Thomas Rhett’s Mom, Paige Lankford, Opens Up About Rhett’s Childhood In New ‘Got It From My Momma’ Podcast

Thomas Rhett’s mom, Paige Lankford, serves as the first guest on a new podcast called “Got It From My Momma,”…


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 28, 2022


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Thomas Rhett, Paige Lankford; Photo Courtesy CMA

Thomas Rhett’s mom, Paige Lankford, serves as the first guest on a new podcast called “Got It From My Momma,” hosted by rising star Conner Smith’s mom, Jennifer Vickery Smith. While talking about their sons, Lankford gave an inside look into what Rhett was really like as a child. 

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She revealed that the “Where We Started” singer was actually quite competitive growing up, and she had a story prepared to prove it. 

“I remember bowling one time, he was probably in first grade, and he didn’t win cause we didn’t really like to let him win, teach him lessons. And I remember just stepping over him because he was pitching such a fit on the floor and that’s how I handled that,” she explained. 

“At the bowling alley?” Smith asked. 

“Yeah, I stepped over him and was like, ‘bye bye,” Lankford clarified.

“I’m just gonna ignore that that’s happening. He’s not mine,” Smith added jokingly before Rhett’s mom shared, “So I guess we did go through those kind of normal phases, but as far as just, you know, he was pretty well behaved.”

This conversation between two moms of country stars serves the first episode of the bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Smith from the comfort of her Brentwood, TN home. She goes beyond the celebrity entertainers to focus on the moms that raised them as they share stories from childhood and the journey to stardom, focusing on family, fame, and faith.

“I am beyond excited to help tell the stories of an entertainer’s journey from the perspective only a mother can share,” shares Smith. “These conversations are fun, heartwarming, and full of never-before-heard stories and incredible parenting advice any mom can relate to. We all got a little something from our momma, and listeners will get to see a side of their favorite entertainer they haven’t before!”

Smith is a veteran television host and producer who has plenty of experience in the field. She has worked as a reporter, anchor, print journalist, and producer in both the world of entertainment and broadcast news for more than 20 years. Her career includes working with each of the major networks, and nationally broadcast entertainment programs, including Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and EXTRA

“Got It From My Momma” officially launches on November 29 with guest Paige Lankford and will continue with in-depth interviews with guests including mothers of Luke Bryan (LeClair Bryan), Jessie James Decker (Karen Parker), Lauren Alaina (Kristy White), Parker McCollum (Stacey Yancey) and pop supergroup, The Jonas Brothers (Denise Jonas).

Conner Smith, Thomas Rhett; Photo Courtesy Thomas Rhett, Facebook
Conner Smith, Thomas Rhett; Photo Courtesy Thomas Rhett, Facebook

Earlier this summer, the country stars formed a strong friendship when Smith opened for Rhett’s headlining Bring The Bar To You Tour. During the last night of this stint of shows, Smith told the packed audience that Rhett had taken him under his wing and acted as a mentor to him, sharing both professional and personal advice throughout their time on the road.

Rhett will continue with the 2023 leg of the Bring The Bar To Your Tour in February with a run of shows in Canada. Then in May, the dad of four will kick off his recently announced HOME TEAM Tour 23. 

As for Smith, he has a few dates scheduled for the new year, but has yet to announce his plans for any future tours. 

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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.