Ed Sheeran recently peeked his head out from behind the curtain of his secluded life to release a new single just in time for the holidays and brand new year.

For the first time since September when he announced the birth of his baby girl, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran with wife Cherry Seaborn, on Sunday (December 20th), the 29-year-old hinted to his fans that a “Christmas present” was en route and today, he dropped “Afterglow,” a beautiful ballad. The song is accompanied by a video of Sheeran playing the track on an acoustic guitar in the middle of an expansive, twilight scenario.

Hey guys. ‘Afterglow’ is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you,” said the British musician. “It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too. Enjoy ! Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year’s. Back to dad land for me now, ciao x.”

Listen and watch the video of the Grammy-winning artist playing his “Afterglow”.

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