Life Before Fame: Country Artist Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett attends the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards Cumulus/Westwood One Radio Remotes on April 06, 2019

September 18, 2019 - 10:10 / Sarah Schulz

Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. rose to fame in 2013 with the release of his first album and has only soared from there. Having won numerous awards and paving the way for country musicians today, let's see what his life was like before he was in the spotlight. 

Thomas Rhett was born on March 30th, 1990 in Valdosta, Georgia. His father is the country singer Rhett Akins which meant that Thomas grew up around the country music scene and knew other famous artists like Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn from a very young age. Rhett learned to play the drums in junior high school and would actually go on stage and play with his father. 

Singer/Songwriter Thomas Rhett performs during the 2012 Country Stampede

Thomas Rhett Went to University

In high school, Thomas was a part of a band called The High Heeled Flip Flops and music was his career of choice at that point. He did however go to Lipscomb University in Nashville to study Communications. His love and passion for music continued to grow and he ended up dropping out of college when he was 20 years old to pursue a career in music. We have to say, he made the right choice!

Male Artist of the Year award winner Thomas Rhett poses during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards on April 07, 2019

Thomas Rhett: Started as a songwriter 

Before Thomas Rhett made a name for himself as a performer, he was hired by Big Machine Records to write songs for other artists. He wrote hits for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and Florida Georgia Line. In early 2012, Thomas released his own debut single titled "Something to Do with My Hands" followed by "Beer with Jesus". His debut album, It Goes Like This was released in October 2013 and he has continued to be successful since then. 

Lauren Akins and Thomas Rhett attend the 2019 CMT Music Awards on June 05, 2019

Facts About Thomas Rhett

-He married Lauren Akins in 2012, who he's known since the first grade

-Thomas and Lauren have two daughters and another one on the way

-Thomas' daughter Willa Gray Akins was adopted from Uganda

-Thomas won the Male Artist of the Year award in 2019 at the Academy of Country Music Awards

-He has released a total of 4 albums

-Thomas has headlined 3 tours. His most recent this year called the Very Hot Summer Tour