At just 20 years of age Ed Wells has shot to prominence simultaneously in Australia and the United Kingdom. Combining his dark powerful voice with many years of piano experience and a level of songwriting far beyond his years Ed is truly a special talent.
Growing up primarily on Sydney’s northern beaches, with brief stints living overseas with his family, music was a constant factor in his formative years. “Mum and Dad always had something playing around the house… so I guess I was doomed from the start” Ed said jokingly.
2014 was a breakout year for Ed who recently returned home after living and performing in London. “Living in London was great. Sydney is fantastic for live music but London is buzzing. At times it can be overwhelming but it’s also motivating and fun” said Wells. During his time abroad Ed was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to perform at the esteemed Troubadour Club, which has previously played host to the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon and Elvis Costello. “I was really excited to play there and it was one of those gigs where the crowd was dead silent which is always an indicator I’m doing something good” Ed said.
Upon his return home to Australia Wells has embarked on east coast tour to celebrate the release of his newest single Sparrow and Seed which will be one of the tracks on an upcoming album release. “I’m hoping the album will be a little later this year. I recorded five tracks before I left for London. I really enjoyed the creative and recording process on these tracks more than my first releases. Even though those earlier tracks will always have a special place in my heart being the first time I was in the studio this time was so much more relaxed.” said Wells.
For the Sydney show Ed will be joined by his band to perform all of his tracks to date as well as performing some solo. When asked about the shows Ed said “I’m really excited, so far the response has been really positive and the crowds have been really engaged. The Sydney show will be a little different because of the band and will have a nice variety of high energy and low moments. First and foremost I hope people people come out and enjoy themselves in whatever capacity that is.”
Supporting Ed will be fellow Sydney singer/songwriter Imogen Clark who has been making waves of her own.
Feb 12, The Vanguard, 42 King St, Newtown, $16.80-$107.80+b.f, thevanguard.com.au