Thomas Rhett

About Thomas Rhett

Country music is in Thomas Rhett’s blood. A second-generation singer/songwriter, Thomas was born in Valdosta, Georgia, but grew up inside the Nashville music community learning from his dad, songwriter/recording artist Rhett Akins, known for such hits as “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started.” Even though he had always played music with his dad and had his own band in high school, surprisingly, music wasn’t Thomas’ first career choice. He enrolled at Nashville’s Lipscomb University and was initially majoring in communications. However, the creative urge was too strong and he quit school to make his mark in music.

When an executive from Big Machine Label Group saw Thomas performing at a Nashville club, he offered him a publishing deal, and Thomas first made his mark as a songwriter, penning such hits as Jason Aldean’s “1994,” Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here.” In 2011, he signed a record deal of his own with Big Machine’s Valory Music Group and debuted at country radio with “Something to Do with My Hands” in 2012. He followed that with “Beer with Jesus.” But it wasn’t until he released the album’s third single and title track, “It Goes Like This,” that he scored his first No. 1 single. The fourth single, “Get Me Some of That,” became his second No. 1 and the fifth single, “Make Me Wanna,” also hit the summit.

Thomas continued the momentum with his 2015 sophomore album, “Tangled Up,” which served up the hits “Crash and Burn,” “T-shirt,” and “Die a Happy Man.” The latter tune, inspired by his wife Lauren Akins (who he has known since first grade), spent eight weeks at No. 1 and was named Single of the Year by both the Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM). With her girl-next-door appeal, Lauren is nearly as popular among his fans as Thomas himself.

In 2017, the same year he and Lauren added two daughters to their family, Thomas released his third album, the appropriately named “Life Changes.” The first single, “Craving You,” featured Maren Morris and was accompanied by a cinematic music video starring both Maren and Thomas that featured an unexpected twist in the ending.

As Thomas’ career continues to accelerate, life on the home front is busy as well. In early 2017 he and Lauren finalized their adoption of daughter Willa Gray and brought her home to Nashville from Uganda in May. Then in August of that year, they welcomed a biological daughter, Ada James. Whether writing a song or changing a diaper, Thomas Rhett excels at it all and is proving to be country music’s busiest Renaissance man.

Thomas Rhett’s daughter Willa Gray learns to ski, and it’s adorable News Thomas Rhett’s daughter Willa Gray learns to ski, and it’s adorable , Senior Content Editor 1:00pm, March 19
Thomas Rhett and NFL superstar Peyton Manning duet on a ’90s country classic News Thomas Rhett and NFL superstar Peyton Manning duet on a ’90s country classic , Rare Country Contributor 3:32am, March 15
New photos show how much Thomas Rhett’s little girls are growing up News New photos show how much Thomas Rhett’s little girls are growing up , Rare Country Contributor 7:57pm, March 11
Thomas Rhett flashes back to being in the audience watching someone else in the spotlight News Thomas Rhett flashes back to being in the audience watching someone else in the spotlight , Rare Country Contributor 9:29pm, February 26
New photos show Thomas Rhett and Lauren enjoying a grown-up getaway News New photos show Thomas Rhett and Lauren enjoying a grown-up getaway , Rare Country Contributor 12:23pm, February 26
Thomas Rhett shines a light on daughter Willa Gray’s “genius” talent News Thomas Rhett shines a light on daughter Willa Gray’s “genius” talent , Rare Country Contributor 2:48am, February 20
Thomas Rhett reveals special bond with his best buddy, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard News Thomas Rhett reveals special bond with his best buddy, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard , Rare Country Contributor 9:22pm, February 15
Thomas Rhett and Lauren’s little Cupids sprinkled lots of love on Valentine’s Day News Thomas Rhett and Lauren’s little Cupids sprinkled lots of love on Valentine’s Day , Rare Country Contributor 12:33pm, February 15
Thomas Rhett’s daughter, Willa Gray, has got one American custom down pat News Thomas Rhett’s daughter, Willa Gray, has got one American custom down pat , Rare Country Contributor 2:12am, February 12
Here’s why Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins are country music’s happily ever after Features Here’s why Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins are country music’s happily ever after , Rare Country Contributor 6:54pm, February 10
Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard’s girls prove that they just wanna have fun  News Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard’s girls prove that they just wanna have fun  , Rare Country Contributor 3:38pm, February 8
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins’ little one is so happy she squawks News Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins’ little one is so happy she squawks , Rare Country Contributor 1:09am, February 8
Thomas Rhett just dropped a huge bombshell about his growing family News Thomas Rhett just dropped a huge bombshell about his growing family , Rare Country Contributor 2:40pm, February 6
Thomas Rhett has got to see the resemblance in this new Ada James photo News Thomas Rhett has got to see the resemblance in this new Ada James photo , Rare Country Contributor 1:01pm, January 31
Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren enjoy a mini vacation from the kids News Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren enjoy a mini vacation from the kids , Rare Country Contributor 8:19am, January 31
Controversy erupts over this country singer’s rendition of national anthem Performances Controversy erupts over this country singer’s rendition of national anthem , Senior Country Correspondent 3:42pm, January 29
Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren is grateful for their long, difficult journey to parenthood News Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren is grateful for their long, difficult journey to parenthood , Senior Country Correspondent 10:53am, January 29
The men of Lady Antebellum made Hillary Scott bawl over this Grammy stunt News The men of Lady Antebellum made Hillary Scott bawl over this Grammy stunt , Senior Country Correspondent 10:01am, January 29
Maren Morris and her beau heat things up in these sexy vacation photos News Maren Morris and her beau heat things up in these sexy vacation photos , Rare Country Contributor 10:06am, January 4
Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren get candid about their pregnancy struggles News Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren get candid about their pregnancy struggles , Senior Country Correspondent 2:14pm, May 25
Thomas Rhett and Lauren’s little Cupids sprinkled lots of love on Valentine’s Day News Thomas Rhett and Lauren’s little Cupids sprinkled lots of love on Valentine’s Day , Rare Country Contributor 12:33pm, February 15
Thomas Rhett is getting set for his biggest year yet in 2018 Top 5 Thomas Rhett is getting set for his biggest year yet in 2018 , Rare Country Contributor 11:27am, January 3
Thomas Rhett reveals special bond with his best buddy, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard News Thomas Rhett reveals special bond with his best buddy, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard , Rare Country Contributor 9:22pm, February 15
Cole Swindell fires off a new take on an infectious Thomas Rhett hit Features Cole Swindell fires off a new take on an infectious Thomas Rhett hit , Rare Country Contributor 3:33pm, November 21
Thomas Rhett’s daughter, Willa Gray, has got one American custom down pat News Thomas Rhett’s daughter, Willa Gray, has got one American custom down pat , Rare Country Contributor 2:12am, February 12
This photo strip shows all the adorable faces of Willa Gray Akins News This photo strip shows all the adorable faces of Willa Gray Akins , Rare Country Contributor 6:52pm, July 24
Thomas Rhett has got to see the resemblance in this new Ada James photo News Thomas Rhett has got to see the resemblance in this new Ada James photo , Rare Country Contributor 1:01pm, January 31
Thomas Rhett reveals the touching inspiration for his kids’ names News Thomas Rhett reveals the touching inspiration for his kids’ names , Senior Country Correspondent 3:52pm, August 21
Rhett Akins singing with granddaughter Willa nearly breaks the internet News Rhett Akins singing with granddaughter Willa nearly breaks the internet , Rare Country Contributor 4:56pm, June 6
Here’s why Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins are country music’s happily ever after Features Here’s why Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins are country music’s happily ever after , Rare Country Contributor 6:54pm, February 10
Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren pulled out all of the stops for Willa Gray’s birthday News Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren pulled out all of the stops for Willa Gray’s birthday , Rare Country Contributor 2:04pm, October 30
Kane Brown reflects on his career-altering year that changed everything Features Kane Brown reflects on his career-altering year that changed everything , Senior Country Correspondent 3:56pm, December 8
Thomas Rhett just dropped a huge bombshell about his growing family News Thomas Rhett just dropped a huge bombshell about his growing family , Rare Country Contributor 2:40pm, February 6
Thomas Rhett shares pictures of an epic birthday weekend for wife Lauren News Thomas Rhett shares pictures of an epic birthday weekend for wife Lauren , Rare Country Contributor 12:58pm, November 7
Danielle Bradbery talks touring with the hot men of country music Features Danielle Bradbery talks touring with the hot men of country music , Senior Content Editor 9:43am, September 3
Controversy erupts over this country singer’s rendition of national anthem Performances Controversy erupts over this country singer’s rendition of national anthem , Senior Country Correspondent 3:42pm, January 29