Thomas Rhett grew up in the music industry by means of his singer-songwriter father Rhett Akins. 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 dad 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. Within a few months, he'd succeeded in landing the cut "I Ain't Ready To Quit
" on Jason Aldean's 2010 album My Kinda Party
and the following year Rhett signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records' Valory Music Group division. This playful tune, which Rhett penned with Lee Thomas Miller and Chris Stapleton, was released as his debut single.