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Video: Thomas Plays”Who Knew?” country-style with Blake Shelton, talks about his family and “Life Changes” on TODAY Show

Video: Thomas Plays”Who Knew?” country-style with Blake Shelton, talks about his family and “Life Changes” on TODAY Show

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?

Thomas Rhett: From prolific songwriter to star in his own right

Triblive.com — Ask Thomas Rhett about how he learned about music, songwriting or performing and you get variations of the answer — from his dad.

That would be his dad and namesake, Thomas Rhett Akins, a veteran country singer and songwriter who’s written hits for Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, LoCash, Lee Brice and a kid whose real name is Thomas Rhett Akins Jr.

But the influence of Akins starts far earlier than when father and son started writing songs together.

“If it wasn’t for him, all I would have listened to when I was a kid would have been *NSYNC, Justin Timberlake and Garth Brooks,” Rhett says. “He introduced me to The Beatles and Southern rock, even Tupac. That’s why my music is so diverse today.”

The same influence holds true for Rhett’s performance. An engaging entertainer, Rhett picked that up around the house as well.

“I keep talking about my dad,” Rhett says. “My dad is the best impersonator, the best storyteller I’ve been around. He’s always been the life of the party guy. Getting to watch him, that kind of rubbed off on me too. Getting up in front of people and performing came really naturally to me.”

“Anytime my dad had a camera, I wanted to get in front of it and do something, does that make any sense?” he says. “It was a really cool way to grow up. Getting to be around Reba (McEntire) and Tim McGraw as a little kid might seem weird to some people. But they were his running buddies. You learn stuff from them you didn’t even know you were getting when you were 10 or 11.”

Rhett now gets to show off his performing skills headlining shows in arenas. But it took awhile for him to get there.

Dropping out of college to pursue a music career at 20, Rhett wrote songs for the likes of Jason Aldean (“I Ain’t Ready to Quit” and “1994”), Florida Georgia Line (“Round Here”) and Brice (“Parking Lot Party”).

By September 2013, the Billboard magazine country airplay chart had five songs in the Top 10 written by Rhett and/or Akins, including “It Goes Like This,” the title cut of Rhett’s debut album and his first No. 1 hit.

That success put Rhett on the road, playing clubs and jumping on bigger tours as a support. While his songs were on the radio, both by him and other artists, he was plugging away, building his career

“It’s the slow climb,” Rhett said. “The more artists I talk to, like Dierks (Bentley), Aldean and (Kenny) Chesney, they had moments where they jumped up. But they were doing it year after year after year. There’s something that might be nice about overnight success. But there’s something rewarding about doing it the way we’ve done it.”

For Rhett, the jump came with “Tangled Up,” his 2015 album, and its song “Die a Happy Man,” which spent two months on top of the country charts starting in December 2015.

“Before we released ‘Die a Happy Man’ as a single, we were playing pretty consistently to 2,000-3,000 people a night,” he said. “Last fall, we filled the Yum Center in Louisville. “How do you go from 2,000 people to 16,000 people in a year? It’s really amazing what a hit song can do for you.”

“Die a Happy Man” changed more than Rhett’s career. It, he said, made him a better, more honest songwriter.

“After ‘Die a Happy Man,” people want to hear the real stuff,’ he said. “That’s freeing. There’s no more getting into a room trying to write a generic hit. If you can have a hit that really touches people, that’s the greatest feeling in the world.”

The success of “Die a Happy Man” and “Tangled Up” put the pressure on Rhett for its follow up, as he was constantly touring. He met the challenge of creating “Life Changes,” the chart-topping album he released last year, by writing on the road, bringing out co-writers to collaborate for a few days at a time to write between shows.

“We’ll sit in the bus, drink coffee and talk, talk about song titles, melodies whatever,” he added. “The next thing you know you’ve written three songs in two days.”

The writing sessions worked. “Life Changes” has so far produced three No. 1 Country Airplay singles — “Craving You,” “Unforgettable” and “Marry Me.”

Rhett’s home life is flourishing as well. He and his wife, and childhood sweetheart, Lauren, now have two little girls, 2-year-old Willa and Ada. So he understandably likes to be home spending time with his family.

The good news is he’ll have some breaks in his schedule this summer.

“If this was last year, it would have been tough,” Rhett said of touring. “This year, I’m doing the Kenny Chesney dates in the summer (opening for that country superstar). But he only plays on Saturdays. The whole summer I’m going to be leaving on Thursday and getting back home on Sunday. I’ll be home from Monday through Thursday. That’s going to be a first in my career.”

“It’s been chaos!” US country music star Thomas Rhett reveals life has ‘drastically changed’ since becoming a father and landing a number one album

“It’s been chaos!” US country music star Thomas Rhett reveals life has ‘drastically changed’ since becoming a father and landing a number one album

TheSun.co.uk — US Country music star Thomas Rhett admits becoming a father to two girls and scoring a number one album on the Billboard 200 has turned his life on its head.

The singer, 28, described the last two years as “chaos in the best possible way” after adopting Willa, two, from Uganda last May and welcoming the arrival of biological daughter Ada just two months later.

His third album, Life Changes, debuted at number one in the US in September giving Thomas his chart-topping LP.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, Thomas said: “My life could not have changed any more drastically in the last two years.

“My life will probably not change that much ever again. The last year has been chaos in the best way possible, that’s the best way you can describe it.

“My kids have been the influence for a lot of the songs on my next album, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s been a very special couple of years.”

Thomas and his wife Lauren decided to adopt Willa after Lauren met her while on a mission trip. Lauren’s parents were adopted and Thomas said it was always a pathway the couple wanted to go down. Continue reading

Thomas Rhett Was Road-tripping When He First Heard Himself on Radio

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.

Thomas Rhett A Sucker for a Good, Sad Song

CMT.comBut Then What’s With the Happy Ending?

“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.”

Thomas Rhett Looks Forward to Learning From Kenny Chesney on Trip Around the Sun Tour

Popculture.com — Thomas Rhett will wrap up his headlining Life Changes Tour just in time to serve as the opening act, along with Old Dominion, on Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour. The 27-year-old says joining Chesney on the road is a dream he’s held on to for most of his adult life.

“Being on a Kenny Chesney tour, I think is a dream that I’ve had since I was 19 years old,” Rhett shared with PopCulture.com at a recent media event. “[Jason] Aldean’s done it, Eric Church has done it, Miranda [Lambert] has done it. Anybody who is somebody has done that tour and there’s a reason for that and it’s because Kenny has perfected the art of learning how to entertain 70,000 people for two hours.”

Rhett joined Chesney for a couple shows at Gillette Stadium last year, which he says was a pivotal moment for his career.

“It really is a terrifying thing to go embark on,” admits Rhett. “Last year playing at Gillette two nights in a row was the first time I’d ever done a stadium, first of all, two nights in a row, and second of all, gotten to even play at dark. I’ve done stadiums before but it’s always been at 5:00, when there’s like 10,000 people in there. It’s really awkward.”

Stil, even in those two days, the “Marry Me” singer says he learned plenty from the country music icon.

“I feel like I got to learn so much even in just those two days of watching how Kenny connects to the person in the front row, and the person in the nose bleeds,” Rhett says. “That’s a very hard thing to do, and so I’m anxious to get out there and obviously do our set, but then just learn so much from Kenny. I think that’s every artist’s dream is to one day headline stadiums.”

In addition to learning about performing, Rhett also learned how to treat people off-stage, a skill Chesney has already mastered.

“He sets up this gigantic space next to his bus where he has a Tiki bar and food trucks and music playing,” Rhett reveals. “Literally, before the show and after the show, I could have walked up to Kenny and said, ‘Hey dude, I have 30 family members here, can [they come in]? Is that cool?’ Yeah, come on. He treats everybody like your their family, and I think that’s what creates such a unique and fun atmosphere with Kenny backstage, and that’s why so many people want to tour with him.

“Just from the camaraderie you get from that tour,” Rhett adds, “and then you also get to learn how to watch somebody play two hours of nothing but the most gigantic songs in the history of Country music. So, it’s pretty awesome.”

Rhett will wrap up his 2018 Life Changes Tour on April 20, and kick off his run with Chesney one day later, on April 21. A list of all of Rhett’s upcoming shows is available on his website.

CMT: Thomas Rhett on His Biggest Fan Ever

CMT: Thomas Rhett on His Biggest Fan Ever

This past Valentine’s Day had CMT feeling nostalgic with all the love in the air and took a moment to look back on some good times.

Like when Thomas Rhett’s high school sweetheart (and yes, his childhood crush) Lauren Gregory told him that he might actually have a career in music, and then she became his wife, Lauren Akins.

CMT.com — “She’s always been my biggest fan,” Rhett said in a recent radio interview, “even I remember going back to high school, just sitting there playing Brad Paisley songs on my acoustic guitar and her being like, ’Man, you kind of have an OK voice. Maybe you should do something with that.’”

Just like the title track from his last album Life Changes says, Rhett had been waiting on Lauren since the 2nd grade. The two married in October 2012. And he’s hopeful that their great ride will last forever.

“It’s crazy how far we’ve come, not only as a married couple but as friends. Our friendship has grown, and she is such a part of my career. My fans love her more than they love me, which is hilarious,” he said. “So it’s just been a great ride with her and hopefully it can continue in this way.”

Interview: Thomas Talks with Taylor Magazine

Interview: Thomas Talks with Taylor Magazine

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.

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Thomas Rhett Can’t Wait to Teach Daughter Willa Gray All About Thanksgiving

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.

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