Thomas Rhett

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Thomas Rhett
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Rhett in 2013
Background information
Birth nameThomas Rhett Akins Jr. [1]
Born (1990-03-30) March 30, 1990 (age 32) [1]
Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2010–present
Labels Valory/Big Machine
Website thomasrhett.com

Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. (born March 30, 1990) [1] is an American singer-songwriter. [2] He is a son of singer Rhett Akins. [3]

Contents

Rhett has released six studio albums for Big Machine Records' Valory Music imprint: It Goes Like This (2013), [4] Tangled Up (2015), [5] Life Changes (2017), [6] Center Point Road (2019), Country Again: Side A (2021) and Where We Started (2022). [7] He has received four Grammy Award nominations with two albums being nominated for Best Country Album in 2017 and 2019. [8]

His five albums have produced 21 singles on the Billboard Hot Country and Country Airplay charts, with 17 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", "Sixteen", “Remember You Young”, "Look What God Gave Her", "Beer Can't Fix", "What's Your Country Song", and "Country Again".

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.

Early life

Rhett was born in Valdosta, Georgia, [1] to mother Paige Braswell and father Rhett Akins. He was raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee. [9] He grew up knowing other singers including Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn. [10] He has one younger sister, [11] and two younger half-brothers; one on his mother's side, and one his father's side. [12]

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. [13] Rhett went to Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, to study communications. [14] He dropped out of college when he was 20 to pursue a career in music. [15] He subsequently accepted a publishing deal by Big Machine Label Group to write songs. [10]

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. [16] 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. [17] 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". [18]

Thomas Rhett at the 2014 Craven Country Jamboree Thomas Rhett 2014 Craven Country Jamboree 22.jpg
Thomas Rhett at the 2014 Craven Country Jamboree

2012–2015: It Goes Like This

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. [19] 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" which served as the lead single to his second studio album. The album, Tangled Up , was released on September 25. [20] 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, "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 . 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. [21] The album's fifth single was "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. [22] "Remember You Young" was the album's second single, [23] while "Beer Can't Fix" featuring Jon Pardi was the third single. [24]

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. [25] Rhett won Entertainer of the Year at the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards. [26] He co-wrote the song "Don't Need the Whiskey" by Dallas Smith, released in August 2020. [27]

2021–present: Country Again and Where We Started

In March 2021, Rhett announced a double album release, with the first part, Country Again: Side A , released on April 30, 2021. It includes the singles "What's Your Country Song" and "Country Again". [28] [29] In November 2021, he released the single "Slow Down Summer", which is the lead single from his sixth studio album Where We Started , released on April 1, 2022. Rhett intends to release the album Country Again: Side B in late 2022. [30]

Rhett also released a promotional single in 2022 titled "Death Row", which features guest vocals from Tyler Hubbard and Russell Dickerson. [31]

On October 21, 2022, Rhett released his EP Merry Christmas, Y'all. [32]

Personal life

Rhett married Lauren Akins ( née Gregory), on October 12, 2012. [33] In May 2017, they announced that they were adopting a baby girl from Uganda who was born on November 1, 2015, and were also expecting. They welcomed their daughter in August 2017. [34] [35] [36] Their third daughter was born on February 10, 2020, and their fourth daughter was born on November 15, 2021.

Rhett is a Christian. [37] [38] [39] [40]

Discography

Tours

Headlining

Supporting

Awards and nominations

YearCeremonyCategoryRecipient/WorkResultRef
2013 American Country Awards New Artist of the YearThomas RhettNominated [44]
2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year"It Goes Like This" [45]
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year [46]
Breakthrough Video of the Year
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the YearThomas Rhett [47]
American Country Countdown Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year [48]
2015 Academy of Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year [49]
CMT Music Awards Collaborative Video of the Year"Small Town Throwdown" (shared with Brantley Gilbert & Justin Moore) [50]
BMI Country Awards Top 50 Songs"Make Me Wanna"Won [51]
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the YearThomas RhettNominated [52]
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Artist of the YearNominated [53]
Best Lyrics"Die a Happy Man"Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite SongNominated [54]
Favorite Country Male Artist - CountryThomas RhettNominated
Academy of Country Music Awards New Male Vocalist of the YearNominated [55]
Album of the Year Tangled Up Nominated
Single Record of the Year"Die a Happy Man"Won
Country Music Association Awards Single of the YearNominated [56]
Song of the YearWon [56]
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song Won [57]
2017 Grammy Awards Best Country Song Nominated [58]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Artist of the YearThomas RhettWon [53]
Country Song of the Year"T-Shirt"Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Male Vocalist of the YearThomas RhettWon [59]
Song of the Year"Die a Happy Man"Won
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year"Star of the Show"Nominated [60]
Male Video of the YearNominated
CMT Performance of the Year"Close" (with Nick Jonas)Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Song"Craving You" (feat. Maren Morris)Nominated [61]
Country Music Association Awards Musical Event of the YearNominated [62]
Music Video of the YearNominated
Male Vocalist of the YearThomas RhettNominated
American Music Awards Favorite Male Artist - CountryNominated [63]
2018 Grammy Awards Best Country AlbumLife ChangesNominated [64]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Artist of the YearThomas RhettWon [65]
Country Song of the Year"Unforgettable"Nominated
Academy of Country Music AwardsMale Vocalist of the YearThomas RhettNominated [66]
Album of the YearLife ChangesNominated
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 RhettNominated [67]
Top Country Male ArtistNominated
Top Country Album Life Changes Nominated
CMT Music AwardsVideo of the Year"Marry Me"Nominated [68]
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 YearThomas RhettNominated [69]
Album of the Year Life Changes Nominated
Music Video of the Year"Marry Me"Won
American Music Awards Favorite Male Artist - CountryThomas RhettNominated [70]
Favorite Album - Country Life Changes Nominated
2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Artist of the YearThomas RhettNominated [71]
Academy of Country Music AwardsMale Artist of the YearWon [72]
CMT Music Awards Male Video of the Year"Life Changes"Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country ArtistThomas RhettNominated [73]
Choice Country SongLook What God Gave HerNominated
Country Music Association Awards Male Vocalist of the YearThomas RhettNominated [69]
Album of the Year Center Point Road Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Male Artist - CountryThomas RhettNominated
2020 Grammy Awards Best Country AlbumCenter Point RoadNominated [64]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Artist of the YearThomas RhettNominated
Academy of Country Music AwardsEntertainer of the YearWon [26]
Album of the YearCenter Point RoadNominated
Male Artist of the YearThomas RhettNominated
Video of the Year"Remember You Young"Won
CMT Music Awards Video of the YearNominated [74]
Male Video of the YearNominated
Collaborative Video of the Year"Beer Can't Fix" (with Jon Pardi)Nominated
Country Music Association AwardsMale Vocalist of the YearThomas RhettNominated
Musical Event of the Year"Be a Light" (feat. Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, and Keith Urban)Nominated
2021 Grammy Awards Best Country Song"Some People Do"Nominated [64]
Academy of Country Music AwardsEntertainer of the YearThomas RhettNominated
Male Artist of the YearThomas RhettWon
Song of the Year"Some People Do"Nominated
Musical Event of the Year"Be a Light"Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Artist of the YearThomas RhettNominated
CMT Music Awards Male Video of the Year"What's Your Country Song"Nominated
Country Music Association AwardsMale Vocalist of the YearThomas RhettNominated
2022 Grammy Awards Best Country Song"Country Again"Nominated

Television appearances

YearTitleRoleNotes
2016 CMT Crossroads HimselfAlongside Nick Jonas
2016–present CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock Himself/Co-hostAlongside Brett Eldredge and Kelsea Ballerini
2017 The Ranch Himself
2018 The Voice Himself/Advisor Season 15: Team Kelly
2019 Saturday Night Live Himself/Musical guest [75] Season 44: "John Mulaney/Thomas Rhett"
2019 Kennedy Center Honors Himself

He also sang a duet with Elmo and the gang on Sesame Street. [76]

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