10 Questions With

Rodney Atkins 

How much have your friends and family played a part in your career so far?

They have had a huge impact. My dad was the choir director at our church and it was with friends that I started playing guitar in high school. Now my wife and father-in-law are both singer-songwriters. They influence and inspire me every day.


When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

By the time I entered college I was pretty certain I wanted to pursue being a songwriter.


Who are your musical inspirations?

Charlie Daniels, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson - just to name a few.


What song of yours best describes you and why?

I'd say "Watching You" is a pretty good, true reflection of me. It's about family, cussing and praying.


What has been your best achievement to date?

I think writing Country Aircheck's most played song of the decade with "Watching You" and being their second-most played artist of the decade overall - especially since I only released singles for half of that decade!


If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

Tough question... probably carpentry.


What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

Family time, hunting, fishing, grilling, carpentry.


Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

Absolutely. It is instant contact with fans and a great way to stay in touch.


Can you tell me about any new releases?

My current single "Caught Up In The Country" is the lead single of my new Caught Up In The Country album, which we're looking to have hit this spring.


If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

Thank you. The only reason I get to do what I do is because of them. They're the best!