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Thomas Rhett Welcomes New Baby

Thomas Rhett shared a sweet selfie with newborn daughter Ada James via Instagram Tuesday. “Getting the hang of it I think,” the Die a Happy Man hitmaker, 27, captioned the image cuddling his 4-day-old baby girl. (see below)

 

The couple welcomed their second child on Saturday (August 12), according to Thomas’ social media.

“Last night at 10:28 PM Ada James Akins was born and it was truly the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. I can’t believe that we have two daughters!! My wife @laur_akins labored almost 36 hours. She is by far the strongest human being I have ever met and I have a new found respect for moms around the world. We are so excited that Willa Gray has a baby sister! Thank you Lord and everyone for the prayers #outnumbered,” he wrote.

The newborn weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. after a 36-hour labor.

Ada James joins 21-month-old big sister Willa Gray, adopted from Uganda in May of this year.

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Thomas Rhett’s New Single

Thomas Rhett has released a new single, “Unforgettable.”

The mid-tempo tune, which was written by Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Shane McAnally, will be featured on his upcoming album, Life Changes, which gets released on Sept. 8.

“I want people to come in from different genres and be like, ‘Dang, I never really listened to country music, but this record kind of turns me on in different ways,’” Rhett said to USA Today. “I think that’s why I recorded so many different types of songs on this record and really just tried to write what I know about.”

Listen to “Unforgettable” below.

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New Thomas Rhett Album

Thomas Rhett is a new father to adopted daughter, Willa.  And that’s evident in his songwriting now.

“I feel like the whole next record is going to be a pretty mushy one about my kids,” Rhett told told Lousiana’s Advocate (He was quick to clarify that his forthcoming record due out later this year was written before bringing Willa home, so that one will only have a couple songs that allude to how drastically life can change).

“But on the fourth record, for sure, there’s going to be a lot about my children.

“How can you not write about people that you’re with every day and that make you laugh and make you want to just go outside and take a deep breath for a minute,” he said.

He also knows that having Willa and another new baby at home (due this summer) is going to change the way he feels about leaving to go on the road for his tours. So he is looking for advice from his fellow country artist friends who’ve been there and done that.

“I texted Jason Aldean the other day and said, ‘How do you ever leave the house and not feel guilty?’ He said that feeling never really goes away, but that when you leave the house now, you get on the bus for a different purpose,” he recalled of the conversation.

“‘Before you had kids, it was all about going out there and trying to win at awards shows and sell as many tickets as possible and trying to have multi-week No. 1 (singles). After you have kids, you still want those things. But at the forefront of your brain is, ‘How can I give my child the best life humanly possible?’”

Aldean told Rhett that that’s what helps him get on the bus on the weekends.

And the new father revealed, “That’s the best piece of advice I’ve gotten so far.”

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Featured Artist of the Weekend – Thomas Rhett

By Ryan B

Before I started doing research on Thomas Rhett, I admittedly didn’t know much about him. After doing a little digging, it looks to me like we have a future superstar on our hands. He hasn’t quite reached that status yet, but I believe we will see a lot of good things out of him.

Thomas Rhett was born Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. on March 30th, 1990. As the son of recording artist Rhett Akins, music has always been a big part of his life. “Growing up, there was no such thing as listening to one radio station,” he remembers. Country, pop, R&B, rap, rock, oldies, it didn’t matter. If it was on the radio, he would listen to it. He started his stage career early by jumping on the drums with his father in junior high. He showed promise, but didn’t want pursue a career in music initially.

“My parents got divorced when I was nine. A lot of that had to do with my dad being on the road and that disconnect. Mom kind of always made me promise I would never get into the music business. I think at one point I actually did promise her that when I was younger,” Rhett admitted.

When he reached high school, he started a pop-rock band called The High Heeled Flip Flops. After high school, Rhett kept his promise to his mother and attended Lipscomb University in Nashville. He didn’t really have a career path in mind, so he changed his major from kinesiology, to physical therapy, and lastly to communications. After a while he finally decided that making music is what he wanted to do the most. He played as a member of Tau Phi for their cowboy show and for frat parties.

 

One of his earliest successes was co-writing Jason Aldean’s “I Ain’t Ready to Quit” for his 2010 album, “My Kinda Party.” The following year he signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records, and released his debut single, “Something to Do with My Hands” the following year. The single was a moderate success landing at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 15 on Billboard’s Hot Country Single chart. A little later in 2012, he released the single, “Beer with Jesus” which peaked at 26 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. His third single, “It Goes Like This”, saw more success for Rhett, as it peaked at number 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart and topped the Country Airplay chart. On October 29th, he released his debut album, “It Goes Like This”. The album’s fourth single “Get Me Some of That”, and fifth single, “Make Me Wanna”, also topped the Country Airplay chart.

 

In April 2015, Rhrett released a new single entitled “Crash and Burn”, which served as the lead single for his second studio album, “Tangled Up”. After being released in September, “Tangled Up” reached number one on the Country Airplay charts, along with the second single off of the album, “Die a Happy Man”.

 

Thomas Rhett has a very promising career in from of him. He is only on his fourth year in his career, and he already has 3 number one singles, and a number one album. He has also been nominated for several awards including, New Artist of the Year at the 2013 American Country Awards, the 2014 Country Music Association Awards, andthe 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards. He did win at the 2015 ASPCA Country Music Awards for Most Performed Song (Make Me Wanna). I see Rhett giving us a lot more in his future.

 

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Thomas Rhett Writing Songs with Florida Georgia Line

Thomas Rhett recently revealed that when he last toured with his Florida Georgia Line, they wrote a few killer tunes. Unfortunately for Rhett, the songs were written after he’d completed his latest album, Tangled Up, but that doesn’t mean those songs won’t make it onto someone else’s record – like Florida Georgia Line’s upcoming project.

In a recent chat with his record label, Rhett said that’s a distinct possibility, but timing is everything when it comes to picking songs.

“I have no idea,” he said. “We wrote one the other day that they’re saying they’re gonna cut, but they write so many dang songs that I feel like it usually comes down to what is cool and fresh on their mind right before they cut a record.”

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