Jessie Ware, "Say You Love Me" (2014)
"I've stopped giving away songs now," Sheeran said in 2014. "I'm just going in with people to write songs, because I find then it's a lot easier to let songs go." One such collaborator was Jessie Ware, already well-known in the U.K. and critically acclaimed in the U.S. for her alt-R&B fare. "Say You Love Me" may have only been a minor hit for Ware, but it was a track she felt nudged her forward artistically. "I have to give [Sheeran] so much credit for being able to write something that's so right for me and elevates the way I sing – he really pushed me hard," she said.