Rhett found his way to a professional music career when Decca Records heard one of his demos. The label was impressed with the singer and quickly signed him in the mid 90s. He dropped his first album, A Thousand Memories, in 1995. The record was critically acclaimed and produced four chart singles including his first No. 1 hit (which he co-wrote), “That Ain’t My Truck,”. The following year he released Somebody New which produced another No. 1 hit, “Don’t Get Me Started.” After his solo artist career, Akins began writing songs for other artists. Akins has had 27 No. 1 singles (and counting).
Some of Akins hits include:
'All Over Me' by Josh Turner, 'Gimme That Girl' by Joe Nichols, 'Put a Girl In It' by Brooks & Dunn, 'Take A Backroad' by Rodney Atkins, 'I Don't Want This Night to End' and 'Huntin', Fishin', & Lovin' Everyday' by Luke Bryan, 'Point At You' by Justin Moore, 'Hey Girl' by Billy Currington, and 'Mind Reader' by Dustin Lynch. Akins has penned several Blake Shelton performed songs including 'All About Tonight,' 'Boys ‘Round Here,' and “Honey Bee.' Akins Jason Aldean cuts include a three week No. 1 in 'When She Says Baby,' 'Just Gettin’ Started' and 'Tonight Looks Good on You.' Akins' son, Thomas Rhett has also cut his father's songs including 'Get Me Some of That', 'It Goes Like This' and 'Star of the Show', which the father son duo wrote together.
Akins has been the recipient of many renowned awards and titles including the 2010 No. 4 Billboard Country Songwriter, 2011 & 2014 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year. His song “Honey Bee” became the highest selling digital debut by a country male solo artist. His biggest accomplishment, though, may be winning the CMA Triple Play award a total of six times. The award is presented to a songwriter who penned three No. 1 singles in 12 months and Akins received the award in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.