Though Craig Morgan has had a successful country music career on top of his past jobs as an EMT and in the U.S. Army, the artist says none of these titles carry more importance than his title of “Dad.”

Morgan tells the Boot that fatherhood is his highest calling, and the strongest impact he’ll ever have on the world.

"To me, that’s more important than any of the CDs I’ve ever made, the kids,” the father of four says. “I have all these CDs that are imprints of my life at particular points in my life, that people can look at that and say, ‘Oh I remember this,’ and has impact. But the real impact that I have on the world is the legacy that I leave in my children and the things that they do.”

He adds that he fully owns every aspect of being a dad, whether his kids make a mistake or achieve something great.

“I have to accept the responsibility of their negative actions just as much as I do their positive,” Morgan says, referring specifically to his two sons who still live at home. “To me, that’s the most important job we have in the world, is our parenthood, because we are creating that next generation of people that impact our world, both physically, emotionally, environmentally, all of it.”

Morgan and his wife Karen have been married for 28 years and have one daughter, Alex, and three sons named Kyle, Jerry and Wyatt. He released a new record June 3 titled A Whole Lot More to Me, which he says represents him honestly as someone who has never felt better, both personally and musically. Morgan co-produced the album and co-wrote several of the tunes, along with contributions from Eric Paslay and Shane McAnally. The artist held a free show during CMA Fest June 8 at Nashville's famous Wildhorse Saloon to celebrate its release.

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