Ed Sheeran has signed Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance to his label Gingerbread Man Records.

Vance becomes the label’s second signing following Jamie Lawson, who was announced as the label’s debut signing when Ed Sheeran launched it in August. Lawson’s self-titled album – his fourth – went on to top the UK Album chart in October.

Sheeran and Vance are friends, and last December Sheeran recorded a cover of Vance’s ‘Make It Rain’ for the season finale of Sons Of Anarchy. They have also toured together and on Vance’s second album, 2013’s ‘Joy Of Nothing’, Sheeran guested on ‘Guiding Light’.

Vance has likewise guested on Sheeran’s album, co-writing ‘Afire Love’ and ‘Tenerife Sea’ from Sheeran’s latest album ‘X’.
Vance said, “I feel a deep sense of peace signing to an artist led label, not least of all because the artist in question is our Ed. Every time I’ve turned around in the last few years he has had my back.”

Sheeran said, “I am very happy to reveal Foy Vance as my second signing to Gingerbread Man Records. Foy’s always been an artist I’ve admired since meeting him in 2006. We’ve become touring buddies over the past few years and he’s actually out in Australia with me at the moment on the final leg of my X tour. His vocals are going to blow you away and I can’t wait for you all to hear the record.”

Ed Sheeran officially launched his new record label, Gingerbread Man Records in August of this year. The label is a subsidiary of Warner Music.

“I’m extremely excited to be starting-up my own label,” he said in a press statement. “It’s something I’ve been planning for some time. I’ve always loved endorsing acts from the very beginning and I get to work with artists I truly believe in.”

Sheeran continued to describe his first signing, Jamie Lawson as “an incredible talent”. Gingerbread Man Records have also launched their official YouTube channel. Watch Sheeran’s first video for it above.

This article was first featured on nme.com

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