Tennessean singer-songwriter Rodney Atkins burst onto the country scene in the late '90s, and has established himself as a major artist during that time. His songs about family, country living and America have met with substantial critical acclaim. Rodney Atkins tickets are a perfect way to experience the music of this charismatic country star.
Rodney Atkins' history
Rodney Atkins was born in 1969 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to a young mother who put him up for adoption as a baby. He spent some time in his childhood in and out of homes before a couple finally adopted him.
During his youth, he moved around frequently, but eventually his family settled down in Speedwell, Tennessee. There, he began to teach himself to play guitar. While he attended Tennessee Technical University, he began to befriend local songwriters, and eventually he branched out into writing his own songs. By the mid-'90s, he was determined to start a career in music, and he moved to Nashville to become a professional musician.
Rodney Atkins' career milestones
After plenty of gigs and networking around the area, he signed with Curb Records in 1996. In 1997, he released his first single, "In a Heartbeat," which rose to No. 74 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks list. The track was co-written by Brian Gowan, of country duo Blake & Brian, and garnered him plenty of critical attention. Eleven years later, the song featured on the soundtrack of the rom-com Camille.
Atkins was prepared to release his first album after the success of "In a Heartbeat," but found himself dissatisfied with the material and it was scrapped. After some consultation with his record company, he switched to work with legendary country music producer Ted Hewitt, and revamped his image away from a "cowboy" image toward a more clear-cut look that he felt was more authentic. His first album, Honesty, came out in 2003 and peaked at No. 50 on the Billboard Top Country Albums list.
Rodney Atkins toured with Brad Paisley in late 2007 and early 2008 as his opening act on the Bonfires & Amplifiers tour, further cementing his name recognition with audiences.
Rodney Atkins' biggest hits
Atkins has proven himself to be a major hit-maker over the years. His second album, If You're Going Through Hell, came out in 2006 and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The album saw several No. 1 hits on the U.S. Country Airplay list, including "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" and "Watching You" (both certified platinum), and "These Are My People" and "Cleaning My Gun (Come On In, Boy)" (both certified gold).
Other notable hits by Atkins include "It's America," "Honesty (Write Me a List)" and "Take a Back Road."
Rodney Atkins' noteworthy awards
Music critics have repeatedly acknowledged Atkins' musical talent over the years. He won the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist award in 2006, and has received five other nominations from the same organization. He also was nominated for the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 2008.