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The way I heard about The American Giving Awards was from the people that I work with. My publicist and I had a conversation a while back about wanting to really get involved more and more. We've been working with the National Council for Adoption with the children's home that I was adopted from called Holston Home.

Every song you're trying to find something that going to connect in different ways but for me the songs that I'm really drawn to are inspirational, songs that lift you and that everybody can relate to no matter where you're from.

When you're adopted, no matter what, you've got issues with unconditional love. And you find out you're the product of the worst situation for a young girl to be in and start her life, and I'm so grateful that my birth mom made the decision she made. She came from a rough situation.

My wife grew up loving country music, so I always run songs by her whether I wrote it or if somebody pitched it to me.

Right now my favorite TV show - because it's too close to home - is 'My Name Is Earl.' That show kills me. There's some funny stuff in there.

Some people grab my hair and pull it out. People write on my jeans when I'm on stage. They write on my boots - their phone number, name or whatever.

I've never really focused on if I had good habits when I sang or if I had bad habits, or if I was breathing correctly. So, I started doing vocal exercises and would stretch out before I sang, stuff to help my breathing. It's funny, you breathe your whole life then you find out you're not doing it correctly.

When I did 'The Tonight Show' and Jay Leno was still there, he was very nice but it was surreal. It's like you can't believe you're standing there talking to that person. If you've seen them in a lot of movies or on TV you feel like you know them, just like my fans feel like they know me.

But I have vertigo... I lose my equilibrium easily. I can lean out to look at something and just keep leaning and not realize I'm about to fall.

I am spiritual. I believe God loves and is pulling for all of us.

I don't take a second for granted of the honor of representing country music.

I grew up playing music and enjoying good food, friends and family in my own backyard.

I guess I do prefer a ball cap. I have performed without a cap, mostly at funerals and weddings.

I like to write at home a lot.

I see the crowd singing 'Rock 'N Roll' or 'Back Road' at my concerts... they are anthems and they lift up your life.

I started out singing covers. I've sung a lot of 'em and love a lot of 'em.

I think my songs are singing to the rural heart. It's not whether you're from a big city or the middle of nowhere in a small town.

If I spent the rest of my life getting even with the people that had helped me out, I would never settle the score.

It's really hard to find a love song that is real. That's when you really strike a chord with somebody, when you dig in deep and grab a hold.

The way I started playing music was sitting around with friends and singing songs. I love good ol' fashioned guitar pulls.