GARTH TALKS ABOUT NEW ALBUM AND NEW PERSPECTIVE

In a recent interview with Billboard Magazine, Garth Brooks talks about his new album -- scheduled for release on November 13 -- and about his future as a songwriter and performer.

Garth admits that he was "lost as hell" trying to find the direction of the album. The piece 'If You Ever Wonder' helped him find the direction he needed. "In February, I finally sat down and coughed this thing out in about five minutes," Garth says. "I realized that all I had to do was take a deep breath, focus in on what I wanted to do and wherever made my heart feel happy."

And what about those rumors that this will be the last album for Garth? He is reluctant to say that he will never record another album, but adds, "If for some reason we do explore the music again, I can only hope we're welcomed back like Michael Jordan or Mario Lemieux. I can be very honest with you right now and tell you I just don't see making another album."

However, no more albums doesn't necessarily mean no more live performances. His focus is more toward his family nowadays, but that doesn't mean he will leave performing behind. "Music is such a wonderful partner and mate," he says. "It's like every time you go there, the love that you make is better than the first time. But there are things in your life that you place ahead of that. I used to be a singer that was a father -- I am now a father that sings. That perspective will now be what makes my decisions for me."

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