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.