Here’s an ‘asli yaari’ story that will warm the cockles of your heart. Not that we needed more reason to absolutely adore Ed Sheeran, but the ‘Sing’ vocalist’s latest confession has certainly earned him additional brownie points.
In a recent interview with Daily Mirror, Ed talks about his childhood pal Amy Wadge — a songwriter from Bristol with whom Ed collaborated in the years before he hit the big time. Having already credited her on his independently released 2010 EP titled ‘Songs I Wrote with Amy,’ Ed didn’t think twice when Amy called asking for his assistance a year ago. She was still working in and around Wales at this time, while Ed was already an internationally-acclaimed pop star. “She was going through financial troubles about a year ago,” Ed recalls. “She drove to my house — my album was nearly done — and she asked if I could put a song (we’d written together when I was 17) on the deluxe album, so she could get a little bit of money and pay the mortgage and bills and stuff. While she was there, we wrote ‘Thinking Out Loud.’ Now she never has to worry about money again.”
‘Thinking Out Loud’ has since received an American Music Awards nomination for ‘Song of the Year,’ and even though the awards have yet to be announced, doors are opening up for Amy everywhere. “She’s got a family and two kids and stuff and every time I speak to her, she’s going on holiday. It’s really nice to see. It wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t come down from Wales to see me,” Ed adds with a smile — elated that his assistance has ensured Amy will never have to face financial troubles again. To quote another hit song: that’s what friends are for!