Thomas Rhett has made a name for himself in country music over the last four years.
During those years, he has earned five No. 1 hits, eight singles, two albums, and in addition to writing much of his own material, he has also written hits for Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, and Jason Aldean.
It's no surprise that he has chosen this line of work because country music is in his blood. His father is singer-songwriter Rhett Akins. Thomas was born Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr., but dropped his last name so he could pursue music without being in his dad's shadow.
He could've easily used his father's contacts (and last name) to his advantage, but Rhett wanted to do things his way.
Rhett has stated in interviews that his dad's touring schedule is what played a part in his parents' divorce when he was just nine-years-old. Following that event, he promised his mom he would go to college and not pursue music.
When he was 20-years-old, he dropped out of college. He began playing in clubs in Nashville, which is where an executive from Big Machine Label Group approached him and offered him a deal to write songs, and eventually release his own music.
Rhett released his first single in early 2012 and first album, It Goes Like This, later that year. The album produced three No. 1 hits.
In April 2015, Rhett released his hit single "Crash and Burn", followed by his second album, Tangled Up in September 2015. His second single from the album is a romantic ode to his wife, Lauren, called "Die A Happy Man", which hit No. 1 in December 2015.
He has a bright future ahead of him in both singing and songwriting, and we can't wait to see what he has in store for us!
Here are three of our favorite live performances from Thomas Rhett!