James Blunt is opening up about embarking on a three-month North American tour in support of his latest album, “The Afterlove”, with Ed Sheeran.
Joining ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey in the studio, the 43-year-old singer-songwriter reveals how he managed to persuade his fellow English friend into tagging along.
“I’m so lucky to be on this tour with him,” Blunt explains. “We were on a skiing holiday. I taught him how to ski in a day and he taught me how to write songs at night. And then over a couple of beers he said, ‘You know, we should hangout more.'”
Speaking of co-writing songs, Blunt says it has been “a real education” working with Sheeran. He recalls, “[Sheeran] said, ‘You know what? If I’m going to write with you, I’d like to write something really open and really raw.’ And so we’ve written a song called, ‘Make Me Better’, and it’s very much about my life right now at home.”
While Blunt has seen great fan response from his new single, he notes that opening up about his private life has been “desperately uncomfortable” for him. “It talks about my private life, which I keep private,” he explains, adding that it was Sheeran who told him “that’s what you need to do” as a songwriter.
When asked about who he would love to collaborate with in the future, Blunt adds that while it’s been “a pretty amazing experience” working with Sheeran, he would love to work with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic soon.