Thomas Rhett

March 30, 1990

Thomas Rhett Artistfacts

  • Thomas Rhett grew up in the music industry by means of his singer-songwriter father Rhett Akins ("All About Tonight," "The Shape I'm In," "Farmer's Daughter"). His full name is Thomas Rhett Akins; he chose "Thomas Rhett" as his stage name because of the Atkins glut in country music (Trace, Rodney).
  • During high school, Rhett was part of a band named The High Heeled Flip Flops.
  • Whilst studying business and communications at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Rhett formed a cover band and began playing frat parties and other gigs they could get. His father persuaded him to take the stage one night at a Nashville showcase, and EMI Music's Ben Vaughn, the same publisher who had signed his father many years earlier, offered Rhett a publishing deal.
  • After half a year Rhett succeeded in landing the song "I Ain't Ready to Quit" on Jason Aldean's 2010 My Kinda Party album. The cut came at a pivotal time. "I would say that was a huge turning point in my life," Rhett told Billboard magazine. "I'd been writing songs for about five or six months pretty hard, and I was trying to balance songwriting and school - which was a pretty hard task. I wrote it with two other guys who had never had a cut, so for three no name writers to get our first cut on the Album of the Year was an incredible experience as an amateur songwriter."
  • The following year Rhett signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records' Valory Music Group division. "Something To Do With My Hands," which Rhett penned with Lee Thomas Miller and Chris Stapleton, was released as his debut single.
  • In October 2013, Rhett and his dad made country music history, becoming the first father and son who wrote, co-wrote or performed five of the Top 10 singles on the country music charts. The songs they charted with included cuts performed by Florida Georgia Line, Billy Currington, Lee Brice and Justin Moore. The fifth one, a Akins co-wrote, went on to be his son's first #1 single, "It Goes Like This."
  • His wife Lauren, is a trained nurse whom Thomas has known since grade school and married in 2012. She has been a muse for several of his songs including "Die a Happy Man" and "Star of the Show." Lauren has also featured in a number of her husband's videos such as the clip for "Vacation."
  • When he does have a little bit of free time, Rhett likes to spend it with his friends. "If it's in the summertime, I love to go fish," he said. "I like to play golf. I'm not very good at playing golf but I love to do it. It's relaxing. I just like to chill with my buddies. I don't get to see my friends a lot being on the road and so when I get home, me and my buddies will go out or just kick it at the house and drink a beer, talk about life. I like to unwind when I get home; kinda chill out."
  • Rhett doesn't need to write a song to express what he's feeling in everyday life. "I'm an open book," he told Great American Country TV. "If I'm in a bad mood, you're gonna know. If I'm happy, you're gonna know. And if something's bothering me I'm gonna tell ya. You can ask my wife Lauren, I've always been that way."

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