Ed Sheeran has paid a new tribute to Jamal Edwards, saying he wishes his late friend and collaborator all the best.
The SBTV founder and DJ died in Acton, west London, on February 20. I was 31 years old. Last month, a coroner ruled that his death was the result of a cardiac arrest due to the use of cocaine.
Edwards was an early proponent of Sheeran’s music through his SBTV YouTube channel, which he launched from his bedroom in 2006. The singer-songwriter performed “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” on SBTV in 2010, before being released from their first album “+” the following year.
That live appearance caught the attention of Sheeran’s now manager, Stuart Camp, and that’s how his label, Atlantic, discovered the star.
Sheeran and Edwards remained close friends throughout the years, and were set to collaborate on Russ’ 2022 debut video, “Are You Entertained.” In July, Sheeran said he was “proud” to bring Edwards’ “vision” to life with the finished clip.
Speaking at a memorial service for Edwards yesterday (September 20), Sheeran explained: “I really don’t think I would have had the opportunities I’ve been given if Jamal hadn’t given me a hug. [a través de la BBC].
“I’ve been working on the acoustic scene as a singer-songwriter for a long time, just mixing in… And Jamal was this kind of tastemaker.”
Sheeran went on to say that he wouldn’t be the artist he is today without Edwards’ help: “I really don’t think I would have been allowed to walk through certain doors if it wasn’t for Jamal,” he said. continued.
“He was looking for people and showing them new opportunities, at a time when the industry was largely based in London.”
The London memorial event was the first fundraiser for the Jamal Edwards Self-Reliance Trust, which was launched in March to “honour the memory. [de Edwards] and his legacy continued.
The fund was created to “support the causes most important to Jamal”: fighting homelessness, supporting those with mental health issues, and providing essential life skills to young people.
You can donate to The Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust here.
Jamal Edwards also helped launch the careers of big artists like Stormzy, Skepta, Dave and Jessie J through SBTV. He was appointed an MBE for services to music in 2014.