Country star Craig Morgan caught up with FOX411 and revealed how he lives his life with the lyrics from his hit song, “When I’m Gone.”
“For me it’s the very first line of the song that hooked me—‘My last breath I want to take with a smile’—that’s pretty much the opening line of my life,” he said. “That’s kind of the way I live my life.”
Morgan, who spent ten and a half years in active duty in the US Army, explained why he switched over to the musical side of things.
“The money!” he said with a laugh. “I love the music, I will say that. I absolutely loved the military; I loved being a soldier. I loved waking up every day going to work feeling like I was part of something good. And the music afforded me an opportunity to do something that I love as well and make a lot more money.”
The Tennessee native understands the sacrifices men and women in the military face as he served and why it is important as Americans to support the military.
“These guys miss a lot of birthdays, ballet recitals, softball games, baseball games and football games,” he began to explain “The difference between that and the touring is when I do I show I’m missing these things but I am on stage singing having a good time; they are usually in an armed pit of the world somewhere just living miserably, but almost always with a smile on their face because of the honor that they get from that. So I think it’s important as Americans, we show support and are appreciate in any way we can. I am very fortunate enough that I am afforded a platform that allows me to do it a little louder than some other people.”
Alongside his musical career, Morgan hosts “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on the Outdoor Channel, but his ultimate goal is to have an impact on other people’s lives.
“I have two full time jobs that most people would give a finger off their hand to have either of those jobs,” he said. “It’s extremely cool, I’m very honored and I’m very humbled quite honestly, I am so grateful to know that I get to wake up every day, sing and write songs and get to go play in the woods and I make a living doing it. I just hope in the process of doing these things, we are having a positive impact on other people’s lives.”
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