Thomas Rhett and Wife Lauren Akins Expecting Fourth Child

It’s another girl for Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins!

In the early hours of Mother’s Day, the “Country Again” singer and his wife Lauren announced they are expecting their fourth child–and fourth daughter–in November. The couple is already parents to three girls, including Willa Gray (5), Ada James (3 1/2) and Lennon Love (14 months).

The reigning ACM Male Artist of the Year first let fans in on the news as he was about to play “To The Guys That Date My Girls” onstage while headlining a concert at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth.

“Well… we are pregnant again!” Thomas Rhett later shared via Instagram. “Tonight when I was on stage in Fort Worth about to play “to the guys that date my girls” my wife talked to me in my (ear monitors) and said “you can tell them if you want” so anyways, now you know. We are pumped to be having our 4th girl🙌🙌🙌 feel free to buy all the merch you want, knowing that all the proceeds are going straight to all these weddings I’ll be paying for one day! Love you so much @laur_akins we always wanted a big thanksgiving table😭”

“To The Guys That Date My Girls” is from Rhett’s recently-released album Country Again: Side A, the first in a two-part project. The second part of the album will be released later this year.

Lauren also shared the happy news via an Instagram post, saying, “SURPRISE!! he just couldn’t wait any longer, so @thomasrhettakins told our newest little secret onstage at @billybobstexas in Ft. Worth (my mama’s hometown 🥰) just in time for Mother’s Day 💕: Akins family expanding in November 2021 with our FOURTH baby girl.”

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Premiere: Brooke Eden Shares Her Love Story in “Got No Choice” Video

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Sometimes love takes you by surprise, instantly drawing you to someone in the most irresistible way. And sometimes that love is so strong it is worth pursuing, no matter what anyone else says. That is Brooke Eden’s story with her partner of five years, Hilary Hoover. The two met through their work in the music industry, and their sweet love story is at the center of a trilogy of songs Eden has released over the past few months, including “No Shade” and “Sunroof.”

Her latest, “Got No Choice,” which Eden penned with Jesse Frasure and Cary Barlowe, serves as the set’s conclusion.

“I fell in love with someone when I least expected it and had to learn to follow my heart and not listen to what anyone else had to say,” Eden said via a press release. “I wrote this song about not being able to choose who you love, even if it doesn’t ‘fit on paper.’ This is an anthem for anyone who has had to stand up for their love or just wants to shout it from the rooftops!”

This set of songs also serves as a reintroduction to Eden, marking her first music since 2017’s “Act Like You Don’t.”

Eden told CMT about creating the video for “Got No Choice,” which was directed by Ford Fairchild.

What do you remember most about the day/night you shot this video?
I remember wondering if anyone other than us would ever see it! Haha we kinda went rogue on this video. Ford Fairchild (our director), Brian O’Neil (my manager), his girlfriend Jennie Leigh (who co-owns Leigh Taylor salon in Nashville), my girlfriend Hilary, and I went to Brian’s family’s lake house for a vacation last summer. About 24 hours before we left for Michigan, Ford called me and said “pack something cute, we might shoot a video!” I kinda laughed and was like, “oh ok, I better go find me a cute Amazon bathing suit that I can get Amazon primed to the lake house, ‘cause nothing I have is worthy to be in any kind of video!” We got to the lake house and hung out for a couple days, and then one morning Brian comes and wakes all of us up to tell us he found a drone operator to help us get “big shots” for the video. Our thoughts were to create what we’d want the video to look like, no boundaries, send it to the label, and just see what they thought about it. And if it came out horribly, no one ever had to see it! It was a really beautiful process to have no expectations, and just create something with my friends in such a gorgeous place.

How does the video bring your song to life?
We wanted to capture our love on film in a very organic way. Ford is our best friend, so it’s very easy to “just be” around him, because he’s a part of our everyday. This video was literally just Ford with one camera for the majority of the video, so Hil and I felt comfortable to be ourselves and enjoy a beautiful day on the water. I think that comfort allowed our love story to be told in its truest form.

What message do you hope your fans take away from the video?
I hope people see that love can look like a lot of things, and all of them are beautiful.

How did it feel to see the finished product for the first time?
We truly had no idea what to expect and we were so overwhelmed seeing the finished product. There were definitely some tears shed. We truly didn’t ever know if there would be a day where our love would be depicted in a music video in country music, so it was pretty emotional.

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New Singles From Established Favorites Highlight CMT’s Weekly Roundup Playlist

CMT’s Weekly Roundup Playlist this week highlights new sounds from tunesmiths familiar to being number one on both the Billboard charts, plus in the hearts and minds of country music fans worldwide.

Click here to take a listen to the following tunes.

Foremost, Miranda Lambert’s Marfa Tapes project has finally seen the light of day. The austere, West Texas recordings of the top female country vocalist alongside her frequent collaborators Jon Randall and Jack Ingram are long-awaited and have already been met with a considerable critical appeal. The festive acoustic romp “Two-Step Down To Texas” represents the collection on this week’s list.

As well, among traditionalists, Alan Jackson is a perpetually beloved icon. This week, he was announced — alongside Vince Gill and Mickey Guyton — as featured guests for the PBS-televised 2021 National Memorial Day Concert. His recently-released album Where Have You Gone is his admitted yearning for standards in the genre. His single “I Can Be That Something” is a honky-tonk-style heartbreaker in line with the album’s expectation.

Also, Travis Tritt returns with Set In Stone, his first since 2007’s The Storm. Producer Dave Cobb brings to the records the same qualities he’s brought to productions by Chris Stapleton, The Highwomen, and Sturgill Simpson. The title track is proof positive of this notion.

And finally, Kenny Chesney releases the deluxe version of Here And Now, featuring four new songs— ”Wind On,” “Fields of Glory,” “My Anthem” and playlist-featured “Streets” to join current hit “Knowing You” in the collection from the eight-time CMA Entertainer of the Year award winner.

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Reyna Roberts “Admires” Carrie Underwood: “[Her Voice] Kinda Punches You In The Chest”

CMT’s 2021 Next Women of Country class member Reyna Roberts is still riding high from the crossover success of her ESPN “Monday Night Football”-featured 2020 single “Stomping Grounds.” As 2021 continues to develop for the rising country vocalist, she’s taken time to reveal a bit more about her motivations and inspirations.

Regarding her well-regarded and significant vocal range, Roberts tells Country Now listening to gospel and gospel-inspired artists has been a motivation. “I did go to church, but I wouldn’t go every Sunday,” she notes. “I listened to gospel singers. I listened to amazing women like Carrie Underwood,” she continues. And I’m like, ‘How can I sound like that?’ I would just listen to their songs over and over again until I could hit those notes and belt it and sing like they could.”

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“I feel like when you’re listening to gospel music or you’re listening to country music…it comes with a certain feeling that just moves you,” Roberts offers. “I’ve always wanted to have that feeling in my voice that kinda punches you in the chest.”

Regarding gospel performances of Underwood’s that Roberts is likely listening to, Carrie Underwood’s recently released My Savior has placed the “Before He Cheats” vocalist’s religious chops back into the mainstream conversation. A successful Ryman Auditorium fundraiser and a medley performance at the ACM Awards with gospel icon CeCe Winans have already emerged from the release. As for its commercial performance? That’s nothing to sneeze at, either. Its out-of-the-gate success allowed Underwood to become the first artist with nine consecutive albums debut at number-one, plus a debut t No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

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