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Thomas Rhett & His Father Rhett Akins Make Songwriting History

Thomas Rhett & His Father Rhett Akins Make Songwriting History

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 15: Singer/Songwriter Thomas Rhett and his dad Singer/Songwriter Rhett Akins backstage during Opening Night of Chris Young’s Liquid Neon Tour (SOLD OUT) at the Ryman Auditorium on November 15, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Thomas Rhett and his father, Rhett Akins are both accomplished songwriters. Recently, the father and son celebrated a special accomplishment. Five of the Top 10 songs on the country singles chart where either written, co-written or sung by them.

“I remember walking into my publishing company over at Sony the other day and we pulled up the chart and I was asking them where one of my songs was,” Thomas said. “He was like, ‘Well, this one is at eight. This one’s at seven.’ We started looking and that was when we noticed that there was five songs in the Top 10 that were either written or recorded by me or dad or both of us.”

One of those songs was Thomas’ current Top 5 hit “It Goes Like This,” which was co-written by his father. As far as anyone knows, this is the first time a father/son team has managed such an accomplishment. Rhett went as far as researching the matter to be sure.

“He was looking on Google to see if Hank Williams, Sr and Junior had ever done it,” Thomas said. “There aren’t a whole lot of words to say how cool it is besides, ‘It’s just really freaking cool.’ It’s one of those things that will never be forgotten, especially by me and for sure by him. I guess we’ll try to get a plaque made or something for the both of us.”

Thomas will release his debut album, It Goes Like This, on October 29.


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