Thomas Rhett revealed the song that made his wife Lauren Akins cry, but that also happens to be his 5-year-old daughter Willa Gray’s favorite track on his upcoming record, Country Again: Side A.
Rhett explained that one day he was driving with his wife and their three children, and while driving he played them a song from his new project called “Ya Heard.” Upon playing it to them, his daughter Willa Gray yelled “Daddy, Daddy, turn it down.” Rhett then assumed “well, guess that’s songs not going to make the record.” He continued to explain, “so I turn it down and I said ‘what baby,’ and she goes ‘that song’s fire.’”
“‘Ya Heard’ is Lauren and Willa Gray’s favorite track off this record,” Rhett explained in the clip. “It took Lauren like six listens to where she can now listen to it without crying.”
The country superstar continued to share that he hardly sends demos to anyone anymore as he rather wait for the recorded version but he immediately knew when he wrote this one that he had something very special and had to show it to his wife.
“I remember when I wrote that song…” Rhett shared. “I hardly ever send songs anymore from the road, like I’ve kind of learned to just kind of wait till the studio happens. But I knew we had something special after we wrote this one, so I sent Lauren this demo and for the first-time ever, Lauren said ‘honey, I think you need to take this one to the studio’ and I was like ‘wow, this is like the first demo ever that you haven’t wanted me just to release the demo. I love that song and I know Lauren loves that song cause we can see such our lives…”
“It’s almost like a decade worth of prayer in three-and-a-half minutes,” Rhett later added.
“Ya Heard” was co-written by Rhett alongside his father Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem and Chase McGill.
Country Again: Side A is available everywhere tomorrow, Friday, April 30. Among the 11-tracks, the project includes his current single “What’s Your Country Song” as well as the already released tracks “Want It Again” and “Growing Up.”