Edward Christopher Sheeran MBE (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk. His debut album, + (pronounced "plus"), was released in September 2011 and topped the UK Albums Chart. In 2012, sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. Ed Sheeran was named the world's best-selling artist of 2017.