Ed Sheeran sang and played guitar in court as he gave evidence in his ongoing copyright trial.
The 32-year-old star performed a brief rendition of his track Thinking Out Loud as he testified in a Manhattan court on Thursday in the trial involving alleged similarities between his song and the Marvin Gaye classic Let’s Get It On.
An hour into his testimony, Sheeran was on the stand when his lawyer asked him to explain how he came up with his chart topping track.
He picked up his guitar from behind him and told the jury that songwriting is second nature to him, noting he has his own version of phonetics which he uses to quickly write songs – potentially up to nine in a day.
He first sang the words ‘I’m singing out loud’, adding: ‘And then the words fall in’.
Sheeran insisted he’s ‘not the world’s most talented guitar player’, before performing a snippet of the song itself, which heirs of Ed Townsend, Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On co-writer, alleged have ‘striking similarities’ and ‘over common elements’ to the 1979 tune.
Sheeran sang ‘when your legs don’t work like they used to’ and a few more bars before ending the performance.
He co-wrote the track – and a number of other songs – with singer-songwriter Amy Wadge, telling the court that they ‘sat guitar to guitar’ and ‘wrote together quite a lot’.
He said they wrote the song in February 2014 at his home after his grandfather had died while his grandmother was battling cancer, and Wadge also had family members who were ill.
Sheeran told the court he came out of the shower hearing Wadge elsewhere in the house playing some chords.
‘I remember thinking we have to do something with that,’ he said, noting the song took ‘really not that long’ to write, describing it as ‘a collaboration’ as ‘Amy definitely started strumming the chords’.
Elsewhere in his testimony, he addressed live footage of him performing a mash-up of Thinking Out Loud and Let’s Get It On, insisting it is ‘quite simple to weave in and out of songs’ in the same key.
When it comes to songwriting, he admitted he ‘can’t read music’ and that he’s ‘not classically trained in anything’, noting: ‘When inspiration hits, you get excited, and it just comes out.’
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