In an article published in Billboard magazine on Dec 21, 2017, Ed Sheeran says that his first live show was in Bristol England where he played with a reggae band called Laid Black and he had a jam session where he performed a medley of reggae and hip hop songs which included 50 cent’s song In the Club. He performed along with his cousin Jethro Alonestar Sheeran. Ed Sheeran also says he was very heavily influenced by Caribbean music. Billboard published the story to launch a new reggae album which Ed Sheeran has two songs featured on the album. The songs are Raise em Up and Real Life both collaborations with his cousin Jethro Alonestar Sheeran. Both songs appear on the album Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica which was released On Dec 22 digitally on Itunes , amazon and Microsoft's music store. The album was executive produced by the Contractor Music Group out of Ocho Rios Jamaica and distributed by Amada Records of Atlanta in the United States. The album Tropical House cruises to Jamaica also features songs from Sean Paul, Wyclef ,Sean Kingston, Mojo Morgan of the group Morgan Heritage, Safaree of Vh1’s Love and Hip Hop Damian and Stephen Marley, reggae giants Sizzla, Capleton, Lee Scratch Perry, and new reggae sensation Chronixx.