Thomas Rhett has scored his first hit as an artist with "It Goes Like This," but the demanding schedule of a budding country star is no surprise to him. Thomas's father, Rhett Akins , had several hits in the mid-'90s, including "That Ain't My Truck," so Thomas knows the sacrifices necessary to launch and maintain a country career.
He tells Billboard , "I watched my dad be gone a lot. I watched my parents get divorced when I was nine. I learned a lot about the road, and a lot of the business side of it, and a lot of about how it can affect your personal life."
Thomas has used those early life lessons to make sure his young marriage to his high school sweetheart, Lauren , stays on track. As difficult as his very musical childhood may sound, Thomas is thankful for it. He says, "My upbringing was fantastic, and I wouldn't trade it for anything."
"It Goes Like This" is the title track on Thomas's debut album, due out October 29.
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