Luke Bryan‘s happiest times in life consist of huntin’, fishin’ and lovin’ every day.
The country crooner is gearing up to release his sixth studio album What Makes You Country on Dec. 8. But before he does, he’s opening up to his fans about what the title track really means to him in a video shared exclusively with PEOPLE.
“What makes me proud to be country is the fact that I’ve navigated so many aspects of this career and held on to being country in a lot of ways,” says Bryan, who enjoys spending time with his two sons, Thomas Boyer, 9, and Tatum “Tate” Christopher, 7, as well as his nephew, Til, 15, who lives with Bryan. “I wake up, I get to go take my boys out and do country things.”
Many “Entertainer of the Year” honors and slews of other prominent award wins and nominations later, the “Strip It Down” singer says he’s still “remained true to who I am as a person.”
“I’ve gotten to follow all my dreams and still remained true to who I am as a person,” he says. “My lifestyle, hopefully, has inspired people to be positive and have fun and not take yourself too seriously — life’s serious enough.”
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And he’s hoping his fans follow suit.
“So when I’m on stage, I just try to be as country as I can and let people see that and let people have fun with that,” says Bryan. “Be proud of what makes you country — what little aspect of your life that makes you country, own it and love it.”
“There’s room for everybody to be country,” he adds. “Come to the party, just be happy about the little things in your life that makes you country or the lot of things in your life that makes you country.”
What Makes You Country is available for pre-order now.