The singer is now planning a wedding with longtime girlfriend Hannah Lee Fowler, and he has opened up about the moment he got down on one knee and asked her to be his bride earlier this year (17).

In a radio interview on Wednesday (25Jan17), he said, "It was exciting. I thought it was going to be a cinch when I got the ring, put it in my pocket the day I planned on asking her to marry me (but) once you have the ring in your pocket the clock is ticking... you could do it (propose) at any moment (and) it becomes a bigger deal than you think.

"It worked out perfectly. We took a trip over to Israel, and we were travelling and visiting all these really cool places and learning about that part of the world. There were a lot of places we were visiting that were really spiritual and it really connected us in a deeper spiritual way."

Fowler, who hates the limelight, inspired many of the songs on her husband-to-be’s hit debut album, Montevallo, and he wrote his new single Drinkin' Too Much following a recent break-up. He confirmed reports suggesting he and Fowler back together at the end of last year (16).

His next single, Body Like a Back Road, was written following their engagement, which almost didn't happen following one of the pair's famous spats.

"I had the ring ready and we actually got into this little disagreement... the night before I planned to ask her," he recalls. "I think because I felt like this disagreement spoiled my big plan to ask her to marry me, it irritated me a little more, which contributed to making the little fight worse and it escalated to the point where it actually worked out. We got real for a minute, after this little riff that we had. In that moment, it just felt perfect.

"After I asked her to marry me (all that) just fizzled away and we celebrated and got excited together."