Sunday 25 June 2017

Ed Sheeran signs Northern Irish singer Foy Vance to his record label

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Recording artist Foy Vance performs on stage at Barclays Center on May 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Recording artist Foy Vance performs on stage at Barclays Center on May 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Following the success of debut signing Jamie Lawson (his debut album hit number in the UK last month) Ed Sheeran has signed another up and coming act to Gingerbread Records.

Foy Vance, originally from Bangor, Northern Ireland but now based in Scotland, has been good friends with Ed since 2006 and they have toured together and collaborated on each of their most recent albums.

Ed sings on Vance's single Guiding Light from his 2013 album Joy of Nothing while Vance co-wrote Tenerife Sea and Afire Love from Sheeran's X.

He also wrote Make It Rain which Sheeran performed for the series closer to FX drama Sons of Anarchy.

Ed Sheeran with debut signing Jamie Lawson
Ed Sheeran with debut signing Jamie Lawson

"Foy’s always been an artist I’ve admired since meeting him in 2006," said Ed.

"We've become touring buddies over the past few years and he's actually out in Australia with me at the moment on the final leg of my 'x' tour.  His vocals are going to blow you away and I can't wait for you all to hear the record."

The album is slated for a spring 2016 release.

"I feel a deep sense of peace signing to an artist led label, not least of all because the artist in question is our Ed,” said Vance. “Every time I've turned around in the last few years he has had my back."

Last year Vance won the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his second album, Joy of Nothing.  Earlier this year he co-wrote and lent his vocals to Rudimental's Never Let You Go.

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