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Rhett Akins

Singer/Songwriter

Rhett Akins found his way to a professional music career when Decca Records (which had been reactivated then) heard one of his demos. The label was impressed with the singer and quickly signed him in the mid 90s. He dropped his first album, A Thousand Memories, in 1995. The record was critically acclaimed and produced four chart singles including his first No. 1 hit, “That Ain’t My Truck,” which he also co-wrote. The song has since become Akin’s signature song but his success story was just getting started. The following year he released Somebody New which produced another No. 1 hit, “Don’t Get Me Started.”

Akins has not just been a successful solo artist, he's also written chart toppers for some big names. He has had 26 No. 1 singles (and counting). He’s had a hand in Josh Turner’s “All Over Me,” Joe Nichols’ “Gimme That Girl,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Put a Girl in It,” Rodney Akins’ “Take a Back Road,” Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End and Huntin’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” Chris Young’s “I Can Take it From There,” Justin Moore’s “Point at You,” Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl,” Dustin Lynch’s “Mindreader,”  Frankie Ballard’s “Young and Crazy” and Locash’s “ I Know Somebody” which is their first No. 1. Akins is also responsible for Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight,” “Boys ‘Round Here” and “Honey Bee,” the latter of which spent a total of four weeks at No. 1. His Jason Aldean cuts include a three week No. 1 in “When She Says Baby,” “Just Gettin’ Started” and “Tonight Looks Good on You.” He had another three week No. 1 with Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This.” He also wrote Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That." In 2017, he received his 26th No. 1, “Star Of The Show” which was co-written with his son, Rhett, and their first No. 1 together.  

Akins has been the recipient of renowned awards and titles. In 2010, he was named the No. 4 Billboard Country Songwriter. The following year, BMI named him Songwriter of the Year. He won it again in 2014. His song “Honey Bee” became the highest selling digital debut by a country male solo artist. His biggest accomplishment, though, may be winning the CMA Triple Play award a total of six times. The award is presented to a songwriter who penned three No. 1 singles in 12 months. Akins won the award in October 2010, January 2012, February 2014, February 2015, February 2016 and again in February 2017.