Artist of the Week: Rodney Atkins 29 May 13

This week’s KKOK Artist of the Week is: Rodney Atkins

- Born March 28th, 1969 in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.

- Signed to Curb Records in 1996, he charted his first single o,n the Billboard country chart in 1997, but did not release his first album until 2003′s “Honesty,” which included the number 4 hit “Honesty (Write Me A List).”

- Atkins’ family moved frequently in his youth, eventually settling in Claiborne County, Tennessee. He attended high school at Powell Valley High in Speedwell, TN. During high school he played guitar in his spare time at events and festivals. He went to college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, where he made friends with songwriters and soon began writing himself. In the mid-1990s, he moved to Nashville to pursue a recording career. He signed with Curb Records the same day LeAnn Rimes did.

- Atkins has released 4 studio albums with 2006s “If You’re Going Through Hell” being certified Platinum in the U.S. and reaching #1 on the charts.

- Atkins has also released 18 singles with 6 of them reaching #1. 3 of his singles were certified Gold, and 1 Platinum in the U.S.

- Atkins has been nominated for numerous awards including Album of the Year for “If You’re Going Through Hell.” He was also up for Song of the Year for “Watching You.”

- Atkins did bring home the ACM’s 2006 Top New Male Vocalist.

 For Rodney Atkins music, click on the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqYUns2YQik&list=PL3738286E4F91911E