"People said, 'How could you walk away from music?'" he explained to the magazine. "But being a dad -- there's nothing that can touch that."
Brooks admits his return to full-time music-making had something to do with facing an empty nest. Brooks has three daughters with ex-wife Sandy Mahl: Taylor, 22, August, 20, and Allie, 18.
"I am in the period now where I think I pray more than I ever have in my life," Brooks said of having his kids out of the house. "Because for some reason when they were under my roof, I felt like I might have had some control, you know?...Thank God I'm with the love of my life [Trisha Yearwood]. That's why I know I'm right where I'm supposed to be."