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 shows off daughter Willa Gray’s "genius"-level skills News Thomas Rhett shows off daughter Willa Gray’s "genius"-level skills , Rare Country Contributor 2:48am, February 20
Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard share the ups and downs of fatherhood News Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard share the ups and downs of fatherhood , Rare Country Contributor 9:22pm, February 15
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins' girls played Cupid for Valentine’s Day News Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins' girls played Cupid for Valentine’s Day , Rare Country Contributor 12:33pm, February 15
Thomas Rhett and Lauren's daughter Willa Gray sings "Happy Birthday" News Thomas Rhett and Lauren's daughter Willa Gray sings "Happy Birthday" , Rare Country Contributor 2:12am, February 12
Revisit some of Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins’ sweetest moments Features Revisit some of Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins’ sweetest moments , Rare Country Contributor 6:54pm, February 10
Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard’s daughters have an adorable play date News Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard’s daughters have an adorable play date , Rare Country Contributor 3:38pm, February 8
Check out new videos of Thomas Rhett and Lauren’s happy baby Ada James News Check out new videos of Thomas Rhett and Lauren’s happy baby Ada James , Rare Country Contributor 1:09am, February 8
Thomas Rhett says wife Lauren Akins has big dreams for a big family News Thomas Rhett says wife Lauren Akins has big dreams for a big family , Rare Country Contributor 2:40pm, February 6
New pics show how much Thomas Rhett’s daughter, Ada, looks like him News New pics show how much Thomas Rhett’s daughter, Ada, looks like him , Rare Country Contributor 1:01pm, January 31
Thomas Rhett visits the Empire State Building with wife Lauren Akins News Thomas Rhett visits the Empire State Building with wife Lauren Akins , Rare Country Contributor 8:19am, January 31
Brett Young’s rendition of national anthem stirs up controversy Performances Brett Young’s rendition of national anthem stirs up controversy , Senior Country Correspondent 3:42pm, January 29
Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren opens up about the difficulty of adoption News Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren opens up about the difficulty of adoption , Senior Country Correspondent 10:53am, January 29
Lady Antebellum’s Grammy stunt made Hillary Scott bawl News Lady Antebellum’s Grammy stunt made Hillary Scott bawl , Senior Country Correspondent 10:01am, January 29
Pre-Grammys, Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren cuddles with daughter Ada James News Pre-Grammys, Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren cuddles with daughter Ada James , Rare Country Contributor 2:20pm, January 26
This video shows how parents Thomas Rhett and Lauren still have a blast together News This video shows how parents Thomas Rhett and Lauren still have a blast together , Senior Country Correspondent 6:19pm, January 23
Meet country music’s newest miniature besties  News Meet country music’s newest miniature besties  , Rare Country Contributor 12:25pm, January 23
Thomas Rhett’s little one couldn’t be more adorable in this picture News Thomas Rhett’s little one couldn’t be more adorable in this picture , Rare Country Contributor 5:34am, January 17
Thomas Rhett breaks out his dad’s ’90s anthem for this spot-on cover performance Performances Thomas Rhett breaks out his dad’s ’90s anthem for this spot-on cover performance , Senior Country Correspondent 1:17pm, January 15
Thomas Rhett’s pups are almost as famous as their celebrity dad Top 5 Thomas Rhett’s pups are almost as famous as their celebrity dad , Rare Country Contributor 2:49am, November 22
Thomas Rhett is letting his baby girl exercise her independence, and it is precious News Thomas Rhett is letting his baby girl exercise her independence, and it is precious , Rare Country Contributor 7:31am, July 1
Thomas Rhett gets quite the shock, courtesy of his adorable family  News Thomas Rhett gets quite the shock, courtesy of his adorable family  , Rare Country Contributor 8:08pm, September 25
Check out Thomas Rhett’s adorable toddler training News Check out Thomas Rhett’s adorable toddler training , Rare Country Contributor 2:36am, July 4
Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood top Rare Country Awards for second consecutive year News Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood top Rare Country Awards for second consecutive year , Senior Content Editor 10:00pm, December 14
Thomas Rhett shows off daughter Willa Gray’s "genius"-level skills News Thomas Rhett shows off daughter Willa Gray’s "genius"-level skills , Rare Country Contributor 2:48am, February 20
Thomas Rhett learns a hilarious “dad lesson” News Thomas Rhett learns a hilarious “dad lesson” , Rare Country Contributor 6:22am, October 17
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
Meet country music’s newest miniature besties  News Meet country music’s newest miniature besties  , Rare Country Contributor 12:25pm, January 23
With motherhood comes a new ‘do for Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren News With motherhood comes a new ‘do for Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren , Rare Country Contributor 12:48am, September 20
Thomas Rhett just released a bittersweet video with a surprise twist Videos Thomas Rhett just released a bittersweet video with a surprise twist , Senior Country Correspondent 10:59am, December 18
Pre-Grammys, Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren cuddles with daughter Ada James News Pre-Grammys, Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren cuddles with daughter Ada James , Rare Country Contributor 2:20pm, January 26
Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard share the ups and downs of fatherhood News Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard share the ups and downs of fatherhood , 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 and Lauren Akins' girls played Cupid for Valentine’s Day News Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins' girls played Cupid for Valentine’s Day , Rare Country Contributor 12:33pm, February 15
Revisit some of Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins’ sweetest moments Features Revisit some of Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins’ sweetest moments , Rare Country Contributor 6:54pm, February 10
Thomas Rhett and Lauren's daughter Willa Gray sings "Happy Birthday" News Thomas Rhett and Lauren's daughter Willa Gray sings "Happy Birthday" , Rare Country Contributor 2:12am, February 12
Thomas Rhett says wife Lauren Akins has big dreams for a big family News Thomas Rhett says wife Lauren Akins has big dreams for a big family , Rare Country Contributor 2:40pm, February 6