran will play three concerts at London's Wembley Stadium in July 2015.