Brantley Gilbert Engaged to Amber Cochran
updated 11/13/2014 AT 06:15 PM EST
•originally published 11/13/2014 AT 10:40 AM EST
The country star is set to marry Amber Cochran, a schoolteacher from his hometown he has known for many years.
"Amber is an amazing person and has inspired a lot of my songs from 'More Than Miles' to 'You Don't Know Her Like I Do' for the last 10 years," Gilbert, 29, tells PEOPLE. "I'm a blessed man to have her back in my life and can't wait to make her my wife."
He previously told syndicated country radio program The Bobby Bones Show that Cochran "was the one that got away for about five years. It came back around and I've never been happier. This little one, she's the one, and I'm a pretty stoked dude. I'm pretty excited to say the least."
The "Bottoms Up" singer has a lot to celebrate – his latest release, Just As I Am, is nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Country Album and he's set to hit the road in 2015 as part of The Big Revival Tour with Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean.
Gilbert was previously engaged to fellow country singer Jana Kramer. The two ended their engagement in August 2013, blaming their busy careers for the split.