Thomas Rhett Says His Daughters “Already Know The Words” To The Songs On His New Album ‘Where We Started’

Hearing their country superstar dad singing around the house and on the road all the time, it only makes sense that Thomas Rhett’s daughters have started to pick up on the lyrics of his songs. On his upcoming album, Where…

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her master’s degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Music Mayhem, she has been published in American Songwriter, Country Now, and Holler.Country. When she’s not attending a concert or adding new country music to her playlist, O’Connell spends her time dancing in the studio and traveling with her family.

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Posted on March 24, 2022

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Thomas Rhett, Lauren Akins and Their Children; Photo Courtesy of Instagram/Katelyn Brown

Hearing their country superstar dad singing around the house and on the road all the time, it only makes sense that Thomas Rhett’s daughters have started to pick up on the lyrics of his songs. On his upcoming album, Where We Started, the girls have even chosen their favorite tracks, serving as their preparation for giving their dad critiques as they get older.

Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, have four daughters, Willa Gray, 6, Ada James, 4, Lennon Love, 2, and Lillie Carolina, 3 months.

In a recent interview about this new project dropping on April 1, the “Slow Down Summer” singer shared that the romantic track “Us Someday,” is Lauren’s favorite off the album. Apparently, she’s a “sucker” for the love songs, which she sees no shortage of with Thomas Rhett’s music. Since the beginning of his career, he has been writing and recording heartfelt songs about his relationship with his wife and family. When it comes to his daughters, they seem to be fans of “Church Boots” and “Bring the Bar to You.”

“My kids are just looking for a vibe,” he explained. “They request those multiple times on the way to school, and they already know the words to the record, which is always a plus, when your kids actually like your music. Because it would suck if they didn’t, you know? Sometimes we try to make up alternate words for [“Bring the Bar to You”] and I tell them, ‘Hey, you probably shouldn’t sing that at school.’”

Once the album is released, Rhett’s fans will be singing along to the unreleased songs too, on his Bring The Bar To You tour, which kicks off in June with special guests Parker McCollum and Conner Smith.

Several of the highly-anticipated tracks on his sixth studio album include collaborations with Riley Green on “Half Of Me,” Tyler Hubbard and Russell Dickerson on “Death Row,” and Katy Perry on the title track.  Fans and Thomas Rhett were surprised when they say Perry’s name under the list of collaborators. 

“I’ve always been such a huge fan of hers, from the time I was 14. Katy Perry was like, the jam and still is,” he shared. “She heard the song and was like, ‘How do I be a part of this?’ And I was like, ‘I can’t believe that you know who I am, first of all. Second of all, are you serious? Because the answer is yes.’”

Although they recorded the song separately, Thomas Rhett and Perry finally got to meet during the filming of their music video, and they had the chance to bond over having young ones in the house.

“I feel like when you’re a parent and you talk to another parent it ends up being the majority of the conversation that you have because that’s just what your life is consumed in,” he says. “So to be able to talk dad-ing and mom-ing with someone like Katy was kind of hilarious, but awesome at the same time.”

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her master’s degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Music Mayhem, she has been published in American Songwriter, Country Now, and Holler.Country. When she’s not attending a concert or adding new country music to her playlist, O’Connell spends her time dancing in the studio and traveling with her family.

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