‘F64’ has been released on SB.TV, the channel that was instrumental in launching Sheeran’s career and subsequent rise to superstardom.
The video for the track is filmed at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium. Edwards was a lifelong Chelsea fan.
Jamal Edwards died in February 2022, aged 31, from cardiac arrhythmia after taking recreational drugs. Brenda Edwards, his mother, has been campaigning for more CPR training after his death.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5Live earlier this week, Brenda Edwards said: “It’s spurred me on to continue to do the same that he used to do – he had such a big heart and he was so giving to so many.
“I was honoured to have the time with Jamal, he inspired me on a daily basis and his legacy continues to inspire me and so many people.”
On the new track, Sheeran raps: “We cried for nine nights at your family home… Was at your mum’s there all week, trying to make sense but I can’t, and although it’s been a year, still feel pain in my heart.”
“Since we last spoke I’ve become a father-of-two trying to live life with a smile but that’s been harder to do.
“Because all I want to do is talk about you, but these tears won’t let me talk about you. We should have known that we’d be lost without you.”
Jamal Edwards is credited with launching the careers of artists including Dave and Jessie J, as well as Sheeran.
Through SB.TV, he would mentor and financially assist the music and videos for emerging UK artists.