Thomas Rhett scored his first hit in 2012, introducing a sound that mixed the southern swagger of Country music with Pop hooks, R&B grooves, soulful strut and the anything-goes attitude of Rock. During the subsequent years, thanks to eight chart-topping singles, he is now a headliner of massive arenas. Life Changes, his third release with The Valory Music Co, is the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with songs that stretch his sound to new limits.
Kicking off the album is the already chart-topping "Craving You," and from there it carves a path as wild and wide as Rhett's own career. There are coming-of-age Country ballads, heartland Rock & Roll anthems, EDM-influenced Pop tracks and R&B slow jams all wrapped together by the songwriting skills and elastic vocals of a frontman who's willing to shine a light on his own milestones and mistakes. "I am and will always be a country artist," Rhett said. "It's who I am, it's in my blood. I will always try to push boundaries because that rebellious side has been in me since I was a kid. My voice and my journey that inspired these songs is the glue that makes this album cohesive. This is where I'm at musically and these are my stories."
Rhett found himself in the producer's chair for the new album alongside Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure, as well as new collaborators Julian Bunetta and Joe London. Having a hand in writing 10 of the album's 14 tracks, there's plenty of autobiography, but Rhett's stories are so compelling because they are our stories, too. And like any great storyteller, he weaves a wide narrative with the new collection, delivering the album from several different perspectives.