Rhett Akins Congratulates Son Thomas Rhett On New Album: ‘Proud of All You’ve Accomplished’

Rhett Akins is an accomplished singer and songwriter himself but he couldn’t be more proud of his son, Thomas Rhett,…


Lauren Jo Black

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April 3, 2022


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Rhett Akins is an accomplished singer and songwriter himself but he couldn’t be more proud of his son, Thomas Rhett, who just released his new album, Where We Started.

Akins took to social media to share a sweet message in honor of his son and his just-released new project. 


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“Thomas Rhett, I can’t believe you just released your 6th album,” Akins wrote alongside the album cover and tracklist. “Proud of all you’ve accomplished in just a short time. This is such a great album. Thanks for letting me be a part of it. I can’t wait to work on the next one!”

The father/son pair five tracks together that appear on the album, including “Half Of Me” (featuring Riley Green), “Bring The Bar,” “Slow Down Summer,” “Us Someday,” and “Somebody Like Me.” 

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Akins recently appeared on Thomas Rhett’s Where We Started Radio on Apple Music Country, where they opened up about working together. 

“We have a good track record going,” Thomas admitted. 

“We do have a great track record. You would think that father and son, writing together would never work, and if it worked, it maybe worked once,” Rhett acknowledged. 

Where We Started Radio with Thomas Rhett airs weekly on Tuesdays on Apple Music Country at 3pm PT / 5pm CT / 6pm ET.

Thomas Rhett & Rhett Akins; Photo by Chris Hollo
Thomas Rhett & Rhett Akins; Photo by Chris Hollo

Thomas Rhett & Rhett Akins; Photo by Chris HolloLast summer, Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins made history together when they shared the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, marking the first time a father and son played the Opry on the same evening and the first time they performed on the Opry stage together. 

The pair earned a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd as they joined forces to perform the chart-topping hit, “What’s Your Country Song.”

Rhett Akins; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Rhett Akins; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Later in the year, Thomas was by his father’s side as he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF). 

“What’s up, Pops,” Rhett shared from the stage before performing Akins’ first No.1 single, “That Ain’t My Truck.” “I just want to say how proud I am of ya. This is the most incredible achievement of all time. I feel like you wake up every day, and you wonder if you’re ever gonna write another hit, and here you are, sitting here with millions of hit songs and an even better person — such an amazing dad, and you taught me more than anything that I could have ever dreamed of in this world.”

Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins have written dozens of songs together and show no signs of slowing down. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.