Happy Birthday Thomas Rhett: Celebrating the Country Superstar’s Best Moments

by Jim Casey

In honor of Thomas Rhett’s 31st birthday today, we’re celebrating with a walk down memory lane.

With a houseful of kids, a trophy case packed with awards, and a string of No. 1 hits, TR has already accomplished enough for two lifetimes. But the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. Let’s take a look back at some of his best moments.

Thomas Rhett Gets an Early Start

If it feels like Thomas Rhett has been in the limelight for decades, it’s because he has. His singer/songwriter dad, Rhett Akins, scored a couple of hits in the 1990s, including “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started.” Of course, now Rhett Akins is one of the most sought-after songwriters in the industry. While most kids his age were probably hitting tee-balls, TR was hitting the high notes on Joe Diffie’s “Third Rock From the Sun.”

Songwriting Chops

Before he broke through as a superstar in his own right, Thomas Rhett was busy earning his songwriting street cred. TR penned a number of tunes for other artists, including Jason Aldean’s “I Ain’t Ready to Quit,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here,” Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party,” and more.

TR’s First No. 1 Hit

It didn’t take Thomas Rhett long to get his first taste of singing success. TR dropped his debut album, It Goes Like This, in 2013. He scored Top 20 hits with the album’s first two singles, “Something to Do With My Hands” and “Beer With Jesus.” His third single, the album’s title track, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. TR can now claim 16 No. 1 singles on the chart. But it all started with “It Goes Like This.”

Family Man

Thomas Rhett married his high school sweetheart, Lauren Akins, in October 2012. Since that time, the couple has welcomed three daughters into their family: Willa Gray, 5; Ada James, 3; Lennon Love, 1. No wonder TR works so hard. He’s got plenty of incentives.

Entertaining Awards

Over the last eight years, TR has packed his trophy case with a number of awards, including the ACM Award for Single of the Year (“Die a Happy Man”), Song of the Year (“Die a Happy Man”), Male Vocalist of the Year, and Video of the Year (“Remember You Young”). He also copped the CMA Award for Song of the Year (“Die a Happy Man”) and Video of the Year (“Marry Me”). TR’s biggest win came in 2020 when he was named ACM Entertainer of the Year (along with Carrie Underwood).