The Grand Ole Opry brings country music legends like Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens, today’s superstars like Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, and up-and-coming artists together on one stage creating unforgettable shows every week. Into The Circle introduces the newest Opry performers as they make their Grand Ole Opry debut and step into the circle for the first time.
He shares a name with his songwriting father Rhett Akins, but Thomas Rhett is a guy that’s beginning to make a name for himself all on his own. 2012 has proven to be a big year so far for this twenty-one year old and May 19 is definitely a day he will never forget. It was on that evening that Thomas Rhett first stepped in front of a WSM microphone stand on the famous circle. As you can see from his Twitter, his Opry debut, a show that also included Billy Gilman, Gretchen Peters, Mallary Hope, and more, was a milestone for him.
Tonight I become a man and play the opry for the first time… Y’all wish me luck!
— Thomas Rhett Akins (@ThomasRhett) May 19, 2012
Thomas Rhett grew up around music but it wasn’t until after high school that he began to toy with the idea of pursuing a career in music. He was signed to his first country music publishing deal while still in college and his first cut on an album got him noticed by many major record labels. In 2011 Thomas Rhett signed with Big Machine Label Group and has been making big strides ever since. It was just announced he will be joining Toby Keith on his summer tour. Rhett’s first single “Something To Do With My Hands” has hit country radio and his first album is expected later this year.