How laying hardwood floors paved the way for Thomas Rhett’s success

ABC/Image Group LA Before he became a chart-topping, million-selling, headlining father of two, Thomas Rhett was simply a music business kid whose parents made him work, even though his dad, Rhett Akins, had been successful as both a singer and a songwriter.  And TR admits he wasn’t too fond of those non-music gigs.

“The best non-music job I ever had was...” TR says, pondering the question, “there wasn't a best one. They all sucked pretty hard! I think the worst one that I had -- but also that taught me the most -- I laid hardwood floors for like three years. And I knew for a fact that when I grew up, I did not want to lay hardwood floors.”

As we prepare to celebrate Labor Day, Thomas believes that without his time as a working stiff, we wouldn’t have hits like “Craving You” or “Die a Happy Man.”

“It build a ton of character in me…” he reflects, “My parents made me work from the time I was 13 until I got out of college and started my own job. And [I’m] so very, very grateful for all those jobs that I hated, 'cause I think that got me here.”  

Thomas Rhett’s new album, Life Changes, comes out next Friday, and features his latest single, “Unforgettable.”

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