About Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett has some heavy-duty musical history in his family—his dad, Rhett Akins, is a respected country singer who has written hits for a slew of other artists. But there’s no denying he’s forged his own path in country music. Thomas Rhett Akins, born in Georgia in 1990, started out as a drummer, played with his father at an early age and grew up around the country stars his dad worked with. So when he went off to attend university in Nashville, it wasn’t tough to predict what would happen next. He scored a songwriting contract and went on to write tunes for hitmakers like Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line while kicking off a singing career of his own. Rhett's 2013 debut album, It Goes Like This, went platinum and established him as a star in his own right with hits like the groove-heavy “Make Me Wanna” and the slinky, romantic title track. Despite his background, Rhett developed a resolutely new style rather than harking back to his father’s era. With big singles like “Life Changes” and “Crash and Burn”, he showed off a pure pop approach full of industrial-strength hooks and melodic moves distinctly outside the country realm. Modern pop, R&B and hip-hop have more real estate in his sound than ’90s country, but between Rhett’s Georgia twang and his knack for nailing deep-down emotions in his songs, he’s still a chip off the old block.
BORNMarch 30, 1990