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.