Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. (born March 30, 1990) is an American country music singer and songwriter. His father is the singer Rhett Akins. Rhett has released four studio albums for Big Machine Records' Valory Music imprint: It Goes Like This (2013), Tangled Up (2015), Life Changes (2017). and Center Point Road (2019). These albums have produced seventeen singles on the Hot Country and Country Airplay charts, with twelve reaching the No. 1 position on the latter: "It Goes Like This", "Get Me Some of That", "Make Me Wanna", "Crash and Burn", "Die a Happy Man", "T-Shirt", "Star of the Show", "Craving You", "Unforgettable", "Marry Me", "Life Changes", and "Sixteen". In addition to much of his own material, Rhett has written singles for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, LoCash and Michael Ray among others.
Rhett in 2013
|Birth name||Thomas Rhett Akins Jr.|
|Born||March 30, 1990 (age 29)|
Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.
|Associated acts||Rhett Akins|
Rhett was born in Valdosta, Georgia, to Paige Braswell and singer Rhett Akins, and grew up knowing other singers including Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn. After learning to play drums while attending junior high school, Rhett later would go onstage with his father and play. In high school, he was part of a band named The High Heeled Flip Flops. Besides music, he did not have a career choice in mind. After high school, Rhett went to college at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, to study communications, mainly because his friends were going to college and he didn't know what else to do. Rhett's interest in music grew throughout the years and as a result he failed to keep his promise to his mom—he dropped out of college when he was 20 to pursue a career in music. One night while he was playing at a club, an executive from Big Machine Label Group approached him and offered him a publishing deal to write songs. He accepted and began writing many songs for the company.
Rhett co-wrote the song "I Ain't Ready to Quit" on Jason Aldean's 2010 album My Kinda Party and signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records' Valory Music Group division in 2011. The album's first 21 weeks were spent in the top 40 of the Billboard 200; it also has sold 1.7 million in its first years of release. Rhett also co-wrote the 2013 singles "1994" by Jason Aldean, "Parking Lot Party" by Lee Brice, and "Round Here" by Florida Georgia Line. During the chart week of September 21, 2013, the Country Airplay chart included five songs within the top 10 that Rhett or his father had co-written, including "It Goes Like This".
2012–2015: It Goes Like ThisEdit
In early 2012, he released his debut single, "Something to Do with My Hands", followed later that year by "Beer with Jesus". Both of these made top 30 on the Hot Country Songs charts. His third single, "It Goes Like This", topped the Country Airplay chart and also peaked at number 2 on the Hot Country Songs.
His debut album, also titled It Goes Like This, was released on October 29, 2013. The album's fourth single, "Get Me Some of That", became Rhett's second number 1 single in early 2014. The album's fifth single, "Make Me Wanna", was released to country radio on August 4, 2014. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart on March 7, 2015. In between the two singles, Rhett sang guest vocals along with Justin Moore on Brantley Gilbert's "Small Town Throwdown".
2015–2017: Tangled UpEdit
On April 7, 2015, Rhett released a new single titled "Crash and Burn" which served as the lead single to his second studio album. The album, Tangled Up, was released on September 25. It reached at number one on the Country Airplay chart in September 2015. The album's second single, "Die a Happy Man" released to country radio on September 28, 2015. It reached at number one on the Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs and Canada Country chart in December 2015. and January 2016. It stayed at number one on the Country Airplay chart for 8 weeks, becoming the second song in the chart's history to do so. The album's third single, "T-Shirt" released to country radio on February 16, 2016. It reached at number one on the Country Airplay in June 2016, but received poor critical reviews criticizing its lyrical content. The album's fourth single, "Vacation" released to country radio on June 13, 2016. The album's fifth single with Deluxe Version, "Star of the Show" released to country radio on October 3, 2016.
2017–present: Life Changes and Center Point RoadEdit
On September 8, Rhett released his third studio album Life Changes. It includes the chart-topping singles "Craving You" featuring Maren Morris, "Unforgettable", and "Marry Me". The title track was released as the album's fourth single on April 16, 2018. The album's fifth single was "Sixteen".
On March 1, 2019, Rhett released "Look What God Gave Her" as the leadoff single to his upcoming fourth studio album, Center Point Road. The following night, on Saturday Night Live, Rhett performed another new song from the album, called "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time". The album is slated for release on May 31.
Thomas Rhett is married to Lauren Akins, whom he has known since second grade. The couple married on October 12, 2012. They announced that they were expecting a child together, adopting a baby girl from Uganda, Willa Gray Akins (b. November 1, 2015), on May 12, 2017. On August 12, 2017, they welcomed their second daughter, Ada James Akins. Rhett mentions his wife and daughters in his song "Life Changes" and they appear in the music video with him. He also included them in his video for "Look What God Gave Her."
- Home Team Tour (2017) with Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson, Ryan Hurd, Brett Young, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, and Walker Hayes.
- Life Changes Tour (2018) with Brett Young, Midland, and Jillian Jacqueline.
- Very Hot Summer Tour (2019) with Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins.
- Own the Night Tour with Lady Antebellum (2012)
- Night Train Tour with Jason Aldean and Jake Owen (2013)
- Anything Goes Tour with Florida Georgia Line and Frankie Ballard (2015)
- Suits & Boots Tour (co-headlining) with Brett Eldredge (2015)
- We Were Here Tour with Jason Aldean (2016)
- C2C: Country to Country with Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam and Ashley Monroe (2016)
- Six String Circus Tour with Jason Aldean (2016)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2013||American Country Awards||New Artist of the Year||Thomas Rhett||Nominated|||
|2014||iHeartRadio Music Awards||Country Song of the Year||"It Goes Like This"|||
|CMT Music Awards||Video of the Year|||
|Breakthrough Video of the Year|
|Country Music Association Awards||New Artist of the Year||Thomas Rhett|||
|American Country Countdown Awards||Breakthrough Artist of the Year|||
|2015||Academy of Country Music Awards||New Artist of the Year|||
|CMT Music Awards||Collaborative Video of the Year||"Small Town Throwdown" (shared with Brantley Gilbert & Justin Moore)|||
|BMI Country Awards||Top 50 Songs||"Make Me Wanna"||Won|||
|Country Music Association Awards||New Artist of the Year||Thomas Rhett||Nominated|||
|2016||American Music Awards||Favorite Male Artist – Country||Nominated|||
|Favorite Song - Country||"Die a Happy Man"||Nominated|
|Country Music Association Awards||Song of the Year||Won|||
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Country Song||Won|||
|2017||Grammy Awards||Best Country Song||Nominated|||
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Country Artist of the Year||Thomas Rhett||Won|||
|Country Song of the Year||"T-Shirt"||Nominated|
|Academy of Country Music Awards||Male Vocalist of the Year||Thomas Rhett||Won|
|Song of the Year||"Die a Happy Man"||Won|
|CMT Music Awards||Video of the Year||"Star of the Show"||Nominated|||
|Male Video of the Year||Nominated|
|CMT Performance of the Year||"Close" (with Nick Jonas)||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Country Song||"Craving You" (feat. Maren Morris)||Nominated|||
|Country Music Association Awards||Musical Event of the Year||Nominated|||
|Music Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Male Vocalist of the Year||Thomas Rhett||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Male Artist - Country||Nominated|||
|2018||Grammy Awards||Best Country Album||Life Changes||Nominated|||
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Country Artist of the Year||Thomas Rhett||Won|||
|Country Song of the Year||"Unforgettable"||Nominated|
|Academy of Country Music Awards||Male Vocalist of the Year||Thomas Rhett||Nominated|||
|Album of the Year||Life Changes||Nominated|
|Video of the Year||"Marry Me"||Nominated|
|Vocal Event of the Year||"Craving You" (feat. Maren Morris)||Nominated|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Country Artist||Thomas Rhett||Nominated|||
|Top Country Male Artist||Nominated|
|Top Country Album||Life Changes||Nominated|
|CMT Music Awards||Video of the Year||"Marry Me"||Nominated|||
|Collaborative Video of the Year||"Craving You" (feat. Maren Morris)||Nominated|
|Male Video of the Year||"Marry Me"||Nominated|
|Country Music Association Awards||Male Vocalist of the Year||Thomas Rhett||Nominated|||
|Album of the Year||Life Changes||Nominated|
|Music Video of the Year||"Marry Me"||Won|
|2019||iHeartRadio Music Awards||Country Artist of the Year||Thomas Rhett||Nominated|||
|Academy of Country Music Awards||Male Artist of the Year||Won|||
|2016||CMT Crossroads||Himself||Alongside Nick Jonas|
|2016–present||CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock||Himself/Co-host||Alongside Brett Eldredge and Kelsea Ballerini|
|2018||The Voice||Himself/Advisor||Season 15: Team Kelly|
|2019||Saturday Night Live||Himself/Musical guest||Season 44: "John Mulaney/Thomas Rhett"|
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