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Music has always been in Rhett Akins' blood. The Valdosta, GA. native grew up in a close-knit family that supported his musical interests and his desire to pursue music as a career.
One of Rhett's song demo tapes found its way to the reactivated Decca Records label. Impressed by what they heard, they quickly signed Rhett to a recording contract. In 1995 his first album, A Thousand Memories was released to critical acclaim and spawned his first # 1 single and a song he co-wrote "That Ain't My Truck". That success was duplicated the following year with his second #1 single, "Don't Get Me Started", from his follow up album "Somebody New".
Rhett has an impressive six number one singles including “All Over Me” by Josh Turner, “Gimmie That Girl” by Joe Nichols, “All About Tonight” and “Honey Bee”, which was an impressive 4 weeks at the top, both by Blake Shelton, “Take a Back Road” by Rodney Atkins, and his latest number one, “I Don’t What This Night To End” by Luke Bryan. Other cuts include; “Bait A Hook” by Justin Moore, “Chicken and Biscuits” and “Country Thang” by Colt Ford, “Farmer’s Daughter” by Rodney Atkins and “The Shape I’m In” by Joe Nichols. Brooks & Dunn, Jack Ingram, Brantley Gilbert, Frankie Ballard, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, Kix Brooks, and Lee Brice have also cut Rhett’s songs. All of these hits led to Rhett being named BMI’s songwriter of the year in 2011. Rhett was named the #4 Billboard Country Songwriter for 2010. “Honey Bee” became the highest selling digital debut by a country male solo artist. He received the Triple Play Award in January 2012 for having three number one singles in a twelve month period.
Rhett also teamed up with songwriting partner and friend, Dallas Davidson, along with Michael Waddell (television’s The Bone Collector and Real Tree Road Trip) to write a project of songs about hunting and other outdoor sports. Warner Brothers distributed their album that they created called Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector: The Brotherhood Album featuring Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson.
Rhett has the current Chris Young single “I Can Take It From There” and four cuts on his upcoming record. Other artists who have cut Rhett’s songs recently include: Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Tyler Farr, and Aaron Lewis.
|I Don't Want This Night To End
|Take A Back Road
|All Over Me