For BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, Sheeran took a break from sing-rapping and collaborating with pretty much every famous person ever to test the limits of his range and deliver a spirited rendition of the somber tune. Kiesza's previously taken "Take Me To Church" for a spin, and Sheeran's take was just as sincere and lovely, complete with back-up singers and the resounding notes of a piano in the background.
It's great to see Sheeran stretching his vocal chords outside of his comfort zone, even if his voice gets good and scratchy before attempting those high notes and the jazzy breakdown. Who knows? Maybe Hozier will join the long list of celebrity collaborators (and BFFs) Sheeran's collected in the near future.