Big congratulations to Thomas for the GRAMMY nomination for Life Changes for “Best Country Album.” I adore this album and it wholeheartedly deserves the recognition.
One of the biggest names in country music at the moment, Thomas Rhett is everything: husband, father, country music award-winner and headliner at massive stadiums and arenas around the world. He landed his first No.1 single in 2013 and ever since then, he’s been responsible for the most upbeat, exciting and heartstring-pulling songs for fans to listen to, and fall in love with. Over the years since he first came onto the country music scene, he’s had over eight chart-topping singles, and most recently he’s released his new album, Life Changes.
His newest album captures a whirlwind period of his life, with many new and exciting things happening for him and his family. The album was recorded while Thomas and his wife, Lauren, were in the middle of adopting their daughter Willa Gray from Uganda, and also awaiting the birth of their second child, Ada James. Thomas Rhett’s songwriting skills and soulful vocals showcase a true artist who’s willing to shine a light on his own personal milestones and mistakes through life. We’re big fans of Thomas Rhett’s music and wanted to learn more about his song-writing process, how he handles being on the road and what his proudest career moment is.
Taylor Magazine: To begin with, tell us a little bit about how you got started with music.
Thomas Rhett: Well, I grew up with a dad that sang country music so music has always been a passion and first love of mine since a young age. I’ve always been in bands – I was in a rock band in sixth grade and I did all sorts of bands through high school and college. My dad is a full-time songwriter so I got the opportunity to co-write with him and a bunch of great songwriters so I eventually learnt the craft of doing that. Midway through college, I decided that I didn’t want to do school anymore and instead, I pursued songwriting – I knew I wanted to be a writer forever and as I got going with it, I started going on the road and got addicted to the show life. Looking back, I can’t imagine doing anything different.
Taylor Magazine: When you were younger did you have anything else in mind, in case songwriting didn’t work out?
Thomas Rhett: I don’t remember – I only went to college because all of my friends did. While I was there, I was just searching for a passion studying things like business or communication. Music was all that I had, and paired with a bit of good timing and luck, I started to write songs and that was that!
Taylor Magazine: How old were you when you realised you were going to pursue music and how long did it take from there until you felt like you were on the right path?
Thomas Rhett: I think I was 19 when I first realised I was doing well and then at age 21, I signed a record deal. I don’t really know what my definition of ‘making it’ is, but I think we’re doing ok for ourselves now! I would say after the song ‘Die A Happy Man’, it definitely felt like we were on a path upwards.
Taylor Magazine: What was the most memorable concert you went to where you remember being inspired by the artist?
Thomas Rhett: My dad definitely had a lot to do with my inspiration, but my first concert was The Rolling Stones. To this day, they’re still my favourite band. I think Mick Jagger has had a lot of influence in the way that I move around stage. This is also such a random concert that I got inspired by because I was around seven years old, but it was this band called The Darkness. They were in Nashville and at that time, they were my favourite band (I was such a rock n’ roll kid) and I remember being really inspired by them.
Taylor Magazine: Talk to us a bit about your songwriting process – how do you deal with writer’s block if you ever get it?
Thomas Rhett: I get it… a lot! I’m a big fan of co-writing. I’ve written a few songs by myself, but I don’t trust myself to finish one all the way through. I like validation, which is why I co-write so much because if my brain isn’t fully on then hopefully the other person’s is! If I don’t have an idea, hopefully someone else does. That’s why co-writing is so special – you can sit and hang out for an hour and suddenly someone will say something that becomes the title, or at least the idea.
Taylor Magazine: When you sit down to write a song, where do you draw your inspiration from?
Thomas Rhett: It used to be from watching fans, meeting people and experiencing new cities and towns or I would just refer back to high school. Love in general – I’ve been married for five years – so I try to write about what I know about or what I have experienced myself in the past.
Thomas took the stage during the halftime show of the annual Thanksgiving game with the Cowboys taking on the Chargers in Dallas, Texas on November 23rd. The performance kicked off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, where donations help provide shelter and food for those in need, as well as Christmas toys for millions of children.
You can view high quality photos and screen captures of Thomas’s performance in the gallery now.
I’ve added HD captures of Thomas from one of his performances from the 2017 IHeartRadio Festival which took place this past September in Las Vegas, NV but recently aired on The CW this past weekend.
The new Thomas Rhett single predictably received a warm welcome from country radio.
Picked up by 55 Mediabase-monitored stations in conjunction with this week’s impact, Rhett’s “Marry Me” ranks as country radio’s most added song.
“Marry Me” is the follow-up to Rhett’s #1 country radio hit “Unforgettable.”
tasteofcountry.com — Thomas Rhett is gearing up to celebrate his first Thanksgiving with his two daughters, both of whom came home in 2017. While both Willa Gray, 2, and Ada James, 3 months, are too young to understand the meaning of Thanksgiving, Rhett says he’s looking forward to teaching them.
“You know, Willa’s a little bit too young to understand a lot of things,” Rhett says via his label, Big Machine Label Group, “So, I think once she gets to the age where she starts to ask questions like, ‘Where am I legitimately from? What kind of holidays do they celebrate in Uganda?’ I would love to start incorporating a ton of her culture into our lifestyle because we’re celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas and Fourth of July. And when she starts asking those questions, I would love for her to start knowing and learning about her culture as well.”
In addition to enjoying Thanksgiving with his new family of four, Rhett has been picked to perform during the halftime show for the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Los Angeles Chargers Thanksgiving game, which kicks off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
“Watching the Cowboys game is such a tradition on Thanksgiving Day,” Rhett says in a press release. “It’s all about being together with family and friends, but this year is going to be a little different for us. I’m pumped that we get to pack up the whole family to go to Dallas for the halftime show…it’s going to be blast and helping do it for a good cause makes it even better.”
Tune into CBS on Nov. 23 to watch Rhett perform.
Thomas Rhett says his new single, “Marry Me,” represents a kind of worst-case scenario for him.
“It’s my big ‘what if’ song,” he says of the third single from Life Changes . “I wrote it from the perspective of if I had never told my wife how I felt about her all those years ago. I probably would have been sitting at her wedding watching her marry someone else.”
“Thankfully I DID tell her how I felt — it makes for a great song concept that so many people can relate to.”
Most country fans know how TR and wife Lauren ’s love story worked out. Just this October, they celebrated their fifth anniversary, during a year that saw them adopt their daughter Willa from a Ugandan orphanage and welcome their first biological child, Ada .
Thomas Rhett also wrote his smash “Die a Happy Man” based on his real-life relationship with Lauren.
Republic Live, organizers of the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, confirmed earlier today that country music stars Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, and Thomas Rhett, will be at Canada’s largest music and camping festival for summer 2018. Additional artists on the announcement include Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young. Tickets for Boots and Hearts are currently on-sale at www.bootsandhearts.com with general admission tickets priced at $229.99.
“We’re thrilled with our headliner announcement for Boots and Hearts’ seventh year,” said Eva Dunford, Founding Partner, Republic Live. “For fans to see Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett return to our festival, when we’ve all watched their careers skyrocket, it’s a really rewarding experience. These are some of the world’s biggest country music stars and they’re back! Adding to that excitement is Alan Jackson, with his first ever Boots and Hearts performance. This will be Alan’s only Canadian performance for 2018, and it’s such an honour to welcome him to the Boots family. We have no doubt that with more incredible names like Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young, plus even more to come, fans are set to experience the absolute best of country music this year at Boots and Hearts.”
About Boots and Hearts
Boots and Hearts is an annual country music festival event produced by Republic Live. It will take place at the custom designed camping and festival grounds at Burl’s Creek this summer from August 9th – 12th. This year’s festival features headliners Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young. Boots and Hearts has won the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Festival of the Year Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and Canadian Music Week 2015 Festival of the Year. All tickets and camping offerings are currently on sale at www.bootsandhearts.com.
“What never grows old? The burning desire of youth to reinvent the world” — so says Forbes, who for seven years now has compiled an annual list of impressive, accomplished, and just plain hustlin’ individuals under the age of 30. The list is customized for a variety of different categories, including music, and it’s that very list that two country artists showed up on.
Maren Morris, 27, was noted by Forbes for her 2015 major label debut, which hit the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart and made it at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Also lauded was her Grammy nomination for Best New Artist at this year’s ceremony (she lost to Chance the Rapper).
Thomas Rhett, also 27, was duly noted for his money-making skills — a quarter million dollars per night on the road — as well as the performance of his third album, Life Changes, which debuted in September at the top of the Billboard200 (it was the first country album to do so this year).
Morris and Rhett join such standouts as Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Cardi B, Jackie Evancho, Joe Jonas, Bebe Rexha, and Khalid on the outlet’s music class of 2018. Other categories in the feature spanned everything from sports to science to education.
The two artists collaborated on Rhett’s “Craving You,” which hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts.