By The K-Love Show, Jan 14 2018 01:30AM
Ed Sheeran, featured on two tracks with Alonestar, “Raise 'Em Up” and “Real Life,” has a longstanding familiarity with reggae and Caribbean music, as he explained in a brief statement sent to Billboard through his cousin Jethro. “I’ve always been influenced by Caribbean music. The first set I ever did was a medley of reggae and hip-hop, Jethro wrote the raps and a reggae band from Bristol (England) called Laid Blak had a song called 'My Eyes Are Red,' which I incorporated in the medley.”
Regarding the “Real Life” collaboration with his cousin Ed, Alonestar -- who co-wrote and produced the track -- says, “Recording 'Real Life' was a very creative process; I was impressed with how quick Ed wrote the chorus in the studio as soon as I put the beat up and laid my verse down. It was a very memorable, incredible day and I am very proud of the song, it came from our hearts."