"Music s all about being sexy," says the "Where It's At" singer
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“Is it hot enough for ya?” Dustin Lynch asked the crowd packed into Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley nightclub in Nashville last week. And judging from all the cheering female fans, he wasn’t just talking about the sweltering temperatures.

The singer, whose sophomore album, Where It’s At, hit stores Tuesday, admits he’s turned up the heat in his new music. “Music’s all about being sexy, ” Lynch, 29, told PEOPLE. “It’s good to have sexy songs in your show. The girls love them!”

Lynch, who is single, says the 15 songs on the new record are also more up-tempo than some of his previous work, more “hands in the air.” “It’s where I’ve been the past couple of years, and like the title says, it’s where I’m at right now in my life,” said the singer, who was named one of PEOPLE Country’s Sexiest Men of 2014. “Writing for this album was a fun process.”

After spending the summer performing at state and county fairs (“the corn dog and funnel cake circuit!” he joked) between opening gigs for Keith Urban, he is also more comfortable injecting himself into the music.

“I think I’ve gotten a lot better,” he said. “I knew what I was doing this time around. I knew what I wanted to write, I knew what I wanted to record. The first album I just kind of sat in the corner, scared to talk! I had never done it before. This time I was so much more comfortable and I had a lot more to say. Playing so many shows the last couple of years I know what kind of song works for me, as a singer and on stage as an entertainer.”

And Lynch, whose 2012 hit, “Cowboys and Angels,” was a tribute to his grandparents’ 60-year marriage, is not afraid to show his softer side.

The album includes a song called “Daddy’s Boots” that was inspired by all the weddings he performed at when he was starting out. “It’s about that moment when the groom sees his new wife dancing with her daddy and realizes what big boots he has to fill,” Lynch shared. “That moment always made me tear up, and this song has that same effect on people. I’m real proud of it.”

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