Thomas Rhett Explains How Being a Songwriter Differs From Being an Artist
Thomas Rhett is a relative newcomer to the country music scene as an artist himself, but the 24-year-old jack-of-all-trades has written songs for Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, among others, and knows what it's like to work both on stage and behind the scenes.
Songwriting and performing both have their merits, but Rhett says that one of the perks of writing music is being off the road and getting the chance to spend some time at home.
"When you write, you get to actually stay in town for more than two days, so I would say that’s the upside," he tells The Boot. "But, you know, I wouldn't trade going on the road for anything. I've got such a great team behind me that’s very, very good at booking us on awesome dates and getting us on some awesome tours."
Even though touring is great, Rhett says that his first love is songwriting, and it's something he'll continue doing down the road, no matter what happens with the rest of his career.
"Writing songs has always been my first and foremost love, and, you know, whether I continue to have success as an artist or not, I will always write songs," he says. "It doesn't matter how busy my schedule gets, I will always make time to write songs.
"When you write a hit song, and you know it when it’s done, it’s one of the best feelings in the world," Rhett adds. "So I’m just really blessed and pumped to have success in both realms, and I hope that that continues.”