Today we feature the latest from an artist who got his start playing the drums in his father's band, and who first came to notoriety in Music City writing #1 hits for other artists. An artist who knew early on where his path would lead him, mostly because there were boots for him to fill, boots that  led him straight to Nashville.

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Growing up in Valdosta, GA, Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr. was accustomed to having country superstars in and around the house. The son of singer and songwriter Rhett Akins, the junior Akins never thought twice about his career path, learning to play drums while in high school. He would often join his father on stage, playing the drums in dad's backing band. At the same time, he started his first band, the High Heeled Flip-Flops, never having a back-up career plan in mind.

The younger Akins would attend Lipscomb University in Nashville after high school, but admits that he really only went to college to satisfy his mom, and also says that all of his friends were in college, and he really didn't know what else to do. A Communications major, Junior would drop out of Lipscomb at age 20, after two years at the University, leaving unfulfilled the promise of a degree he made to his mom.

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It didn't take long for things to start to break for the artist who had dropped his given last name and was now known as just Thomas Rhett. In 2010 he was playing a Nashville club one night, and was approached by an executive from the Big Machine Label Group, who offered a publishing deal on the spot; Rhett happily accepted.

Such began the next leg of the journey which saw Thomas write hits for Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice. Big Machine offered him a record deal in 2011 and sent him off to work on what would become his debut album, 2013's It Goes Like This. Prior to the album's release, Rhett released a six-song, self titled debut EP, which would include his first chart success, "Beer With Jesus", which peaked at #15 on the country chart. The song would be the last single for Rhett that would fail to hit #1.

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2 albums, an EP and 9 consecutive #1 hits later, Thomas Rhett is one of the top young stars in country music. And though he has found his own success as a recording artist, he continues to write for other, a fact never as obvious as it was on Sept 21, 2013, when 5 of the top 10 songs on the Billboard Country Singles chart were written or co-written by either Rhett or Aikens.

Rhett's most recent album, Life Changes, which features a duet with his dad, has already produced two number 1 hits, and today, we have the third single from the album in our spotlight. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, Thomas Rhett and "Marry Me" is our Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

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Today’s Key Word: “MARRY”

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