(AP) - Craig Morgan didn't want to make a collection of new versions of his old songs. He says that was his label's idea and he fought it initially.

However, it dawned on him that it would be the perfect way to transition between his past and his future. Morgan says the song "Waking Up Loving You" is a bridge between the old songs and what fans can expect out of him in the future.

He says an entire album of songs like that might have freaked people out. Some of the old songs have changed for him. Morgan says he initially recorded "Tough" about losing someone to cancer, and when he recorded it again, his mother had just died of cancer. He says the new version has real emotion in it.

"The Journey (Livin' Hits)" is out this week.