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Rodney Atkins

Though country singer Rodney Atkins didn't get his first guitar until one Christmas in high school, he took to the instrument instantly and was soon playing anywhere he could around his Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, home. While at college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Atkins used the opportunity to go into Nashville as often as he could, and by the time he graduated, he was starting to make himself known as a performer in the area. In 1997, he signed to Curb Records and was set to release his debut shortly after, but when he didn't like the finished results and label head Mike Curb gave him the go-ahead to record new songs, Atkins spent the next two years working with various producers, engineers, and musicians for an album that would ultimately never see the light of day. He resurfaced, however, in 2003 with his true debut, Honesty, and three years later, If You're Going Through Hell, recorded in his home studio, came out. It's America arrived in 2009. Take a Back Road, Atkins' fourth studio album, appeared in 2011, led by the title track, one of that summer’s most memorable singles (complete with a George Strait name check) and it became Atkins' fastest-rising single to date.

Rodney Allan Atkins (born March 28, 1969) is an American country music artist. Signed to Curb Records in 1996, he charted his first single on the Billboard country chart in 1997, but did not release an album until 2003's Honesty, which included the number 4 hit "Honesty (Write Me a List)".

If You're Going Through Hell, his second album, was released in 2006. Its first two singles, "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" and "Watching You", each spent four weeks at the top of the country music chart, and were respectively ranked as the top country songs of 2006 and 2007 according to Billboard Year-End. The album, which has since been certified platinum in the United States, produced two more number 1 singles in "These Are My People" and "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)". It's America (2009) included the number 1 single "It's America" and the top 5 hit "Farmer's Daughter", which was added to a later reissue of the album. Take a Back Road (2011) produced his sixth number 1 in its title track.

Atkins has received six nominations from the Academy of Country Music and two from the Country Music Association, winning Top New Male Vocalist from the former in 2006.

Rodney Atkins performs between ten and fifteen concerts for charity a year. On December of 2007, he performed a concert for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. It was organized by Paul Trudel, whose daughter, Maddie, died of bone cancer at age 7. The concert honored her and she has made a big impression on Rodney Atkins.
In 2006, Rodney Atkins won "Top New Male Vocalist" at the Academy of Country Music awards.
On October 25, 2006, Rodney Atkins performed at the hospital bedside of a seven year old little girl named Madeleine Rose Trudel who was suffering from bone cancer. She later died on November 26, 2006. He performed her favorite song "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)."
In November of 2007, Rodney Atkins performed during the National Adoption Month ceremony at the White Bush. President Bush was in attendance during the event. Atkins got a VIP tour of the White House and even got to bowl in the President's bowling alley.
One of Rodney Atkins' hobbies is playing baseball.
Rodney Atkins debut album was called Honesty, which was released in 2003.
Rodney Atkins' first number one single was "If You're Going Through Hell."
Rodney Atkins co-produced and co-wrote six songs on his 2006 album If You're Going Through Hell.
Rodney Atkins recorded his latest album If You're Going Through Hell in his studio at his house.
Rodney Atkins album If You're Going Through Hell sold more than 55,000 copies with in the first week that it was released.
Rodney Atkins discography includes: Honesty released in 2003 If You're Going Through Hell released in 2006.
Rodney Atkins co-wrote 8 out of the 12 songs on his album called Honesty.
If Rodney Atkins acted in a movie, he would like to co-star with John Travolta, Nicholas Cage, or Robert Deniro.
Rodney Atkins is addicted to his chap stick.
Rodney Atkins would like to do a duet with Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton.
Rodney Atkins can play the guitar.
The first song that Rodney Atkins performed live was "Away in a Manger."
Rodney Atkins has worked as a carpenter, a delivery truck driver, and a repo-man.
Rodney Atkins' wife's name is Tammy Jo.
Rodney Atkins is 6'4" tall.
Rodney Atkins started recording his first album in 1997, but never released it because he didn't like the finished product.
Rodney Atkins got his first guitar as a Christmas present, while he was in high school.
Rodney Atkins met his future wife while he was driving a delivery truck.
Rodney Atkins has a son named Elijah.
Rodney Atkins' debut album was called Honesty, which was released in 2003. He had previously recorded an album called Rodney Atkins in 1997, but it was never released.
Rodney Atkins' first number one single was "If You're Going Through Hell."
Rodney Atkins has a record contract with Curb Records.
Rodney Atkins worked at the Woodland Residential Center, in Tennessee, as a clinical counselor.
Rodney Atkins majored in psychology at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Rodney Atkins was adopted as an infant and is a spokesperson for the National Adoption Council.



Cleaning This Gun
These Are My People
15 Minutes
Farmers Daughter
He's Mine
If You're Going Through Hell
It's America
Just Wanna Rock N Roll
Take A Back Road
Watching You

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