Thomas Rhett Credits His Father, Rhett Akins, For His Love of Music
There’s no doubt that country superstar Thomas Rhett blends his love for music and for his family together. From an…
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There’s no doubt that country superstar Thomas Rhett blends his love for music and for his family together. From an early age, he was heavily involved in music through his father, Rhett Akins. Because of the influence Rhett’s father had on him, he decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps and turned making music into a full-time job.
“When I see a picture of me being young like that, on the road with my dad [Rhett Akins], I can definitely go back there, because my dad’s got all these hilarious photos and… I used to just wear the same red cowboy boots and a diaper every day. By the time I was four years old, there wasn’t really a song on the radio that I did not know all the words to,” Thomas Rhett said in an interview on Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country.
“That’s all I wanted to do was sit in the living room and have Dad play every country song on the radio so that me and him can sing them. It’s been pretty wild. It was kind of destined, maybe not for me to do exactly what I’m doing now, but I think I would have always done something in music because it was just so part of my childhood and so part of my dad’s history,” Rhett continued.
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Now, Rhett has a family all of his own with his wife Lauren Akins and their three daughters, Willa Gray, Ada James, and Lennon Love. It would be surprising if music wasn’t a staple in the Rhett household. As Rhett thinks back to the wonderful memories he made with his dad through music, he is now creating his own with his daughters, even if it isn’t always with Country music anymore.
Rhett explained to Bannen that the girls seem to have the same adoration of music as their father.
“First of all, the songs that we’re singing are not what’s on the radio right now. We’re singing ‘Moana’ soundtrack. We got the girls that karaoke machine last year with nothing but Disney stuff. And so, the girls will just turn that thing up to fricking 15 and just blare out these Disney songs,” says Rhett, “But I think all of our girls love music, but I think Lennon, Lennon has kind of that brain that I had when I was that little, just wanting to study it and wanting to learn it and just wanting to be a part of it.”
Rhett’s daughters will surely be singing along to his new album, Country Again: Side A, which arrives on April 30.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.