Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. After dropping out of school at 16, he moved to London the following year, in 2008, to pursue a career in music. Sheeran has cited Damien Rice, The Beatles, Dylan, Nizlopi and Eminem as his biggest musical influences. Sheeran stated, "I write songs based on life experience. I write for myself and my music is raw and straight from the heart. Whenever I've written a sad song it's come from a painful experience that comes from a real place and usually I'll start writing within a few hours of that moment. All my music is deeply personal and I think it's good when you can just be yourself and not worry about what other people think." Sheeran can play guitar, bass, drums, cello and piano.