Rodney Atkins At Grand Ole Opry
The childhood of Rodney Atkins, born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1969, may have been a tumultuous one, but his career has certainly taken off to make him a favorite artist in the country music industry. His biological mother put him up for adoption after his birth, and he went through a few families and health issues before the Atkins family brought him home. The family moved often, but settled in Claiborne County, Tennessee eventually, where Rodney played guitar at community events and festivals. While at college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, he became friends with songwriters that encouraged him to try his own hand at writing lyrics. In the middle of the 1990s, he moved to Nashville and was signed with Curb Records. Since then, his music has been reaching to country music fans with his honesty and personality.
His big break came in 2006 with the single “If You’re Going through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).” It was with this song that Atkins began singing songs that were representative of his own life. The single reached No. 1 and spent a month at the top of the Hot Country Songs charts. “Watching You” was his next Number One hit, inspired by his young son, Elijah. “These Are My People,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” “It’s America” and “Take a Back Road” were some of his next popular songs, all reaching No. 1.
In 2006, Rodney Atkins won the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist award. He was also nominated for Song of the Year for “If You’re Going through Hell.” The next year, he was nominated for four more awards, Top Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year for “Watching You” and Video of the Year for the same song. He was also nominated for the Horizon Award by the Country Music Association. CMA nominated him the following year for New Artist of the Year as well.
With four studio albums, Atkins has released six No. 1 singles, all of which capture the essence of country music. Some of his other most popular singles have included “He’s Mine,” originally recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus, “Farmer’s Daughter,” “Chasin’ Girls” and, his first single, “Honesty (Write Me a List).”