01/30/2013 02:04 pm ET

Tim McGraw On New Album: 'It Feels Like A New Beginning'

Tim McGraw's highly anticipated new album "Two Lanes of Freedom" drops Feb. 5. This time, he tells People magazine, it's "not a culmination of the things I've done, it's a new beginning of the things I am going to do." In an interview with the magazine, McGraw opens up about cleaning up his act, why he quit drinking, and whom he's doing it all for (hint: his three young girls).

"I drank a lot from my point of view and I needed to stop," McGraw, 45, told People mag. "I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn't feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run."

"I'm in a good place right now," McGraw said, days before his new album comes out. "I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life."

People magazine, which hits stands this Friday, features the country star shirtless and showing off his eight-pack abs -- the result of the "weight-training and intense workout regimen" he's been doing for the past five years.

McGraw also talked to ABC News about "Two Lanes of Freedom," and said "[the album's title is] sort of about acceleration and looking out at the open road. I think, looking sort of metaphorically at my career, it looks like I’ve got a lot more ahead of me than behind me and that’s what I really feel like."

As for his dream duet partner -- Faith Hill not included -- McGraw told ABC News he'd love to sing with Bruce Springsteen.

Catch the Grammy Award-winning singer's performance on "Good Morning America" this Friday.



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