Rhett was born in Valdosta, Georgia, to Paige Braswell and singer Rhett Akins, and grew up knowing other singers including Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn. After learning to play drums while attending junior high school, Rhett later would go onstage with his father and play. In high school, he was part of a band named The High Heeled Flip Flops. Besides music, he did not have a career choice in mind. After high school, Rhett went to college at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee to study communications, mainly because his friends were going to college and he didn\'t know what else to do. Rhett\'s interest in music grew throughout the years and as a result he failed to keep his promise to his mom- he dropped out of college when he was 20 to pursue a career in music. One night while he was playing at a club, an executive from Big Machine Label Group approached him and offered him a publishing deal to write songs. He accepted and began writing many songs for the company.\n', '
Rhett co-wrote the song "I Ain\'t Ready to Quit" on Jason Aldean\'s 2010 album My Kinda Party and signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records\' Valory Music Group division in 2011. The album\'s first 21 weeks were spent in the top 40 of the Billboard 200; it also has sold 1.7 million in its first years of release. \n', 'Rhett also co-wrote the 2013 singles "1994" by Jason Aldean, "Parking Lot Party" by Lee Brice, and "Round Here" by Florida Georgia Line. During the chart week of September 21, 2013, the Country Airplay chart included five songs within the top 10 that Rhett or his father had co-written, including "It Goes Like This".\n', '
In early 2012, he released his debut single, "Something to Do with My Hands", followed later that year by "Beer with Jesus". Both of these made top 30 on the Hot Country Songs charts. His third single, "It Goes Like This", topped the Country Airplay chart and also peaked at number 2 on the Hot Country Songs.\n', '