To the country music community, Thomas Rhett is a well-known hit singer/songwriter, but to his family, he’s just dad. He and his wife Lauren are parents to their four daughters, Lillie Carolina, 13 months, Lennon Love, 2½, Ada James, 5, and Willa Gray, 7. Rhett revealed that as his girls continue to grow and pay closer attention to their surroundings, they are starting to take notice of his dad’s fame too.
During a recent interview on Audacy’s Katie & Company, Rhett recounted a day out with his five-year-old, Ada James, that turned into a hilarious moment of confusion and a bit of realization.
“We were Christmas shopping up in downtown Franklin, and a few people asked to take a picture. Ada James looked at me, and she said, ‘Why do people like you?’ I love how blunt kids say stuff,” he said. “I was just like, ‘You know Daddy sings music, and I think that those folks like Daddy’s music and they wanted a picture,’ and she was like,’ That’s so weird.’”
The “Half Of Me” singer can relate to what his kids are going through since he had a very similar experience growing up with his dad Rhett Akins, who is also a famous country star. Just like he did as a kid, Lillie Carolina, Lennon Love, Ada James, and Willa Gray all get to enjoy the perks of life on the road and see the reality of life as a successful artist.
“I toured with my dad a ton,” Rhett shared. “I mean every weekend during the summer, it was all I wanted to do was get on the bus with my dad to go to play these fairs and festivals with him. So I got to watch it quite a bit.”
He added, “My kids love getting on the bus, they love getting in their bunks. They think it’s the coolest thing in the world…Getting up on stage during soundcheck and playing the drums and getting on the microphone, it’s pretty full circle cause it’s exactly what I used to love to do with my dad.”
Akins has written a slew of hits for artists such as Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch and Jason Aldean. He also earned a few hits on his on as a solo artist and received his first-ever ACM nomination in 1997 for ACM Top New Male Vocalist category.
Over the years, Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins have written dozens of songs together. They even got the chance to pen five tracks on Rhett’s latest 15-track album, Where We Started, including his 20th No. 1 hit, “Half Of Me” (featuring Riley Green), “Bring The Bar,” “Slow Down Summer,” “Us Someday,” and “Somebody Like Me.”
On Friday (Jan. 20), he also announced the release of a brand-new single to Country radio. “Angels (Don’t Always Have Wings),” formerly titled “Angels” on his album, was co-written by Rhett with Julian Bunetta, Teddy Swims and Josh Thompson. The song adds to his list of heartfelt tracks that were inspired by his love for his wife, Lauren.
As an accomplished singer and songwriter himself, Akins couldn’t be more proud of his son for following in his footsteps and earning his own success in the industry.
With the arrival of Rhett’s latest collection, Akins took to social media to share a sweet message in honor of his son.
“Thomas Rhett, I can’t believe you just released your 6th album,” Akins wrote. “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 of four is currently gearing up for the Canadian leg of his Bring The Bar To You Tour with special guests Jordan Davis and Kameron Marlowe.
Later, he will hit the road for his summer run of the Home Team Tour 23, with special guests Cole Swindell and Nate Smith.
He announced the news through a light-hearted video on social media while sporting various jerseys that represent the home teams of the many tour destinations during a mock press conference.
“HOME TEAM, this tour is for YOU! Hitting the road all across the US next year and bringing my buddies @ColeSwindell & @NateSmith with me,” Rhett’s caption read.
Beginning May 4, Rhett will make stops in 40 cities and 27 states including Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky and more. He will wrap things up on September 28 in Birmingham, AL. He is next slated to appear in Vancouver on February 9.