Edward Christopher Sheeran, MBE is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in autumn 2009.In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, +, was released on 9 September 2011 and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single "The A Team", which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.