Drewett at Drunk Dial Showcase in 2013
|Birth name||Edward James Drewett|
|Born||1 April 1988|
|Origin||Essex, England, United Kingdom|
|Associated acts||Professor Green, Stooshe, The Wanted, Olly Murs|
Drewett left school at age 16 and went on to a performing arts college in Charlton, south-east London. He then proceeded to vocal college Tech Music School in west London the following year.
2008–13: Songwriting and debut album
In 2008 he signed to leading Worldwide publishers Warner/Chappell Music. Later that year he signed his first record deal with Virgin Records and featured on Professor Green's hit single "I Need You Tonight", which charted at number three. Drewett was then dropped by the label and began to write for other artists, resulting in his first number-one hit single "All Time Low" for The Wanted and the multi-platinum hit "Glad You Came". Drewett then signed to Polydor Records in February 2012 only to be dropped later again.
Drewett signed a deal with EMI Records in February 2009. He began recording his debut album working with producers Wayne Hector, Cutfather and JJ, Fraser T Smith and The ThundaCatz. In early 2010, he was featured on Professor Green's first debut single, "I Need You Tonight", which charted at number three in the UK singles charts and number 15 in Ireland. The single remained in the UK Top 10 for four weeks. Drewett also co-wrote The Wanted's debut single, "All Time Low". The single went straight to number one in the UK top 40. Ed has co-written 3 singles for The Wanted with Wayne Hector and Steve Mac – "All Time Low", "Glad You Came" and "Lightning". Glad You Came was by far the biggest of these hits, resulting in 4 million Worldwide sales, a UK number hit single and a Top 3 hit single on the Hot 100 in the USA.
In 2012 Drewett also co-wrote two songs, "What a Buzz" and "Dear Darlin'", which featured on Olly Murs' double platinum album Right Place Right Time. Drewett also co-wrote One Direction's "Best Song Ever", the lead single released to promote their 3D Concert Movie One Direction: This Is Us.
2014: Britain's Got Talent
In 2014, Drewett auditioned for ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent, performing a song he wrote called "Blink" securing him a place in the next round with three 'Yes' votes from judges Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.
He was selected to participate in the live semi-finals, performing 'Blink' again on the second show. His performance received mostly positive reviews, however Simon Cowell said he would have preferred a different song. Drewett failed to get enough votes from the public to get into the top three, and was eliminated.
Singles as lead artist
Singles as songwriter
|2010||"All Time Low" by The Wanted||1||The Wanted|
|2011||"Glad You Came" by The Wanted||1||Battleground|
|2011||"Lightning" by The Wanted||2||Battleground|
|2013||"Dear Darlin'" by Olly Murs||5||Right Place Right Time|
|2013||"What a Night" by Loveable Rogues||9|
|2013||"Best Song Ever" by One Direction||2||Midnight Memories|
|2014||"Steal My Girl" by One Direction||—||Four|
Album tracks written by Ed Drewett
- "What A Buzz" from Olly Murs' Right Place Right Time (#1 on the UK albums chart)
- "Kiss Chase" from Stooshe's London with the Lights On (#8 on the UK albums chart)
- "Little White Lies" from One Direction's Midnight Memories (album) (#1 on the UK albums chart)
- "Half A Heart" from One Direction's Midnight Memories (album, deluxe edition)
As featured artist
|2010||"I Need You Tonight" (Professor Green featuring Ed Drewett)||3||15||Alive Till I'm Dead|
|2012||"Never Be a Right Time" (Professor Green featuring Ed Drewett)||35||–||At Your Inconvenience|
- Ed signs to Virgin EMI Records
- "I Need You Tonight (feat. Ed Drewett)". Amazon. 4 July 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
- "The Wanted – All Time Low – Ed Drewett Co-wrote". Clothes Show London. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- Foley, Linds. "Britain's Got Talent faces 'talent fixing' claims following rumours One Direction songwriter Ed Drewett to audition". sugarscape.com. Retrieved 16 May 2014.