Ed Sheeran is back and promoting a new album, but he was quiet for the majority of 2020. Sheeran says he pondered retiring after the birth of his daughter, so it turns out that was almost a permanent arrangement.
Sheeran revealed the following in an interview with SiriusXM (as reported by NME):
“I stopped playing music for a bit, and music is entirely me as a person. Then I had my daughter and I was like, ‘Right, that’s it. This is me. I am probably just going to be a dad. I am not going to play music anymore.’ […] Then I was suddenly like, ‘It is more important for my daughter to grow up knowing that her parents have a work ethic.’ I slowly got back into music that way and the creative process started flowing again.”
He also noted that he’s coming off a stretch of immense productivity, saying, “I have done two albums and have written like 250 songs. In that, about 50 ballads. I write about 25 songs a week and one of them will be all right and that will go on the ‘maybe’ list.”
BTS’ “Permission To Dance,” which Sheeran co-wrote, is currently the No. 1 single in the United States, demonstrating Sheeran’s compositional prowess.