Music Notes

Ed Sheeran Celebrated His Birthday By Gifting Us With A Heartfelt New Song

Watch him perform "How Would You Feel."

A very happy birthday to Ed Sheeran, who turns 26 years old today. It might as well be all of our own birthdays as well, since Sheeran decided to celebrate his big day by releasing a new song from his upcoming album, Divide

The song is called "How Would You Feel (Paean)," and although it's not his next single, Sheeran said on Twitter earlier this week that it's one of his favorites. He also told Beats 1 that it almost didn't make it onto the album, because he had forgotten he wrote it.

"My partner [Cherry Seaborn] came back to Suffolk and on her way to the airport I wrote that song, recorded it on an iPhone, sent it to her and forgot about it," he said. When he finished the new album, he asked Seaborn what her favorite track was, and she told him, "My favourite song you don't actually know exists." 

As you might expect considering the backstory, the song is quite romantic. "How would you feel, if I told you I loved you? / It's just something that I want to do," Sheeran sings in the chorus. 

The singer also released a video of himself performing the song live, and while he's not quite the one-man band he was at the Grammys (here he's accompanied by a pianist), it's still the same stripped-down style we've come to expect from him. We can't wait to hear what else he has up his sleeve when his album debuts March 3.

Watch Ed Sheeran perform "How Would You Feel (Paean)" below:

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