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Thomas Rhett pulls from rock, R&B, pop and EDM on his upcoming album, “Life Changes.” So, what makes it a country project? The storytelling. Thomas has quite the story to share on the new album, too.

He and his wife, Lauren, just adopted their baby, Willa, from Uganda, and Lauren is ready to deliver their second daughter any day now. Throughout this process, Thomas has been writing honestly about all of these experiences. That’s especially true for the title track, “Life Changes,” which Thomas co-wrote with his dad, Rhett Akins, and songwriters Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley last February. At that time, Thomas was traveling to Africa in between shows to spend time with his wife and Willa.


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Speaking about the inspiration behind that song, he tells “The Tennessean,” “I was probably venting to the room, like ‘You all, I don’t know what is happening in my life right now … How am I going to keep up this pace?’”

The new album also features a collaboration between Thomas and Rhett. Elsewhere, the album ventures into new musical territory for Thomas. It’s all part of his effort to reach out to new fans who might not have considered listening to country music before.

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Thomas tells The Tennessean, “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.’ 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.”

“Life Changes” will be released on September 8, just one month after his baby girl is due to be born. The project features Thomas’s No. 1 hit, “Craving You,” as well as his new single, “Unforgettable,” out July 28.

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