Singer Rodney Atkins releases new single, first-ever greatest hits collection
With six No. 1 country hits and four studio albums to his credit, award-winning singer-songwriter Rodney Atkins has plenty of songs in his catalog to compile a greatest hits compilation. The Curb Records release includes 11 of the artist’s most popular songs as well as his new single, ‘Eat Sleep Love You Repeat,’ which is currently No. 49 on the Mediabase Country airplay chart. “Life can get complicated, but love can actually be quite simple” proclaims Atkins in his “ear-catching sing-a-long with more than a hint of Atkins' characteristic country twang.” The song tells the story of a “rebel not looking too far down the street” who’s never been one to follow a to-do list other than the steps in ‘Eat. Sleep. Love You. Repeat.’
The new single written by Walker Hayes and Ryan Bizarri serves as Atkins’ first new music in more than a year, according to an artist bio posted on RodneyAtkins.com. The 45-year-old Tennessee native is also working on new music for an upcoming new album on his longtime label Curb Records. The track listing for Rodney Atkins - Greatest Hits features all six of the singer’s No. 1 hits including ‘If You’re Going Thru Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows),’ ‘Watching You,’ ‘These Are My People,’ ‘Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),’ ‘It’s America,’ and ‘Take A Back Road.’
The best-of set—which was produced by Ted Hewitt—also contains Atkins 2003 breakthrough hit ‘Honesty (Write Me A List),’ which peaked at No. 4 on the country charts. The 2010 Top 5 hit ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ is included along with ‘Invisibly Shaken,’ ‘He’s Mine,’ and ‘About The South.’ The last album recorded by the artist Roughstock dubbed “one of the most-likeable country music voices of the modern era” is 2011’s Take A Back Road, which yielded the No. 1 title track hit—a song Atkins says “celebrates that feeling of getting away from the noise of everyday life, really living in the moment, and getting right with your soul.”
As Atkins continues to evolve while remaining true to himself, he constantly looks for new and different ways to express himself in his music and in his life. “What does it mean to follow your own path? I try to think about that a lot when I'm making an album,” explains the ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist of 2006. “To me, it's going somewhere you've never been, because when you do that, you wind up seeing things that no one has seen before, which means you can paint the picture differently,” he says about his approach to Take A Back Road. He used his fourth full-length project to “convey and express some emotions and feelings in an authentic yet different way.”
Atkins wrapped up his third USO tour in November and is now preparing to tour U.S. venues and festivals throughout the spring and summer. Upcoming shows include Fo Sho in Emporia, Va. (Apr. 1), The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver (Apr. 23), Shaky Boots Festival in Atlanta (May 17), Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Jun. 5), and at least a dozen other stops leading up to the Eastbound Hoedown in Avondale, Newfoundland, Canada (Aug. 22).
Watch Rodney Atkins at the Grand Ole Opry performing his hit single ‘Eat Sleep Love You Repeat,’ a new track included on the Tennessee singer’s first-ever greatest hits album.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Rodney Atkins was born March 28, 1969, in Knoxville, Tennessee. His 19-year-old unwed mother chose to put him up for adoption, and he was raised by Allan and Margaret Atkins (eventually meeting his biological mother in 2008). The Atkins family moved frequently before settling in Claiborne County, East Tennessee.
* Atkins learned to play guitar in high school, performing at various events and festivals. He later attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn., where he met other songwriters and musicians. In the mid-1990s, Atkins moved to Nashville and signed with Curb Records. Debut single, ‘In A Heartbeat,’ cracked the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart at No. 74.
* Atkins began to work with producer Ted Hewitt, and the two co-wrote the single ‘Don't Think I Won't’ along with Max T. Barnes. The track appears on the 1998 Mark Wills album Wish You Were Here. Atkins was relatively inactive until 2002 when he released the single ‘Sing Along,’ which reached the Top 40 of the country charts along with ‘My Old Man.’
* Breakthrough release, ‘Honesty (Write Me a List),’ climbed all the way to No. 4 on the Billboard country chart, and became the title track to Atkins’ 2003 full-length debut album. He returned in 2006 with his first No. 1 hit, ‘If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows),’ which is the first single off second album If You're Going Through Hell. The album also spawned three more No. 1 singles.
* Atkins received the 2006 Academy of Country Music award for Top New Male Vocalist, and ‘If You're Going Through Hell’ was nominated Song of the Year. He then toured in 2007-2008 as the opening act on Brad Paisley's Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour. Atkins followed up with his fifth No. 1 single, ‘It's America,’ the title track from his third album released in 2009. He has since sold more than four million singles.
* The singer makes regular visits to the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, Tenn., where he was adopted as a baby. On March 31, Atkins and his wife, Rose, are hosting “Rod & Rosey's 2nd Annual Livin' Room Live Show.” The live streaming video event benefits the children at Holston Home.