Thomas Rhett has been very successful at his music career, the county music star has seventeen of his singles from three albums listed on the Hot Country and Country Airplay charts with twelve of them reaching the number one spot. Rhett has written singles for other country artists such as Florida Georgia Line, LoCash, Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, and so on. He has been nominated many times for different awards an has won at least six in the categories of Music Video of the Year, Country Artist of the Year (twice), Top Country Song, Song of the Year, and Top 50 Songs.
Thomas Rhett Bio, Age
Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. was born on the 30th of March 1990 in Valdosta, Georgia to mother Paige Braswell and Singer Rhett Akins. Music had an influence in his life from an early age and he learned to play the drums while still in high school where he was a member of a band called The High Heeled Flip Flops. Rhett would oftentimes join his father onstage as his drummer.
Rhett attended college at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee and majored in communications. This was a confusing time for him because, besides music, he did not have a career choice in mind and only went to college because his friends did. When he was 20, Rhett dropped out of college to pursue music full time and he struck his first gold when he was approached by an executive from Big Machine Label Group while playing at a club. He was offered a publishing deal to write songs for the label, an offer which he accepted.
Rhett’s first album with Big Machine Group in 2011, spent 21 weeks in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 and has sold 1.7 million copies during its first years of release. His debut album titled It Goes Like This was released in 2013 and the singles Get Me Some of That and Make Me Wanna from the album became Rhett’s second number one single and number one on the Country Airplay chart respectively.
His second and third studio albums titled Tangled Up (2015) and Life Changes (2017) also produced hit singles that topped the charts at number one. The single from his Tangled Up album titled Die a Happy Man maintained a number one position on the Country Airplay chart for 8 weeks making it the second song in the chart’s history to achieve the same feat.
He won his first award in 2015 for his single Make Me Wanna in the Top 50 Songs category. Die a Happy Man won him two awards for Song of the Year and Top Country Song, both in 2016. One award win in 2017 for Country Artist of the Year and two in 2018 for Country Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for the single, Marry Me.
Rhett has also made several TV appearances throughout his career, including shows like The Voice and Saturday Night Live.
Family – Dad, WIfe and Kids
Thomas Rhett’s dad Rhett Akins Sr. just like his son, is a country music singer and songwriter. Fourteen singles from all his albums have made it to the Billboard Hot Country Songs, including the number one single titled Don’t Get Me Started which was released in 1996.
He was born on the 13th of October 1969 in Valdosta, Georgia and before he was a teen had already formed a band with his two younger brothers. He briefly attended the University of Georgia where he studied business before going to work for his father at his oil and gas distribution company.
Together with his wife Paige whom he married in 1989, they welcomed a son Thomas Rhett Jr., and a daughter, Kasey Lee three years after her brother. Rhett Sr. and his wife Paige have since been divorced.
Thomas Rhett met his wife Lauren while they were both in the first grade at elementary school and the couple went from sweethearts to husband and wife in October of 2012.
Lauren Gregory Akins was born on the 8th of November, 1989. She is engaged in various charities and philanthropy work and holds a nursing degree. She also owns a jewelry line that benefits Ugandan communities. Lauren and Thomas have known each other almost their entire lives and even went to church camp together. They briefly dated when they were 15 years old but the relationship didn’t last very long. Despite their differences, they remained best friends.
Rhett has said in an interview that the two of them almost married other people, but Lauren’s father stepped in and made Rhett realize the mistake they were both about to make. Rhett then made his move on Lauren after her relationship ended and the two dated for just six months before tying the knot, both at the age of 22.
In 2017, the couple announced a new addition to their family – a daughter Willa Gray, a Ugandan national, who was adopted and brought home three months later. The couple’s first biological child, a daughter Ada James, was born just three months later in August of the same year. The family of four lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thomas Rhett stands at an average height of 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm). He weighs in at 73 kg (161 lbs) and owes his perfectly toned body to his daily workout routine. He claims to not like long workouts and doesn’t even have a personal trainer. Due to his busy schedule, he sometimes has to make do with improvising his workouts, be it moving around on foot instead of driving, or taking the stairs instead of using an elevator.
Rhett’s debut album It Goes Like This sold 270,000 copies, the second album, Tangled Up sold 500,000 copies, while his album Life Changes sold 94,000 copies in just one week. Earnings from his albums, singles, collaborations with other artists, and songwriting have earned him a net worth of $6.5 million.