John Rich said he’d give up his fame and career for the sake of his children if he had to choose.
“Raising your kids is the most important job a man or a woman has if they have kids … Spending time with my two boys … teaching them about the world they’re looking at today, getting them ready for what they’re going to run into when they become young men, that is job No. 1,” Rich told the outlet.
“I would never sing another note if you said, ‘Give up your music, give up your kids.’ Are you kidding? Not even a question. … There’s nothing I would not do for my two kids,” he continued.
The “Lost In This Moment” singer has two sons with his wife Joan: Colt, 12, and Cash, 13. He also discussed how becoming a father totally changed his perspective on what’s important in life.
“I spent … all of my … 20s and 30s, that’s all I cared about was just getting out, having hit songs, selling millions of records, doing big concerts. That was my focus, my American dream,” Rich said. “But then my kids were born, and I’m like, ‘You know what? I’m still going to go do those things. But that is no longer my main focus.’”
The multi-platinum country artist said he spends time at home doing normal parent things like attending sporting events and school functions. Rich said their home life is so mundane that his sons don’t always remember he’s a celebrity.
“When I shift down into show mode and they come out on the road … they come see a concert, then their eyes bug out, they go, ‘Wow, we forgot. Dad can do that,’” Rich told the outlet. “But as soon as the show is over … I downshift right back in to being their dad.”
Rich also explained the importance of his new single, “The Man,” which was inspired by his late great-grandfather’s challenges as a veteran following the end of World War II.
“I think the song is very important. I think it reminds people again of what true American greatness looks like,” he said. “After World War II, that is arguably the strongest America has ever been in its history … probably the decade following World War II.”