Thomas Rhett Brings New Music to Nashville

Thomas Rhett Goes to Nashville to join Record Company Valory Music

Photo credit: Courtesy of Valory Music Co.

What would happen if you discovered a 22-year-old singer-songwriter influenced by country, rock and hip-hop who grew up rapping to Will Smith at his father’s sold-out shows? The result would be Rhett Akins’ son, Thomas Rhett, who came to Nashville from Georgia and became Big Machine Label Group’s newest rising star.

After signing a publishing deal in 2010, Rhett’s career quickly took off when he penned a song on Jason Aldean’s #1 country debut, My Kinda Party.

Since then his rise to fame sky rocketed with a 2011 offer to join a record company, The Valory Music Co.–the label that claims Reba, Justin Moore and Brantley Gilbert as just a few of their stars.

Under Valory Rhett got the opportunity to work with songwriters Rick Huckaby (Muddy Water, Trace Adkins) and Lance Miller (Shinin On Me, Jerrod Neimann) and the trio went on to create what is now Rhett’s second single, Beer With Jesus.

A bizarre title to a personal and spiritual song, one radio host, Jeff Kapugi from WUSN, went as far to say it “will be play[ed] at Country radio for years and years.”

Along with his first breakout single, Something To Do With My Hands, the two tracks can be found on his 5-song EP that topped the iTunes Country chart just hours after its release.

In just one short year at Valory he has quickly become a well-known name who dares to step outside of the box and mix Colt Ford-like rap into Jason Aldean sounding country songs all the while remaining unique.

Named BMI’s country songwriter of the year in 2011, playing on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage, supporting acts like Blake Shelton and Toby Keith and getting involved in local charity work with Hands on Nashville, all prove Rhett is on track to becoming country’s next big hit.

The Country Songs Beer with Jesus and Something to do with my Hands

Photo credit: Valory Music Co.


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