Ty Herndon risked his career to come out, but he's a fighter

In this Oct. 31, 2016 photo, Ty Herndon poses in Nashville, Tenn., to promote his latest album, “House on Fire,” released on Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two years after coming out publicly as a gay man, country singer Ty Herndon is revealing much more about his lifelong struggle for acceptance in a new album that he hopes everyone can relate to.

"House on Fire," released last week, features love songs that are gender neutral, a moving title track about feeling shamed inside the church and hopeful anthems for love.

"I wanted music that would go out into the world and that anyone from any walk of life could hear their story in my music," Herndon said in a recent interview. "Because I have a lot of die-hard country fans who have been with me a long time and are still right there. And I have a legion of brand new fans, within the young country listeners, within the LGBT community."