Country music star Thomas Rhett celebrated his seven year wedding anniversary with wife Lauren Akins on Saturday. It’s easy to think that Thomas Rhett would let the celebrity go to his head, but the country singer remains one of the most grounded and relatable men in the industry.
It’s a phenomenon familiar to the country star who had the last #1 album before Rhett’s. That’d be the young black country phenom Kane Brown. Like Center Point Road, Brown’s chart-topping Experiment exists along the blurry borderline between boilerplate Nashville tropes and more pop-minded easy listening fare. Good As You” (#36 on the Hot 100) shares some DNA with Ed Sheeran, while Lose It” (#28) more explicitly embraces a country sound with abundant banjo and fiddle in the mix. His biggest exposure outside the country bubble, though, has come through collaborations with two of the most genre-averse hit-makers of this moment.
Dustin Lynch occupies a unique place in today’s country music. Thanks to his classic sensibilities, he’s been heralded as the heir to George Strait’s throne. Yet with one listen to his newest hit, Where It’s At,” it’s obvious the young Tennessean knows how to combine his traditional influences with an edgy intensity that places him at the vanguard of today’s contemporary country scene.
For instance, the soulfully folksy Irish balladeer Hozier, who has built a solid career for himself but hasn’t enjoyed a proper hit since his 2013 breakthrough Take Me To Church,” hopped on a remix of Maren Morris‘ The Bones” this week. This is a travesty because The Bones” is a perfect pop-country song Creatively, the last thing it needs is 100% more Hozier. Yet Hozier clearly sees it as a chance to swoop some country listeners into his fan base, and with The Bones” lingering near the bottom of the Hot 100, Morris likely recognizes the potential for another crossover moment. But in the race to blow up, it’s got nothing on the week’s other country-pop collaboration.
Sometimes the genre-jumping is more overt, and it works both ways. Last year , just as country star Maren Morris was crashing pop radio with an assist from Zedd, pop mainstay Bebe Rexha was bum-rushing the country charts with help from Florida Georgia Line. Rhett himself has toyed with the idea of jumping on a more overt pop song, name-checking pals like the Chainsmokers (who recently teamed up with former Rhett duet partner Kelsea Ballerini) and Diplo (who just conscripted the Jonas Brothers into his own campaign for a country crossover).
Despite having only released one studio album, it scored well commercially so the fanbase is ready and waiting to see Thomas bring ‘It Goes Like This’ to life. There is great skill in the way he develops early songs to give a more involving live experience to the delighted masses. ‘Make Me Wanna’ has the whole audience singing along despite having only released it a few months ago, it has fast become a favourite. The singer thanks the crowd for their enthusiastic involvement and expresses his slight bemusement at his new found fame. Rounding the evening off with ‘Something To Do With My Hands’, the crowd stand as one to celebrate this new singer and assure him they will continue to support his career.
It covers my college years, marrying Lauren, becoming a dad and the evolution of my music career. It’s definitely the most personal song I’ve ever written, but we all go through a lot in life whatever the story is, so I think the sentiment is something a lot of people can relate to.
Though he is a successful singer now, Thomas Rhett actually got his start in the business because of his songwriting In 2011, a representative from Big Machine Records saw him perform one night and asked him to write for the label. His writing credits include hits for Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Lee Brice.
Rhett co-wrote the song I Ain’t Ready to Quit” on Jason Aldeans’ 2010 album, My Kinda Party” and then signed a contract with Big Machine Records, Valory Music Group division in 2011. He released his debut single Something to Do with My Hands” which was released on February 21st 2012, with a music video too. The song reached number 15 on the US Hot Country Songs. His follow up single Beer With Jesus” was released on September 4th 2012, and reached number 1 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. It wasn’t until his song It Goes Like This” released on May 6th 2013, that Rhett got the success that he deserved, with the song going Platinum, and making it to number 1 on the US Country Airplay chart, it also became the title track of his debut album, which was released on October 29th 2013. The albums’ fourth single Get Me Some of That” became Rhett’s second number 1 single.
Hhe is in the midst of his Very Hot Summer tour with his dad, Rhett Akins , along with Russell Dickerson and Dustin Lynch He will also be sprinkling in some performances at mega country concerts all over the country.
Honolulu, HI. Monday, December 10th, 2018 – Country music singer and songrwriter Thomas Rhett to perform on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at the Blaisdell Center Arena located at 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814. This show is all ages and begins at 7:30PM with doors opening at 6:30PM.
Thomas Rhett, (born March 30th, 1990) is a country and western singer songwriter from Valdosta, Georgia. He is the song of Rhett Atkins and has five singles that charts from his debut album It Goes Like This”.
You could say the same about Tangled Up. Produced by Dan Huff and Jesse Frasure, the album is filled with party anthems, dance tunes, drinking songs, love ballads, and everything in between, all tied together by a dynamic singer who’s unafraid to blur the lines between genres. Some songs take their influence from country stars like Eric Church. Others are more reminiscent of pop idols like Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars. None of the tracks sound alike, but they do all sound like Thomas Rhett songs.
Hear that? That’s the sweet sound of Thomas Rhett calling you over! He’s flying you and a friend out to give you VIP tickets for his show. But that’s far from all. You’ll hang out, snap photos and—because Thomas Rhett knows that doing good makes for a good time—you’ll team up for the Crown Royal Purple Bag Project and pack care packages that’ll brighten the spirits of active service members deployed around the world. Just like you, this night will be unforgettable. Flights and hotel are covered.
Led by the single “Crash and Burn,” which reached number one on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and number two on the Hot Country chart, Rhett’s sophomore album, Tangled Up, appeared in September 2015. A second number one smash, “Die a Happy Man,” and third single, “T-Shirt,” helped turn Tangled Up into a big hit that stayed on the charts into 2016. That year, a deluxe edition of the album appeared, featuring the single “Star of the Show,” which went into the Top Ten as well.
Middle of Nowhere” explores a complicated relationship that Lynch says more closely mirrors his own life. It’s about being stuck in the friend zone and wondering if you should take a friendship into no man’s land where there’s no return,” he explains with a smile. Once you kiss a friend, you’re not a friend anymore. All of a sudden you are something bigger and hopefully better, but sometimes it ends up crashing and burning pretty hard. So there’s that fear factor.
Ahead of the awards ceremony on Wednesday, CMT released the official family portrait, which features Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde and Dan + Shay.
Just six years after his debut album was released, the singer has had notable success. According to Celebrity Net Worth , Thomas Rhett’s estimated net worth is $5 million. On top of it all, Thomas Rhett was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, with the magazine calling him one of the most financially successful acts in the class of 2018.” Forbes estimated that he drew in about $250,000 per night on the road in 2018. With his recent best male artist” award at the CMA Awards, Thomas Rhett shows no signs of slowing down. This number is sure to grow exponentially in years to come.
Had a great time, never really listened to Thomas Rhett but loved what I heard, had a great time, look forward to learning more. Venue was great, great acoustics, had a really good time.
Rhett’s Platinum-certified third album Life Changes (The Valory Music Co.) is the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with a diverse batch of songs as he stretches his sound to new limits. He topped Billboard’s year-end Country Airplay chart and is Mediabase’s Top Performing Artist and Top Male of 2018 as the only artist to have four songs in the top 100 songs of the year – Unforgettable” (Platinum), Marry Me” (2X Platinum), Life Changes” (Gold) and Sixteen.” Since its release, Life Changes has earned the top position on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, a Grammy® nomination for Best Country Album, as well as CMA and ACM Awards nominations. He was named iHeartRadio’s Country Artist of the Year for the second year in a row and was recently honored with his second CMA Triple Play award for penning three #1 songs within a 12-month period (Unforgettable, Marry Me” and Life Changes”).
Thomas Rhett Akins Jr., the son of country star Rhett Akins, has earned his own spot in mainstream country with sultry singles like “It Goes Like This” and intense love ballads like “Die A Happy Man.” His first album, It Goes Like This dropped in 2013 with Tangled Up, Life Changes and Center Point Road following every two years after. Out of his 17 singles, 12 have reached the No. 1 spot on the Country Airplay Chart. He writes most of his own material and has written for other artists including Jason Aldean , Lee Brice and LoCash Although he has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, and has yet to take home the title, he’s been named Best Male Vocalist by the Country Music Association twice.
And lately there’s been plenty to smile about. The Nashville native and Belmont University alumnus had quite the surprising summer with the incredible grassroots reaction to his current single, Yours.” The power ballad was selected for Sirius XM’s The Highway Find program, which showcases new, and often times unsigned, artists to country music fans across the country. And with his song competing with artists such as Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan on the satellite radio station’s weekly Hot 45 countdown, and successfully reaching #15, listeners have spent the entire summer discovering Dickerson.
Citing Luke Bryan as an influence in his unpredictable musicality, Rhett is striving to reach that point where fans aren’t surprised by anything he does; whether it’s writing hits for other artists (like Jason Aldean’s 1994” or Lee Brice’s Parking Lot Party”), or exploring the multiple sides of his personality in his own music. I want my brand to be where people are not shocked when I do certain things. I want people to go ‘I knew Thomas Rhett would do that because he likes to extend and go past the boundaries,” he says.
Rhett Akins first album, A Thousand Memories produced four chart singles with its 1995 release including his co-written first No. one, That Ain’t My Truck.” Moving on to release Somebody New the following year and producing another No. one hit, Don’t Get Me Started.” Rhett as a songwriter has had 29 No. one singles (and counting). Some of which include No. one hits by artists which include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, and Blake Shelton. Thomas Rhett’s Star Of The Show,” co-written with Rhett and Thomas Rhett pinned their first No. one together and in 2017, Rhett celebrated his 29th number one as a songwriter with Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes.” Rhett was named the No. 4 Billboard Country Songwriter, awarded the CMA Triple Play seven times and awarded Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2018.
Rhett Akins’ first album, A Thousand Memories, produced four chart singles with its 1995 release including his co-written first #1, That Ain’t My Truck.” Moving on to release Somebody New the following year and producing another #1 hit, Don’t Get Me Started.” Akins as a songwriter has had 29 #1 singles (and counting). Some of which include #1 hits by artists which include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett and Blake Shelton. Thomas Rhett’s Star Of The Show,” co-written with Akins and Thomas Rhett pinned their first #1 together and in 2017, Akins celebrated his 29th #1 as a songwriter with Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes.” He was named the #4 Billboard Country Songwriter, awarded the CMA Triple Play seven times and awarded Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2018.
Even though he was certain that Akins was the one he was to marry, Rhett certainly didn’t skimp on the engagement. He popped the question inside his love’s favorite restaurant in Nashville, Giovanni’s. In a private room, Akins’ mom helped stash flowers, candles and the main ingredient: wine.
His debut album, also titled It Goes Like This , was released on October 29, 2013. 12 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 “.
Travis Vance is on bass, Eric “EBO” Borash is on guitar and Chris Kimmerer is on drums in Thomas Rhett’s band. Rhett himself also plays the guitar. The four play around and joke like they have known each other all their lives.
Rhett has also co written the 2013 singles 1994” by Jason Aldean, Parking Lot Party” by Lee Brice and Round Here” by Florida Georgia Line. Reba McEntire, when she was presented with CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime award, praised Rhett for his willingness to pray during his own speech.
Rhett became very outspoken about his faith at the recent CMT Artists of the Year ceremony, where he took his time on stage to pray for Kane Brown , who is mourning the loss of his drummer, Kenny Dixon Brown was also on hand to accept the honor, which moved Rhett to pray publicly for his friend.
Whitney was preparing for the next round of tour dates when MusicRadar caught up with him. He gave us insight about why every gig, no matter its size, is important to a musician’s upward climb, and what it takes to bring Thomas Rhett’s gold and platinum-selling songs to life every night.
Country singer Kane Brown, who was one of several artists of the year honored at Wednesday’s show in Nashville, Tennessee, struggled through tears and dedicated his award to his longtime drummer 27-year-old Kenny Dixon, who died in a car accident over the weekend.
This Is Us star Chrissy Metz will be performing a song in honor of Combs, while Sam Hunt and Lady Antebellum will take the stage to deliver a tribute performance to McEntire, the recipient of this year’s CMT Artist of a Lifetime award.
Touring the world as lead guitarist for Thomas Rhett requires laser focus, precise chops, and the ability to play well with others, both on stage and off.