What Ed Sheeran taught pop phenom Anne-Marie

What Ed Sheeran taught pop phenom Anne-Marie

Rising pop star Anne-Marie met her tourmate Ed Sheeran about eight years in the past, when their music circles intersected within the Metropolis of Mild.

“We simply frolicked in Paris for 2 days and have become actually good pals actually shortly,” says the 27-year-old singer, whose full identify is Anne-Marie Nicholson. “And we’ve by no means stopped hanging out and having enjoyable.”

However now these Brits are mixing pleasure with enterprise: Anne-Marie is at present opening for Sheeran on his stadium tour, which hits MetLife Stadium Sept. 21 and 22. Earlier than then, she’ll headline two New York membership exhibits: Bowery Ballroom on Monday and Tough Commerce NYC on Tuesday.

This comes on the heels of “2002” — the newest single from Anne-Marie’s gold debut album, “Communicate Your Thoughts” — which was co-written by Sheeran. The nostalgic ditty — which provides lyrical like to late ’90s and early ’00s faves, akin to Britney Spears, *NSYNC and Nelly — is the follow-up to “Buddies,” Anne-Marie’s “Communicate” hit with EDM star Marshmello.

Born in Essex, England, the London-based artist bought her begin in musical theater, showing in a West Finish manufacturing of “Les Misérables” when she was solely 5 and later sharing the stage with a younger Jessie J in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Whistle Down the Wind.”

“Her voice was already superb,” says Anne-Marie of the “Bang Bang” belter. “She was kinda educating everybody else methods to sing once we have been, like, 10.”

‘I’ve discovered to remain myself.’

Rising up, Anne-Marie additionally kicked butt in martial arts, changing into a global karate champion.

“I nonetheless actually need to do karate and get a little bit of that [energy] out of me,” she says of the game that gave her 2015 debut EP, “Karate,” its identify.

After being a featured vocalist with Sean Paul on Clear Bandit’s international smash “Rockabye” in 2016, Anne-Marie adopted up along with her debut album this yr.

As her personal profession takes off, she’s picked up some useful classes from watching Sheeran deal with the celebrity sport.

“I’ve discovered to remain myself,” she says. “That’s one of many greatest issues I’ve discovered from him, as a result of he’s utterly the identical as he was earlier than all of the success. He made me understand that you just don’t have to vary to be a pop star.”

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