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Rodney Atkins Biography


Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins

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Rodney Atkins Basic Facts:

Name: Rodney Allan Atkins
Birthday: March 28, 1968
Birthplace: Knoxville, TN

Country Style: Contemporary Country

Rodney Atkins Quote:

(On playing the Opry) "It was unbelievable. Playing the Opry is like playing in church. It's such an honor and it's amazing to realize the history of that place. It's the coolest thing in the world."

Musical Influences:

Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, ZZ Top, Ray Charles

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Rodney Allan Atkins was born on March 28, 1968 in Knoxville, TN, and not long afterwards was put up for adoption. Atkins was a sickly infant, and two couples who had taken him home brought him back again. A third couple, Allan and Margaret Atkins adopted him, and even though he had medical problems, they would not give him up.

It wasn't until he was in high school that he received his first guitar, and he began to play in events and festivals in the area. After high school, he attended college at Tennessee Tech, where he continued to work at various jobs to help pay for his education. He also made trips to Nashville as often as he could to play at some of the local clubs and write songs.

Rodney's Nashville appearances caught the eye of Curb Records, who signed the charismatic newcomer. His first single, "In a Heartbeat," released in 1997 failed to make the Top 40, peaking at No. 74. He spent the next five years working on songs, and in 2002, he released his debut album Honesty

Top 5 Hit With "Honesty"

Although the first two singles released from Honesty were minor Top 40 hits, the third, "Honesty (Write Me a List)" shot up to No. 4 on the charts, giving Atkins his first taste of success. A fourth single failed to reach the Top 40.

It wasn't until 2006 that Atkins would again grace the charts. He released "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" as the first single from his sophomore album If You're Going Through Hell. The song became his first No. 1 hit, as well as the No. 1 song of the year, and Rodney was officially on his way.

In 2007, he released the second single, "Watching You," which he wrote about his young son Elijah. It too went straight to No. 1, and became the No. 1 song from 2007.

Atkins released a total of five singles from If You're Going Through Hell. The next two -- "These Are My People" and "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)" also reached No. 1, while the fifth, "Invisibly Shaken" peaked at No. 41. The album went on to sell over one million copies, earning Atkins his first Platinum album.

Rodney debuted his first single from his third album ("It's America") on the CMA Awards show in November 2008. The single was then released to radio, and is climbing the charts, sitting in the Top 5 and still moving. It's America was released on March 31, 2009.

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