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BRIT Awards Winner Ed Sheeran Enchants American Fans in Atlanta

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It's a balmy Monday afternoon in Atlanta and Ed Sheeran couldn't be any happier. He walks into the room for our interview at the famed Tabernacle with a big, bright smile on his face pointing to a pair of green khaki shorts he's wearing. "Do you like them?" he asks me enthusiastically. "I just went to TJ Maxx and bought some new shorts and socks for the tour. I really like these shorts. They were only fifteen dollars!"

All of his chart success, awards and critical acclaim aside, it's simple things like a pair of new shorts that can get Ed Sheeran excited. And that attitude sums him up perfectly. Sheeran's ultimate star power is that he's just a happy and down to earth guy who has a gift for finding beauty in even the most seemingly trivial things. There are no big gimmicks or wildly colorful imagery to pump up his persona. Sheeran simply charms his audience with a heartfelt delivery, powerful melodies, witty wordplay and everyday storytelling that people can easily relate to.

Sheeran is currently on his very first concert tour in the United States as a special guest of Snow Patrol. It's not the first time he has played stateside though. A few years ago, he was out in Los Angeles performing small gigs, recording music and selling CDs out of his backpack. But those days of his humble beginning are definitely a thing of the past now. The English singer is a bonafide mega star overseas whose debut LP "+" has already gone triple platinum in the U.K. He also picked 2 coveted BRIT Awards earlier this year for "Best British Breakthrough Artist" and "Best Male Solo Artist."

Sheeran is not only a lauded songwriter, he's also an accomplished and exuberant live performer who knows how to engage his audience. In Atlanta, he took the stage ready to stir a riot with his energetic pop-folk sound using just his acoustic guitar, two mics and a loop pedal.

He played and produced on the spot starting out his show with a soaring version of "Give Me Love," a track taken from his self-titled EP that is available on iTunes in the U.S. now. He continued with "Grade 8" that was followed by "The A Team," a delicate tune and crowd favorite that had the entire audience paying attention. He concluded his brief, yet meaty 30-minute set with a stirring version of "You Need Me" that had a packed house convinced that Sheeran is the real deal who is about to impact America in a big way.

April 5, 2012 | Permalink