Thomas Rhett performing in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 24, 2013
|Birth name||Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr.|
|Born||March 30, 1990|
|Labels||Valory Music Group|
Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr. (born March 30, 1990), better known by his stage name Thomas Rhett, is an American country music singer. He is the son of singer-songwriter Rhett Akins. Akins has charted five singles from his debut album It Goes Like This, including the title track, "Get Me Some of That" and "Make Me Wanna", all three of which went to number 1 on Country Airplay. Rhett has also written singles for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, and Florida Georgia Line.
In junior high, Rhett learned how to play the drums. When he was old enough, he would go onstage with his father, Rhett Akins, and play the drums for him. A band was then put together in high school called The High Heeled Flip Flops. Besides music, he did not have a career choice in mind. After high school, Rhett went to college at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He there played as a member of Tau Phi for their cowboy show and for frat parties, where he got used to the crowd.
Rhett co-wrote the song "I Ain't Ready to Quit" on Jason Aldean's 2010 album My Kinda Party and signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records' Valory Music Group division in 2011. In early 2012, he released his debut single, "Something to Do with My Hands", followed later that year by "Beer with Jesus". Both of these made Top 30 on the Hot Country Songs charts. His third single, "It Goes Like This", topped the Country Airplay chart and also peaked at number 2 on the Hot Country Songs. His debut album, also titled It Goes Like This, was released on October 29. 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".
Rhett also co-wrote the 2013 singles "1994" by Jason Aldean, "Parking Lot Party" by Lee Brice, and "Round Here" by Florida Georgia Line. During the chart week of September 21, 2013, the Country Airplay chart included five songs within the Top 10 that Rhett or his father had co-written, including "It Goes Like This".
On April 7, 2015, Rhett released a new single titled "Crash and Burn" which will serve as the lead single to his upcoming sophomore studio album.
Rhett is married to Lauren Gregory, whom he has known since first grade. The couple married on October 12 2012.
- It Goes Like This (2013)
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