Ed Sheeran shared a clip of himself performing part of the title track to Bryan Adams' new album, Shine a Light, dropped on March 1. Sheeran posted the video on Instagram today (March 4) and explained their collaboration in the caption, while also plugging his friend’s latest musical effort.
“My pal @bryanadamsreleased his brand-new album Shine A Light on Friday. Me and him wrote the title song so I thought I would record a clip of me singing a bit. It’s an awesome album, check it out on all platforms x,” Sheeran wrote.
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In the clip, Sheeran sings and plays the opening verses of the song into the first chorus on an acoustic guitar. The nostalgic track talks about chasing your dreams while never forgetting your hometown roots.
As a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award recipient, Ed Sheeran has written or co-written dozens of songs for other artists, including Justin Bieber’s Grammy-nominated song “Love Yourself,” which they co-wrote together with Sheeran's Divide producer, Benny Blanco.
Adams released the title track on Jan. 17, ahead of the album’s release. Just after Valentine’s Day, Adams dropped a duet with Jennifer Lopez, “That’s How Strong Our Love Is.” The mid-tempo ballad serves up a sultry vibe with a melody that beautifully showcases both of their vocals.
Shine a Light is Adams’ fourteenth studio album in a career which spans more than four decades. The Canadian crooner is known for his slow, heart-tugging ballads. The co-written Sheeran track makes a sweet, reflective addition to Adams’ vast song catalog.
Ed Sheeran is continuing his record-smashing Divide Tour in 2019. Many fans are chomping at the bit for any sign of a follow-up record from Sheeran. Though he has yet to make an official announcement regarding new music, a recent report from The Sun suggests his upcoming project will be a collection of duets, including his “Love Yourself” partner, Justin Bieber.
Watch Ed Sheeran’s “Shine a Light” performance below and watch Adams’ video for the track above.