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Thomas Rhett Akins Jr., professionally known as Thomas Rhett (born March 30, 1990), is an American
country music Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. The term also includes Western music (North America) which had similar origins in the Western United States and Rocky Mou ...
singer-songwriter. He is the son of singer
Rhett Akins Thomas Rhett Akins Sr. (born October 13, 1969) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Decca Records between 1994 and 1997, he released two albums for that label (1995's ''A Thousand Memories'' and 1996's ''Somebody New (alb ...
. Rhett has released four studio albums for Big Machine Records' Valory Music imprint: '' It Goes Like This'' (2013), '' Tangled Up'' (2015), ''Life Changes (Thomas Rhett album), Life Changes'' (2017), and ''Center Point Road'' (2019). He has received four Grammy Award nominations with two albums being nominated for Grammy Award for Best Country Album, Best Country Album in 2017 and 2019. His four albums have produced nineteen singles on the ''Billboard (magazine), Billboard'' Hot Country Songs, Hot Country and Country Airplay charts, with fifteen reaching the No. 1 position on the latter: "It Goes Like This (song), It Goes Like This", "Get Me Some of That", "Make Me Wanna", "Crash and Burn (Thomas Rhett song), Crash and Burn", "Die a Happy Man", "T-Shirt (Thomas Rhett song), T-Shirt", "Star of the Show", "Craving You", "Unforgettable (Thomas Rhett song), Unforgettable", "Marry Me (Thomas Rhett song), Marry Me", "Life Changes (Thomas Rhett song), Life Changes", "Sixteen (Thomas Rhett song), Sixteen", “Remember You Young”, "Look What God Gave Her", and "Beer Can't Fix". In addition to much of his own material, Rhett has written singles for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, LoCash, and Michael Ray (singer), Michael Ray, among others.


Early life

Rhett was born in Valdosta, Georgia, to Paige Braswell and country singer
Rhett Akins Thomas Rhett Akins Sr. (born October 13, 1969) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Decca Records between 1994 and 1997, he released two albums for that label (1995's ''A Thousand Memories'' and 1996's ''Somebody New (alb ...
, and grew up knowing other singers including Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn. He has one younger sister, Kasey, and a younger half-brother on his father's side, Brody James Akins, born on March 13, 2020. His paternal great-grandfather was Lebanese. 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. Rhett went to Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, to study communications. He dropped out of college when he was 20 to pursue a career in music. He subsequently accepted a publishing deal by Big Machine Label Group to write songs.


Career


Songwriting

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 (song), 1994" by Jason Aldean, "Parking Lot Party" by Lee Brice, and "Round Here (Florida Georgia Line song), 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 This''

file:Thomas Rhett.jpg, left, upRhett performing in 2013 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 (song), 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 Up''

On April 7, 2015, Rhett released a new single titled "Crash and Burn (Thomas Rhett song), 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 (Thomas Rhett song), 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.


2017–2020: ''Life Changes'' and ''Center Point Road''

On September 8, Rhett released his third studio album ''Life Changes (Thomas Rhett album), Life Changes''. It includes the chart-topping singles "Craving You" featuring Maren Morris, "Unforgettable (Thomas Rhett song), Unforgettable", and "Marry Me (Thomas Rhett song), Marry Me". The title track was released as the album's fourth single on April 16, 2018. The album's fifth single was "Sixteen (Thomas Rhett song), Sixteen". On March 1, 2019, Rhett released "Look What God Gave Her" as the lead-off single to his 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 was released on May 31. "Remember You Young" was the album's second single, while "Beer Can't Fix" featuring Jon Pardi was the third single. In 2020, Rhett released the standalone single "Be a Light", a star-studded collaboration featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban. All proceeds earned from the song are donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Rhett won Entertainer of the Year at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards. He co-wrote the song "Don't Need the Whiskey" by Dallas Smith, released in August 2020.


2021-present: ''Country Again''

In March 2021, Rhett announced a double album release, with the first album ''Country Again: Side A'' set for release on April 30, 2021. It will feature the single "What's Your Country Song".


Personal life

Rhett married Lauren Akins, on October 12, 2012. They announced that they were expecting a child together, and adopting a baby girl from Uganda, Willa Gray Akins (b. November 1, 2015),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". On July 23, 2019, Rhett announced that he and his wife were expecting their third daughter, Lennon Love Akins, who was born on February 10, 2020. Both of Rhett's parents have since divorced and remarried. Rhett has a half-brother through his mother, Tyler Lankford (born April 2005) and another one through his father, Brody James Akins (born March 2020, and thus younger than all three of his nieces).


Discography

* '' It Goes Like This'' (2013) * '' Tangled Up'' (2015) * ''Life Changes (Thomas Rhett album), Life Changes'' (2017) * ''Center Point Road'' (2019) * ''Country Again: Side A'' (2021)


Tours

Headlining * Home Team Tour (2017) *Life Changes Tour (2018) *Very Hot Summer Tour (2019) *Center Point Road Tour (2020) Supporting *Own the Night Tour with Lady Antebellum (2012) *2013 Night Train Tour, 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) *We Were Here Tour, Six String Circus Tour with Jason Aldean (2016)


Awards and nominations


Television appearances

He also sang a duet with Elmo and the gang on ''Sesame Street''.


References


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