Matthew “Matt” Sheeran is an English singer, musician, and composer. He is the older brother of singer-songwriter and musician Ed Sheeran. Having grown up in a musical household, Matt developed a deep passion for music quite early in his life. At the age of six, he started singing as a boy soprano in a local church choir. As a teenager, he earnestly began pursuing classical music. He created violin pieces and decided to compose music for commercials and films after he graduated from university. His first television project as a composer was an episode of ‘Love Music’, which originally aired in 2016. Later that year, his first film, ‘With Love From... Suffolk’, was released. He has since composed music for short films like ‘Dr Sugarloaf’ and ‘The Third Date’. Matt has served as an orchestrator on Andrey Kravchuk’s film ‘Viking’. He and his brother have collaborated on some projects as well. They co-wrote a different version of Ed’s popular track ‘Perfect’, which was then sung by Ed and the legendary Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli.
Education & Career
Raised in a household where artistic pursuits are encouraged, Matt began demonstrating his fierce talent and drive very early in his life. When he was six years old, he joined a local church choir as a boy soprano. After he became a teenager, he began pursuing music more earnestly and started composing violin pieces. He obtained a degree in music from the University of Sussex and a master's in composition from King's College.
It had always been his plan that he would compose music for commercials and films after he graduated from university. He met with representatives from three very well-respected music publishing companies before entering into an exclusive global publishing contract with BMG Production Music in 2018.
While Ed is unarguably more popular as a musician between the two brothers, Matt has established himself in the entertainment industry as well. In 2016, he served as a composer on the pilot episode of the TV series ‘Love Music’. In the same year, he composed the music for the romance drama film ‘With Love From... Suffolk’. Starring Hugh Fraser, Emma Connell, and Tony Scannell, the film celebrates love in all its forms. It is a compilation of multiple stories, all set in Suffolk, which happens to be Matt’s native county.
In 2016, he worked on two short films, ‘Dr. Sugarloaf’ and ‘The Third Date’. The former was directed by Sarah Mallabar and revolves around a woman named Veronica, who joins a dating website and starts chatting with a mysterious subscriber. The latter tells the love story of two 60-something individuals. That year, he also worked as an orchestrator on the Russian historical action drama ‘Viking’ with fellow BMG composer Dean Valentine. Matt later travelled to Dublin, where Valentine lives, and they collaborated on the music for several trailers, including the Academy-Award-winning film ‘The Shape of Water’ (2017).
Matt and Ed composed together a different version of Ed’s song ‘Perfect’. Titled ‘Perfect Symphony’, it is an operatic version of the original song. Ed sang it alongside Andrea Bocelli. Part of the song is in Italian. The Sheeran brothers collaborated with Bocelli once more on the song ‘Amo Soltanto Te,’ a track from Bocelli’s album, ‘Si’.
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Family & Personal Life
Matt Sheeran was born on March 17, 1989, in England to John and Imogen Sheeran, née Lock. Ed, born on February 17, 1991, is about two years younger than him. His paternal grandparents are William Sheeran and Nancy/Anne Mulligan. His paternal great-grandfather was James Sheeran. Matt’s father is an art curator, exhibition organiser, lecturer, editor, and publisher. His mother is a former cultural publicist and jewellery designer. His parents set up Sheeran Lock Ltd., an independent creative arts and communications consultancy, in 1990. For the next 20 years, they hosted art exhibitions, including the official 50th Birthday Exhibition of The Prince of Wales at Hampton Court Palace and the United Nations Millennium Exhibition in New York. Moreover, they established innovative art education initiatives for young people in disadvantaged communities in UK. In 2010, Sheeran Lock Ltd. shut down.
After Ed was born, the family relocated from Hebden Bridge to Framlingham in Suffolk. Matt spent much of his childhood there. Like him, his brother was part of the church choir.
Matt currently resides in Bristol, an ideal choice of city for a composer pursuing success in both the music and entertainment industries. While Bristol is quite famous for its several commercial musical success stories, it also has a significant TV and media presence. Matt is well aware of this. He said in an interview, “BBC’s Natural History Unit is based here (Bristol) and there are also legendary bands like Massive Attack and Portishead who are from this area”.
Matt does not have a smartphone, as he believes that not having one gives him more time for thinking.