Craig Morgan says he's not a hillbilly, drops 'sexy' new album 'A Whole Lot More to Me'

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Forget redneck yacht clubs and road warrior weekends, Craig Morgan, has a whole new side he wants to show his fans.

The 51-year-old country singer dropped his new album "A Whole Lot More to Me" on Friday and says there is a lot more to him than just being a "country boy."

"I tell people all the time, I'm not a cowboy, redneck or a hillbilly. I am a country boy, but I grew up traveling and seeing a lot and so I was influenced by a lot more than just country," he said in an exclusive interview with AOL. "I grew up loving James Taylor, Luther Vandross, Lionel Richie, The Commodores, that style. I also loved Verne Gosdin, Gene Watson, John Conlee and some of the more traditional country. This album I feel is more of an influence of all that, whereas in the past I feel like people would feel like I was more country than anything else.​"

Being stuck in a purely country bucket in terms of personality and lifestyle is something the Tennessee-bred star says he's dealt with in the past. "I wanted people to see this side of me. Not necessarily a softer side, not necessarily a sexy side, but a less ... country... I have to be careful, because I am a country boy, but I wanted them to see that less country side of me."

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And while some of his early hits like "International Harvester" and "Redneck Yacht Club" were massive successes, he was quick to note that his singing career definitely doesn't define who he is as a person.

"I wanted people to understand that there's a lot more to me than pickup trucks, tailgates and dirt roads. I don't even drink a ton of beer and whiskey. I'm a wine drinker. That's what 'A Whole Lot More To Me' is about. I like wine and sushi – the things that generally aren't associated with country.​

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Craig Morgan says he's not a hillbilly, drops 'sexy' new album 'A Whole Lot More to Me'
Craig Morgan, right, and Karen Morgan arrive at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: Singer Craig Morgan attends 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on June 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: Singer Craig Morgan performs during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series at FOX Studios on June 17, 2016 in New York City. (Kris Connor/FilmMagic)
MANHATTAN, KS - JUNE 27: Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan performs during 20th. Anniversaty of Kicker Country Stampede Manhattan, Kansas - Day 3 on June 27, 2015 at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kicker Country Stampede)
MANHATTAN, KS - JUNE 27: Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan visits with campers during the day 3 of the 20th Anniversary of Kicker Country Stampede on June 27, 2015 at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kicker Country Stampede)
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 11: Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan performs at Sam's Place - Music For The Spirit at Ryman Auditorium on January 11, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 10: Craig Morgan performs on stage during the Hometown Holiday show hosted by 100.7 The Wolf at Showare Center on December 10, 2014 in Kent, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 10: Craig Morgan performs on stage during the Hometown Holiday show hosted by 100.7 The Wolf at Showare Center on December 10, 2014 in Kent, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 25: Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan performs at Country Thunder USA - Day 2 on July 25, 2014 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)
TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 25: Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan performs at Country Thunder USA - Day 2 on July 25, 2014 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)
VANLEER, TN - JULY 20: Host/Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan (right) with his wife Karen Greer participate in the Celebrity Off-Road Trail Ride during the 8th annual Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation Benefit at Paul Allen Farm on July 20, 2014 in Vanleer, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
VANLEER, TN - JULY 20: Host & Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan participates in the Celebrity Off-Road Trail Ride during the 8th annual Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation Benefit at Paul Allen Farm on July 20, 2014 in Vanleer, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, AZ - APRIL 12: Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan performs at Country Thunder USA In Florence, Arizona - Day 3 on April 12, 2014 in Florence, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder USA)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 20: Singers/Songwriters John King, Kellie Pickler and Craig Morgan are joined by Gordon Kerr CEO Black River Entertainment (3rd from left) backstage at the Black River Entertainment Lunch & Performance as part of CRS 2014 Day 2 on February 20, 2014 at the in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 07: Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan performs at the 2014 ATA Trade Show Party sponsored by F3 Entertainment at Margaritaville on January 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 01: Craig Morgan performs during the Downtown Hoedown at Comerica Park Parking Lot on June 1, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Singer Craig Morgan attends the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Singer Craig Morgan attends the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
DICKSON, TN - AUGUST 11: Host Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan performs during the Craig Morgan 6th annual charity concert at Dickson Middle School on August 11, 2012 in Dickson, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, AZ - APRIL 12: Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan performs during the 2012 Arizona Country Thunder Music Festival - Day 1, April 12, 2012 in Florence, Arizona. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images For Country Thunder)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 01: Singer Craig Morgan arrives at the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACM)
MANHATTAN, KS - JUNE 26: Singer/Songwriter Craig Morgan Performs at the 2010 Country Stampede music festival at Tuttle Creek State Park on June 26, 2010 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 06: Singer Craig Morgan performs during the Frosted Pink Presented By sanofi-aventis and Wachovia Putting Women's Cancer on Ice at the Barker Hangar on October 6, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Frosted Pink)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 17: Singer Craig Morgan poses in the press room at the 40th Annual Academy Country Music Awards at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on May 17, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Singer Craig Morgan performs at Taste of Chicago on July 1, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)
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His cadre of songs on this album definitely showcases his range as an artists. Morgan mixes soulful and sexy crooners like "Nowhere Without You" with more uptempo tunes like "I'm That Country."

"Vocally, I feel like this is as strong as anything I've ever done," Morgan expressed. "'Nowhere Without You,' it's just one of the most powerful songs for me, emotionally to deliver. It just feels big. When I sing that song, the hair stands up on my arms and neck. It feels super sexy and it's the kind of thing that a guy would want to tell his girl or vice versa.​"

Morgan also uses this album to reflect on his childhood with a song like "I Can't Wait to Stay." Despite enjoying a "less country" lifestyle now, he says growing up he never wanted to leave his small Tennessee town and couldn't wait to be "that guy."

The album, which took over a year to put together, is a mixture of all of Morgan's influences, which is perhaps, what makes it so strong. It's been four years since he put out new material, and it's safe to say he came out swinging with his record.

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