By Tom Skinner
“I was slogging on the acoustic singer-songwriter scene for a very long time, just blending in… And Jamal was this sort of tastemaker.”
Sheeran went on to say that he would not have become as big of an artist as he is today without Edwards’ help. “I really don’t think I would have been allowed through certain doors if it hadn’t been for Jamal,” he continued.
“He was just all about finding people and showing people new opportunities, at a time where the industry was mostly based in London.”
The London memorial also served as the first fundraising event for the Jamal Edwards Self-Belief Trust, which was launched this March to “honour [Edwards’] memory and continue his legacy”.
The trust was established to “support those causes that mattered most to Jamal”: combatting homelessness, supporting people with mental health issues and providing young people with essential life skills.
You can donate to The Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust here.
Jamal Edwards also helped launch the careers of major artists such as Stormzy, Skepta, Dave and Jessie J through SBTV. He was made an MBE for his services to music back in 2014.