Rodney Atkins Biography and Key Facts

Rodney Atkins

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The Tennessee native turned an unfortunate childhood into an incredible career in Country music. Check out Rodney Atkins' story below!

Rodney Atkins Background

Rodney Atkins was born on March 28, 1969, in Knoxville, Tennessee. However, his birth mom was still a teenager when she became pregnant. Atkins biological father was not around after Rodney was born. Unfortunately, the young, single mother put Rodney Atkins up for adoption. After a few unsuccessful adoption attempts, Rodney finally found a home with Margaret and Allan Atkins. Throughout high school, Rodney Atkins practiced his performing skills at school functions and parties. After high school, Rodney Atkins attended Tennessee Technological University.

Musical Beginnings

In college, Rodney’s songwriting career took off after becoming friends with other songwriters. Like many other Country music artists, Rodney moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin his career. Atkins signed with Curb Records in 1996. Rodney Atkins released his debut album, Honesty, in 2003.

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Country Career

After a couple of quiet years, Rodney Atkins reappeared on the Country music scene with the release of his second album, If You’re Going Through Hell. The album exceeded expectations with 4 songs reaching the top of the charts. To recognize his achievements, the Academy of Country Music gave Atkins the Top New Male Vocalist award. He followed a very successful 2006 by opening for Brad Paisley’s tour. Since then, Atkins has released three more albums, It’s America, Take a Back Road, and Greatest Hits. Check out his most popular song, “Watching You,” below!

Rodney Atkins Songs

Atkins latest album is “Caught Up in the Country”.  About the album Rodney stated, ““Some of these songs were like carving a statue,” says Rodney Atkins. “You put a whole lot of stuff on there and then keep chipping away, so you only have left what you need—you figure out what’s just noise, what’s taking away, how do you make the lyrics really be heard. Sometimes you have to go way out there so you can come back.”.  Enjoy two of his top music videos below.

Caught Up in the Country Video

Rodney has achieved 6 #1 singles in his Country Music career  including:

  1. “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” (2006)
  2. “Watching You” (2007)
  3. “These Are My People” (2007)
  4. “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)” (2008)
  5. “It’s America” (2009)
  6. “Take a Back Road” (2011)

Enjoy watching his #1 hit from 2007 “Watching You” music video below.

Watching You Music Video

Atkins has released 5 studio albums including:

  1. Honesty (2003)
  2. If You’re Going Through Hell (2006)
  3. It’s America (2009)
  4. Take a Back Road (2011)
  5. Caught Up in the Country (2019)

Home Life

Rodney Atkins has written many songs about his son, Elijah, from his first marriage. Atkins is now happily married to his current wife Rose Falcon. The couple will be celebrating their 6th anniversary this November.  Their son, Ryder Falcon Atkins, was born to the couple on December 14, 2017.  The couple are expecting their second baby boy together.  This will make  Atkins’ the father of three sons in total.


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 Atkins’ Tour and Current Show Schedule

Atkins has several shows currently scheduled and fans can check out his current show schedule here!


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