The Islands In The Stream hitmaker had already hinted he is ready to tone down his touring commitments by playing a number of "farewell" shows in countries including New Zealand, Australia and South Africa earlier this year (15).

He has now confirmed that his upcoming Once Again It's Christmas Tour, which begins in Ontario, Canada on 12 November (15), will be his last.

The singer tells U.S. news show Today, "I've done this long enough. There's a fine line between being driven and being selfish, and I think I crossed that line when I was younger. I really want to be there with my kids and my wife. I don't see enough of them. And I have some things on my bucket list."

As well as spending time with his family, U.S. magazine Rolling Stone reports that the Country Music Hall of Fame member is working on two books of photography.