Country Music Trivia: 10 Thomas Rhett Facts [Pictures]

Thomas Rhett Facts

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Thomas Rhett didn't initially set out to be a country music star like his famous father. Check out what he did first and learn more Thomas Rhett facts here!

Country music star Thomas Rhett Akins (born March 30, 1990) is the son of fellow country music artist Rhett Akins. The 29-year-old has released four studio albums— It Goes Like This (2013), Tangled Up (2015), Life Changes (2017), and Center Point Road (2019). Fourteen of his songs have hit No. 1— “It Goes Like This”, “Get Me Some of That”, “Make Me Wanna”, “Crash and Burn”, “Die a Happy Man”, “T-Shirt”, “Star of the Show”, “Craving You”, “Unforgettable”, “Marry Me”, “Life Changes”, “Sixteen”, “Remember You Young,” and “Look What God Gave Her.” Besides his career success, Thomas is happily married to wife Lauren Akins and is the father of three daughters: Willa Gray, Ada James, and newborn Lennon Love. Learn more through the Thomas Rhett facts below!

10 Thomas Rhett Facts

1) During high school, Thomas was the drummer in a pop rock band called The High Heeled Flip Flops.

2) In October 2013, Thomas Rhett and his father made country music history by becoming the first father and son who wrote, co-wrote, or performed five of the Top 10 singles on the country music charts. The songs they charted with included cuts performed by Florida Georgia Line, Billy Currington, Lee Brice, and Justin Moore. The fifth song went on to become Thomas Rhett’s first #1 single, “It Goes Like This.”

3) Thomas is the child of divorce. His parents, Paige Braswell and Rhett Akins, split up when he was just nine years old due to the demands of his father’s career.

4) The star played football and soccer in high school. He may have even gotten to play soccer in college if his knee didn’t give out his junior year.

5) Thomas Rhett’s music videos don’t include romantic scenes or the artist getting close to another woman. That’s because Thomas and Lauren have established rules about boundaries.

6) While in college at Nashville’s Lipscomb University, Thomas studied kinesiology, then business, and then communications. After changing majors three times, the singer-songwriter decided to leave college and pursue a music career.

7) Thomas and Lauren first met in first grade while attending school at Goodpasture Christian in Madison, Georgia.

8) The couple’s first kiss took place on a trampoline when they were teenagers.

9) Luke Bryan encouraged Thomas and Lauren to get married at 22-years-old and ignore those who said they were too young. According to Rhett Akins, Thomas called Luke three or four times, and Luke was like, ‘Buddy, if you’re in love and you want to get married, then do it.’”

10)  In a 2013 interview, Rhett explained why he doesn’t use his father’s last name, saying, “I didn’t leave Akins out to convince people my dad wasn’t my dad. I’ve always been called Thomas Rhett. I didn’t want to get rid of it.”

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