He’s had mega-hit after mega-hit, but Ed Sheeran almost didn’t make it to the big time if he had listened to the soul-crushing record companies when he started out.
The Grammy-winning British artist admitted that record companies told him he was unmarketable because of his unappealing image.
“Every single label I had gone to at the time had told me this song wasn’t a hit, this song wouldn’t work and the fact that I was slightly chubby and ginger wasn’t a good ‘marketing tool’ for them” said Sheeran.
“So yeah, it did definitely feel like it wasn’t going to happen. The way I maintained self-belief is that I knew I wasn’t good at anything else so what else was I going to do and secondly with the whole look and songs that the labels rejected I knew it was really important you stay true to yourself. Being an individual makes you stand out from the crowd.”
Sheeran revealed his pain in comments to SBTV, who in association with NCS were helping teenagers in England develop their skills for the workplace and encourage their self-belief.
The artist, who’s sensational hits, ‘The A-Team’ and ‘Drunk’ from his smashing album ‘+’, has been made Platinum around the world, recently visited Australia for a nation wide tour.
Since then, Sheeran has been touring with American star, Taylor Swift, but his biggest fan, might be fellow Brit, tennis player Andy Murray. Currently in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, Murray admitted that Sheeran was his inspiration to “get in the zone” when playing on the court.