Ed Sheeran says he has settled in Nashville, Tennessee

  • 12 June 2013
  • From the section Music
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran's debut album + reached number five in America's Billboard Chart

The British singer/songwriter has confirmed that he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in February settling just outside a town in a rural area.

Sheeran, 22, said he wanted to live somewhere that incorporates music, countryside and a relaxed atmosphere.

"Nashville is full of very, very nice people," said the A-Team singer.

The city is already home to some of country music's top stars and acts from the pop and rock world including Taylor Swift, where he wrote a duet with her.

Jack White and the Black Keys are among artists who have moved to Nashville, also known as Music City, in the last few years.

Speaking to Newsbeat at the Brit Awards in February the singer said: "I think it's important to give the UK public a little bit of a break.

"I've been here for a long time doing TV and radio so I'm going to go over there and make the album and tour for a bit."

He said that he's "got the songs" for a follow-up to 2011's +, which reached number five in America's Billboard 200 Chart.

'I love America'

Ed Sheeran says that unlike Los Angeles and New York, Nashville doesn't have paparazzi on the lookout for celebrities.

"I don't think people really care in Nashville," he said.

"Even if they knew who you were, I don't think they'd care. They'd just be like, 'Eh.'"

The multi-million selling artist said his new home reminds him of Framlingham in rural Suffolk, where he grew up.

Sheeran recently performed at the Grammy Awards with Elton John and was at the CMT Music Awards last week to introduce Lady Antebellum.

"I love America," Sheeran said on the CMT red carpet. "I've been here for a long time, though. So I'd like to get back to England at some point.

"I'd say [I've been] 90% in America since January 2012. Long time.''

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