Thomas Rhett Shares First Taste Of Seventh Studio Album With Anthemic New Love Song, ‘Beautiful As You’

The song is inspired by the country star’s real-life love story with his wife, Lauren.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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May 10, 2024

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Thomas Rhett; Photo by Josh Aikin

Thomas Rhett enters a new creative chapter with his just-released lovestruck anthem, “Beautiful As You.” The fresh new track serves as the first taste of Rhett’s upcoming seventh studio album set for release on August 23 via The Valory Music Co. 

For the superstar, this upbeat track is a true reflection of his relationship with his wife, Lauren Akins, and his belief that despite all the fame and recognition he receives on a daily basis, he still wonders how he got so lucky to be “loved by someone way out of my league.” 

“This is an anthem for everybody who feels like they out-kicked their coverage,” Rhett said with a laugh. “There was one day a couple years back when I was looking at my wife, and I was like, ‘Why in the world did you choose me?’ I get to be with someone who could easily be on the cover of a magazine, and I get to see her in all her forms – a partner, a mother, a friend, even a philanthropist. I just feel like I’ve got a first-row seat at almost-perfection, if you will. And like the song says, ‘Seriously, what is somebody as amazing as you doing with somebody like me?’”

Thomas Rhett - Beautiful As You
Thomas Rhett – Beautiful As You

The song was born from a writing session with Rhett and his extensive list of co-writers – Alexander Izquierdo, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, John Henry Ryan, Joshua Emanuel Coleman, Julian Bunetta and Zaire Kelsey. The product is a simple yet celebratory sound that captures the perfect windows-down energy and pays tribute to all those who can say they have ended up with their “dream” partner.

Following the captivating piano riff at the top of the song, Rhett’s joy begins to radiate throughout his smooth vocals while a series of bright instrumentals continue to elevate the tune’s dance-worthy soundscapes. 

“What’s someone as beautiful as you/ Doin’ ridin’ ’round with someone like me?/ I swear, girl, you could havе anyone you choose/ I should stop askin’ questions ‘forе you get up and leave/ What’s someone as beautiful as you/ Doin’ wakin’ up with someone like me?/ Ain’t gonna lie, you could have anyone you choose/ I should stop askin’ questions ‘fore you get up and leave,” Rhett sings on the chorus. 

Produced by Julian Bunetta, “Beautiful As You” now serves as the follow-up to Rhett’s growing collection of 22 No. 1 singles. The “Mamaw’s House” singer is certainly no stranger to wearing his heart on his sleeve within his discography, and his newest release has sparked a whole new level of excitement to deliver even more new music in his forthcoming project. 

“Lauren and I are just in a different phase of life than we have been for a while,” he continued. “Now it’s a little easier to go on date nights, do stuff with friends, stay up a little bit later – I don’t know, maybe even sleep in a little bit! So much of my music is a reflection of the stage of life we are in – we’re in a very joyful season – and this song is just the tip of the iceberg to the rest of this next album.”

Rhett also gushed about the fact that “Beautiful As You” is one of his wife and daughters’ favorite songs off the album.

Thomas Rhett will debut “Beautiful As You” at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards next Thursday (May 16). Hosted by Reba McEntire, the show will air live from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. PDT exclusively on Prime Video.

A limited number of tickets to attend the ACM Awards are still available for purchase. 

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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.