Thomas Rhett, born Thomas Rhett Akins, has country music in his blood: His father is Rhett Akins, a successful songwriter who had a series of hits as an artist in the 1990s. Rhett tried college, but he felt the pull to the music industry and dropped out, and began playing in clubs to support himself. It was while playing in a club that someone from Big Machine Label Group offered Rhett a publishing deal; after he signed it, he quickly began earning cuts by artists such as Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and Florida Georgia Line, and it wasn't long before Rhett's publishing company took notice of his vocal chops and signed him to the Valory Music Co., a division of BMLG. Rhett's debut album, 'It Goes Like This', was released in 2013 and spawned three platinum-selling No. 1 singles, including the multi-platinum song "It Goes Like This," which was his first chart-topping single. In 2015, Rhett released his sophomore album, 'Tangled Up', which went platinum. Rhett served as an opening act on several major tours, including Lady Antebellum's Own the Night Tour and Jason Aldean's We Were Here Tour, before launching his own headlining Home Team Tour in 2017. In 2012, Rhett married Lauren Gregory, whom he has known since childhood. The couple announced the news that Lauren was pregnant in early 2017, and before the baby was born, in May of 2017, they completed adoption proceedings of a baby girl, Willa Gray Akins, who was born in Uganda. In August of that year, they welcomed their second daughter, Ada James Akins. In 2020, the family expanded their "tiny girl gang" to three when Lennon Love was born in February of 2020. Rhett discusses his family life in the lyrics on his third studio album, 'Life Changes,' which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Story Behind the Song: Thomas Rhett, 'Heaven Right Now'
"[I'm] still kind of just doing life and wondering what he's doing, because it's probably way cooler than anything that we're doing down here ..."
Thomas Rhett + Wife Lauren Are Expecting Baby No. 4
Thomas Rhett shared the news onstage in Texas ... and he also shared the sex of the new baby.
Thomas Rhett's Three Kids Have Made Him More Grateful for His Mom
"I think when you have kids, you have this whole other sense of gratefulness for what your mom did for you growing up," the singer says.
Behind the Song: Thomas Rhett, 'To the Guys That Date My Girls'
"I've thought about all the ways I would approach that situation: Am I going to be a super-stern dad? Am I going to be the dad that invites him in for coffee? What kind of conversation is that gonna be like?"
For Thomas Rhett, Anything Goes When Songwriting About His Family
Rhett and Lauren have decided to be forthright about their ups and downs in the hopes that others won't feel alone.
Interview: Thomas Rhett Slowed (Way) Down to Create His New Album
Instead of songwriting and worrying about his career, Rhett leaned in to what the pandemic was forcing nearly everyone to do: slow down.
Thomas Rhett Totally Gets What Miranda Lambert Went Through
"I got emotional just watching her get emotional."
Thomas Rhett's 'Heaven Right Now' Is a Convo With a Late Friend
Rhett and wife Lauren's late friend Hunter is the inspiration behind this new song.
Dierks Bentley Heckled Thomas Rhett as He Gave His ACM Speech
Apparently, Dierks Bentley was offering up some light-hearted heckling in the direction of his ACM Male Artist of the Year competitors.
Thomas Rhett Wins His Third Male Artist Award at the 2021 ACMs
The singer and reigning Entertainer of the Year took the award on Sunday night, topping four other hitmakers in a very competitive category.