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Country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett joins Hoda Kotb and Blake Shelton live in Nashville to talk about his growing family (he and his wife Lauren adopted a baby daughter last year at the same time they found out Lauren was pregnant) as well as his most recent album, appropriately titled “Life Changes.”
In Nashville, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Darius Rucker join Hoda Kotb for a special country-music edition of our weekly “Who Knew?” trivia game. Do you know which former child star is Dolly Parton’s goddaughter?
SoundsLikeNashville.com — It’s been a handful of years since Thomas Rhett made his radio debut, but the singer still remembers the career-changing moment like it was yesterday.
Before Rhett hit the big time with his country-pop sound, he relied on his Georgia twang to move him into the format with a strong lead. “Something to Do With My Hands” made its way over to the hands of DJs across the country, in which Rhett got his first taste of the big time when he finally heard the track play in the car during a drive one day.
“The first time I heard my song on the radio was driving from L.A. to Vegas. It was my first single, ‘Something To Do With My Hands,’ feels like ages ago. But me and my radio rep George Briner were driving, and it’s like a four or five-hour drive, and one of the stations we were driving through told us they were going to play it because they knew we were in the car,” Rhett chronicled to Westwood One.
Now, Rhett probably hears his music playing through his speakers more often than not after scoring a plethora of No. 1 hits. Songs such as “Craving You” and “Marry Me” have reached the top position just from his most recent album alone, with previous singles hitting that same top spot in the past. His current single, “Life Changes,” is at country radio.
Fans can catch Rhett out on the road for his headlining Life Changes Tour.
“Marry Me” is sad enough as a song. But then the video? I can barely get one minute in — when Thomas Rhett reveals that she wants to get married, but just not to him — before the tears kick in.
So when I talked to Thomas Rhett about the video after he rehearsed his performance of the song at the ACM Awards, he told me that that reaction — a gut punch, he called it — was kind of his intention.
“I really just wanted to tell the story of what my life would’ve been like had I not had the confidence to walk up to Lauren and tell her I’ve basically been in love with her since church camp in 7th grade,” he said.
He wrote the song with Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Shane McAnally, and he told me they wrote it as a fantasy of the worst kind. “It’s just about me going to her wedding when she’s marrying somebody else. A pretty morbid thought,” he said, “but I’m a sucker for a good sad song.”
Some of his favorite songwriters of all time, he said, write about what they know, but also about what they pulled from their memories. “And if you can kind of go back — for me that would’ve been all through high school — I got dumped by Lauren a couple times and dated some other girls. So I know the feeling of heart break well. And so when I can write a song like that, I can go back into that part of my brain and deliver it as that person: the saddest person in the world.”
At the very end of the video, he leaves the wedding before the vows are exchanged, and he goes to drown his unrequited sorrows at a diner. And just as he starts to sip his café au whiskey, the bride shows up in the window. Her shrug is half “what have I done?” and half “where the hell were you?”
So her ambiguous appearance left me with a lot of unanswered questions, which Rhett was quick to answer.
“Oh she definitely left her fiance for good. Because if she’d left her wedding just to go say, ‘What’s up’ to him, obviously that marriage probably ain’t gonna work out,” he said. “I think they get back together in the end.”
Soundslikenashville.com — Thomas Rhett is no doubt becoming one of country music’s biggest superstars and his status among the elite was confirmed when he was named Country Artist of the Year for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Beating out Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Sam Hunt, the “Marry Me” singer couldn’t believe he’d been named the winner.
“Wow, Country Artist of the Year. That is… that is insane. Thank you guys so much for voting for that and voting me in there because there was so many great country artists out there that also just deserve this completely. So I’m blown away that you have given this to me,” he said in a video acceptance speech.
After thanking the iHeartRadio team and his Valory label family, Rhett went on to thank some other special supporters in his life.
“Thank you so much to the fans, who come out to the shows and support us day in, day out,” he continued. “To my wife, who helps me pick these songs that go on the records and tells me when I’m doing something dumb in a show and I can fix it on the next one. Thank you to the Lord for allowing me to do this crazy career and this life. It’s been a real honor. Thank you guys so much. This is really cool.”
Rhett is also vying for Country Song of the Year with his smash, “Unforgettable.”
Fans tuning in to the awards show broadcast may not get a performance from the 2018 Country Artist of the Year, but they will get to see Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Eminem, G-Eazy, Kehlani, and N.E.R.D. take the stage. Diddy, Bebe Rexha, Laverne Cox, Method Man, Halsey, and more are expected to present.
The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place on Sunday, March 11 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles. The event will simulcast live across multiple platforms: TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT; on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide; the iHeartRadio app; and on the truTV, TNT & TBS Apps.
KWBE.com — For his latest smash, Thomas Rhett took a “what if” moment and turned it into “Marry Me,” imagining what could’ve happened if he’d never pursued the woman who eventually became his wife.
“Everybody has those turning points in their life,” he explains, “where you have these moments where you can either go left or go right. And if you go left, then you never know what would’ve been in that right direction.”
“So this song was written out of a space of like, if I had never told Lauren how I’d felt about her, then more than likely I would’ve been invited to that wedding of her marrying somebody else.”
The “Marry Me” video plays out like a mini-movie, with the main character regretting he never made a romantic move toward the woman he loves.
“I probably wouldn’t have been as sad as the guy in the video,” Thomas admits, “but it probably would’ve still wrecked me. I think when you fall in love with somebody at a young age, that kind of thing still sort of lingers with you for a long time.”
The video ends with a cliffhanger, as the potential bride goes to the lovesick protagonist, but it’s unclear whether she’s gone through with her wedding or not. So how does Thomas Rhett believe things turned out?
“At the end, I wanted to really just rein in that Nicholas Sparks moment…” he says, “and really give the viewers a positive ending. So I think she left the wedding and came, and now they’re together, wherever they are — living in the Virgin Islands somewhere.”
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.
Thomas Rhett isn’t like a regular dad — he’s a cool dad.
The 27-year-old country star and wife Lauren welcomed two baby girls amid a banner year for his career. Rhett’s been busy on his headlining Home Team tour since March and just last week became the first country act this year to top the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
“I was really surprised,” Rhett tells ET. “I think as an artist, anytime you put a record out, you’re just like, ‘I hope people like it.’ And so when you see your record go No. 1 and stay there for an entire week, that was just a huge feat for me and the team. I’m just so happy for the writers and the people that played on the record because we put a lot of hard work into this record.”
When it comes to picking favorites, Rhett says that wife Lauren is a fan of “Sweetheart,” while 1-year-old Willa Gray gravitates towards the EDM-flavored “Leave Right Now.”
Rhett also couldn’t help but gush over the adorable thing that Willa Gray does when she hears dad’s singles on the radio.
“Whenever she hears ‘Craving You’ or ‘Unforgettable,’ she says ‘Daddy! Daddy!’ It’s the sweetest thing in the world,” Rhett beamed.
ET caught up with Rhett at his fashion pop-up shop in Los Angeles, featuring collaborations with Daniel Patrick, MadeWorn, New Era caps and his personal stylist, Kemal Harris. While he hasn’t yet ventured into baby and toddler fashion — “We should have made a onesie!” he laughed — he did open up about how much fun he’s had teaching his eldest daughter about fashion and how he’s balancing parenthood with a demanding career.
When country star Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins‘ younger daughter Ada James arrived home from the hospital in August, there was a sweet and sentimental new space ready and waiting for her.
The happy new parents worked hand-in-hand with April Tomlin Interiors to design a “dreamy” nursery for their newborn – and recently gave PEOPLE an exclusive inside look.
“It’s a sweet nursery. Not too much pink – I’m not a pink girl,” Lauren tells PEOPLE, noting that both the carpet and bed in the now-6-week-old’s room include the color blue.
As for 22-month-old daughter Willa Gray‘s room, “[It’s] the same way – I was adamant about not having a giant pink room for my girls,” she adds. “But we love it. She seems to enjoy it so far, so I think it’s working.”
The nursery – photographed by Julie Paisley – includes plenty of special touches, including a framed copy of the photo Lauren and Thomas Rhett used to share their pregnancy news with their families.
In the image, the spouses’ older daughter had a little sign taped to her outfit that read “Big Sister.” Explains Thomas Rhett, 27, “I don’t think Willa Gray knew what was happening!”
“We had limited resources on how we were going to tell our family,” shares Lauren, “so we had this picture framed for everybody and that’s how we told everybody that she was coming into the world. That’s probably the sweetest thing in here, especially to us, because that was such a fun memory – trying to get that picture and then getting to tell everybody.”
Both Ada and Willa’s rooms are packed with reading material (“We’ve got every single Dr. Seuss book on the planet,” jokes Thomas Rhett), while the former also has a closet stocked with newborn-sized dresses, saved over the years by Lauren’s grandmother.
Willa – whom the couple adopted from Uganda in May – also has African animals and beads featured in her room’s artwork. Says Lauren, “Africa, obviously, is a huge part of our lives and my heart and mission, so I think that’s probably heavier in her room.”
The pair can’t keep Willa Gray out of her sister’s room, though – specifically, the infant’s crib.
“She wants to get in the crib all day long,” says Lauren. “She wants to lay down and take naps with Ada, which she’s not really allowed to do. But she tries. She loves getting in the crib.”