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Despite it all, the 32-year-old now says: ‘I’m the happiest I have ever been,’ revelling in the rave reviews that his comeback album, Higher Than Here, has received and looking forward to a new string of UK and European tour dates next year. You can be a grandad to Elsie.”‘The night he died from a heart attack, I was on tour. I’ll never know now what he wanted to say to me.’He moved to his mansion in a remote village in Gloucestershire and built that gate to hide behind. ‘It’s the best thing ever,’ he says, his eyes aglow. Two years later he released Broken Strings, his duet with Nelly Furtado, which reached No2 – although it took him a while to accept that he was a success.‘For ages I was careful with money, afraid it would disappear as swiftly as it came,’ he says.
But his return to music was a rocky one, after initially abandoning his fourth album eight months into writing it, feeling dissatisfied and disillusioned with his work. I’d left my mobile in the recording studio the night before and, when I collected it, it was packed with missed calls from my dad. He revelled in taking Elsie swimming, spending hours with his family and recharging his emotionally exhausted batteries. ‘But since my dad died I have viewed things differently.
Morrison wrote a song for Italian singer Marco Carta entitled "Quello che dai", which debuted at number one in the official chart.
Morrison was born in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, where he was surrounded by the influence of his parents' record collection; his mother was a fan of soul while his father enjoyed listening to folk and country.
In 2007 Morrison won the Brit Award for Best British Male.
According to Morrison, he was influenced by music from a very young age, listening to artists such as Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Van Morrison and Al Green.‘I just felt like crap and the songs sounded like s***,’ he says, wincing slightly.‘In the space of three years I lost my Dad, Paul, my big brother Alexis, who was 43, and my nephew Callum, who was only 21. After my Dad died it was heartbreaking to start losing the next generations.’‘Just afterwards I beat myself up feeling I should have done more to help him,’ he says. Now I like the fact I can take my auntie to The Ritz, or pay off her mortgage. ‘Two for my mum, two for my brother and one for my sister. Writing songs is my way of conquering them.’Adjusting to fame and fortune has not come easily to Morrison.Morrison said that the first time he heard Stevie Wonder's voice he was close to tears, and has since been fascinated by the way he utilizes his voice.Working in Derby, Morrison found an Irish bar called "Ryan's" which runs an open mic night on Wednesdays and Sundays.
As a teenager he started busking when he lived in Porth, Newquay and Truro, Cornwall, in a local pub called the Phoenix, Watergate Bay.