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HE needed a bit of normality in his life - the kind of back down to earth with a bump reality only a small child can provide.
Despite three platinum-selling albums, a Best Male Brit Award and duets with Jessie J and Nelly Furtado, James Morrison has always shied away from celebrity.
But he still felt the need to take a lengthy break from showbiz to enjoy being a Dad to little Elsie, now seven.
"I'd just had enough of the music industry and not really having any time for myself or my family.
I needed to do normal things and not be James Morrison the singer for once.
"I'd been out on the road for about 18 months and it just gets quite wearing.
"I wanted to spend some time with my daughter who was only three at the time.
If she came on the road with me, she didn't always understand what was going on.
She'd be running off at festivals and it was difficult.