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Biography

Craig Morgan Greer was born in Kingston Springs, Tennessee and grew up in rural Tennessee. He became an Emergency medical technician at age 18. A few years later, he joined the Army and was stationed in South Korea. He was in combat as part of Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989. While stationed in Korea, Morgan wrote a number of songs and won various military singing and songwriting contests.

Morgan spent ten years on active duty as a Fire Support Specialist in the United States Army, serving in the 101st and 82d Airborne Divisions before launching his music career. He holds Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Air Assault qualifications.

Craig Morgan performs Tough on Opry Live (Video Clip)
Craig Morgan - Tough With Lyrics(Video Clip)

In addition to his Opry appearances and regular touring schedule, Morgan frequently performs at military bases both in the U.S. and abroad. He was awarded the 2006 USO Merit Award for his tireless support of US soldiers and their families. Morgan has been active in raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

On September 18, 2008, Morgan was invited by John Conlee to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Morgan was formally inducted as Opry member by Conlee at the Grand Ole Opry House during the October 25, 2008 edition of the Opry.
 
2000-2002  Atlantic Records

Upon his return home to Tennessee, he worked various jobs to support his family, including as a construction worker, a security guard and a sheriff's deputy. He would later land a job in Nashville singing demos for other songwriters and publishing companies. The demos led to releasing his first album with Atlantic Records, the self-titled Craig Morgan in 2000. It produced three singles, including "Something to Write Home About" at #39. A Christmas single, "The Kid in Me", also charted, but by the end of 2000, Atlantic shut its Nashville division.

2002-2008  Broken Bow Records

In 2002, Morgan signed with independent Broken Bow Records and released his second album, I Love It. Leading off this album was the patriotic-themed "God, Family and Country", a song dedicated to former Nashville session drummer Randy Hardison. This song featured backing vocals from the group 4 Runner, who also included a version on their 2003 album Getaway Car. Following this song was Morgan's second Top 40 hit, "Almost Home". It became his first Top Ten hit as well, spending thirty-seven weeks on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts and peaking at #6. Following it were "Every Friday Afternoon" and "Look at Us", at #25 and #29 respectively.

Morgan released his third album, My Kind of Livin', in 2004. Its first single, "That's What I Love About Sunday", became his only Number One hit, spending four weeks at Number One. The song was also the Number One country music single of 2005 according to the Billboard Year-End charts. Following it were the #2 "Redneck Yacht Club" and the #12 "I Got You", which Morgan had originally written for Keith Urban but, after recording a demo version, decided to keep the song for himself. My Kind of Livin' was also certified gold by the RIAA for shipping 500,000 copies, and "Redneck Yacht Club" was certified gold as a digital single.

His third and final album for Broken Bow, Little Bit of Life, was issued in 2006 and produced by Keith Stegall. Its title track ecame his fourth Top Ten hit, peaking at #7, followed by the #11 "Tough" and the #10 "International Harvester", which was co-written by Shane Minor, Jeffrey Steele and former Western Flyer member Danny Myrick. A Greatest Hits followed in February 2008, shortly before his departure from Broken Bow.

2008-present  BNA Records

After leaving Broken Bow, Morgan signed to BNA Records, a division of Sony BMG Nashville. His first album for the label, That's Why, was released in October 2008, and its lead-off single, "Love Remembers," reached a peak of #9 on the country charts in December 2008. The album's second single, "God Must Really Love Me" reached #26 in May 2009, thus becoming his first single to miss the top 20 since "Look At Us" in 2004. "Bonfire", the third single, is included on a re-released version of That's Why, released in May 2009. Morgan also co-wrote a song entitled "Say a Prayer", recorded by Tracy Lawrence on his 2009 album, The Rock.


"Tough" is the second single from country singer Craig Morgan's 2007 album Little Bit of Life. The song is about a hardworking wife and mother who survives breast cancer, serving as an inspiration to her husband, who sings, "There was a time / Back before she was mine / When I thought I was tough."

The video for "Tough" premiered on June 4, 2007. It features Morgan singing the song alongside film clips of a woman depicting the events in the song.

TOUGH

Monte Criswell/Joe Leathers

She’s in the kitchen at the crack of dawn
Bacon’s on, coffee’s strong
Kids running wild, taking off their clothes
If she’s a nervous wreck, well it never shows
Takes one to football and one to dance
Hits the Y for aerobics class
Drops by the bank, stops at the store
Has on a smile when I walk through the door
The last to go to bed, she’ll be the first one up
And I thought I was tough

Chorus
She’s strong, pushes on, can’t slow her down
She can take anything life dishes out
There was a time
Back before she was mine
When I thought I was tough

We sat there five years ago
The doctors let us know
The test showed
She’d have to fight to live, I broke down and cried
She held me and said it’s gonna be alright
She wore that wig to church
Pink ribbon pinned there on her shirt
No room for fear, full of faith
Hands held high singing Amazing Grace
Never once complained, refusing to give up
And I thought I was tough

Chorus
She’s strong, pushes on, can’t slow her down
She can take anything life dishes out
There was a time
Back before she was mine
When I thought I was tough

She’s a gentle word, the sweetest kiss
A velvet touch against my skin
I’ve seen her cry, I’ve seen her break
But in my eyes, she’ll always be strong

There was a time
Back before she was mine
When I thought I was tough

 

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