You can bet Thomas Rhett is no longer looking for something to do with his hands. Those hands are pretty full nowadays with things such as his first single climbing the charts and making his debut appearance on CMA Music Fest’s Riverfront Stage last week. It was less than a month ago (May 19 to be exact) when Thomas Rhett made his Opry debut and he is already making his way back to the stage. Catch him on June 19 alongside Lee Brice, Diamond Rio, and others.
Thomas Rhett talked with us backstage the night of his debut about everything from the journey that has led him to where he is now to how he chose his first single. Or maybe you want to hear what he was thinking walking through the Grand Ole Opry House artist entrance doors for the first time?
The nerves were ever-present the night of his debut but Thomas explained that at the same time he felt as though “he had been preparing to [sing on the Opry stage] since he was five years old.”
“I’ve been around the music business my whole life and I’ve always learned the ups about it and the downs about it,” he said. “I’ve seen personally what it’s like to have success and have failure in the music business.”
Late in his high school career is when Thomas began immersing himself in songwriting and after a 3-year stint in college, he knew music was where he belonged. However, it was during those college years that he had his first break.
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Even with the success he’s seen, this up-and-comer is nothing but grounded. “You got a lot of shoes to fill walking on that stage,” Thomas said. “There have been so many legends walk out and play in that small circle. For me to get the opportunity to play it tonight is extremely humbling.”
Speaking of success, his debut single “Something To Do With My Hands” can be heard on radio stations across the country. Picking the first single can be a crucial career decision for an artist and this Georgia-native decided to take a risk.
Looking toward the future, with his new album coming in August and an opener-gig on Toby Keith’s summer tour, Thomas’ is looking pretty bright. “It’s been a crazy, God thing to tell you the truth. I can’t put a finger really on how it all happened, it just all kind of fell into place. I’m very blessed and very humbled to be where I am at,” he concluded.
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