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30 Rodney Atkins Facts, In Celebration Of His Sixth #1 [Photo Gallery]

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Rodney Allan Atkins was born March 28, 1969, in East Tennessee. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for ACM)
Rodney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was put up for adoption not long after his birth.
Rodney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was put up for adoption not long after his birth.
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When Rodney was an infant at the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, Tennessee, two couples had taken him home and returned him a few days later because he was so sick.
When Rodney was an infant at the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, Tennessee, two couples had taken him home and returned him a few days later because he was so sick.
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Third times a charm as they say! Margaret and Allan Atkins from Cumberland Gap, Tennessee was the third couple to take in baby Rodney. They adopted him and, even though his ailments worsened, refused to give him up.
Third times a charm as they say! Margaret and Allan Atkins from Cumberland Gap, Tennessee was the third couple to take in baby Rodney. They adopted him and, even though his ailments worsened, refused to give him up.
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Rodney didn't get his first guitar until one Christmas while he was in high school.
Rodney didn't get his first guitar until one Christmas while he was in high school.
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He attended high school at Powell Valley High in Speedwell, Tennessee.
He attended high school at Powell Valley High in Speedwell, Tennessee.
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While Rodney was in high school, he played guitar in his spare time at events and festivals
While Rodney was in high school, he played guitar in his spare time at events and festivals
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Rodney attended college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Rodney attended college at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee.
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During his off time from college he would go into Nashville to play gigs and write songs.
During his off time from college he would go into Nashville to play gigs and write songs.
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Atkins would go into Nashville as often as he could, and was starting to make himself known as a performer in the area, by the time he graduated college.
Atkins would go into Nashville as often as he could, and was starting to make himself known as a performer in the area, by the time he graduated college.
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Rodney Atkins was signed to Curb Records in 1997.
Rodney Atkins was signed to Curb Records in 1997.
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The first song Rodney charted with was the single "In a Heartbeat", which only peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
The first song Rodney charted with was the single "In a Heartbeat", which only peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
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Rodney had planned to release a self-titled debut album September of 1997, however he wasn't very happy with the album's contents and asked Mike Curb, the label's president, for more time.
Rodney had planned to release a self-titled debut album September of 1997, however he wasn't very happy with the album's contents and asked Mike Curb, the label's president, for more time.
Singer/Songwriters Luke Bryan and Rodney Atkins backstage during the 5th annual Stars For Second Harvest concert at the Ryman Auditorium on September 29, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Rodney continued working on the album for two more years, but it was never released.
Rodney continued working on the album for two more years, but it was never released.
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In 2002, Rodney Atkins released, "Sing Along". and its followup, "My Old Man", both peaked in the lower regions of the Top 40 on the country chart.
In 2002, Rodney Atkins released, "Sing Along". and its followup, "My Old Man", both peaked in the lower regions of the Top 40 on the country chart.
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For the first time in late 2003-early 2004 he entered the top 10 with his song "Honesty (Write Me a List)".
For the first time in late 2003-early 2004 he entered the top 10 with his song "Honesty (Write Me a List)".
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"Honesty (Write Me a List)", peaked at number 4, and was the title track on his album Honesty, which was released by the end of 2003.
"Honesty (Write Me a List)", peaked at number 4, and was the title track on his album Honesty, which was released by the end of 2003.
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Rodney was absent from the country music charts for most of 2004 and 2005, then he returned in 2006 with the smash "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)".
Rodney was absent from the country music charts for most of 2004 and 2005, then he returned in 2006 with the smash "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)".
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"If You're Going Thru Hell", from his second album by the same title went on to be Rodney's first #1 hit.
"If You're Going Thru Hell", from his second album by the same title went on to be Rodney's first #1 hit.
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"If You're Going Thru Hell" was such a huge smash for Rodney Atkins;  the song also ended up being the top country song of 2006, according to Billboard magazine!
"If You're Going Thru Hell" was such a huge smash for Rodney Atkins; the song also ended up being the top country song of 2006, according to Billboard magazine!
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Rodney's followup song in 2007, "Watching You", earned him a second #1 hit and it too was declared the top country song of the year.
Rodney's followup song in 2007, "Watching You", earned him a second #1 hit and it too was declared the top country song of the year.
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His second album "If You're Going Thru Hell" achieved RIAA platinum certification in the US, and he garnered two more #1 hits from it with: "These Are My People" and "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)".
His second album "If You're Going Thru Hell" achieved RIAA platinum certification in the US, and he garnered two more #1 hits from it with: "These Are My People" and "Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)".
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Rodney Atkins has his own sponsored NASCAR truck. The #13 Fun Sand-Rodney Atkins-Curb Records Chevrolet is driven by Johnny Sauter.
Rodney Atkins has his own sponsored NASCAR truck. The #13 Fun Sand-Rodney Atkins-Curb Records Chevrolet is driven by Johnny Sauter.
Johnny Sauter, driver of the #13 Fun Sand/Rodney Atkins/Curb Records Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Rodney Atkins' continued to be on a roll and released his thirteenth single, "It's America", in November 2008. It was the first single from his third album, It's America. The song became his fifth #1 hit.
Rodney Atkins' continued to be on a roll and released his thirteenth single, "It's America", in November 2008. It was the first single from his third album, It's America. The song became his fifth #1 hit.
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Rodney proved what a great guy he is in 2006. Madeleine Rose Trudel (August 26, 1999-November 26, 2006), a young girl from St. Clair, Michigan, was dying of cancer when on October 25, 2006 Atkins gave Maddie a private concert in her hospital room. He sang "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)", his signature song as well as Maddie's favorite song.
Rodney proved what a great guy he is in 2006. Madeleine Rose Trudel (August 26, 1999-November 26, 2006), a young girl from St. Clair, Michigan, was dying of cancer when on October 25, 2006 Atkins gave Maddie a private concert in her hospital room. He sang "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)", his signature song as well as Maddie's favorite song.
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In 2010, Rodney released "Get Together", a Mac & Cheese song if you will. it was a promotional single for Kraft Velveeta Shells and Cheese, which sponsored his "Get Together" tour.
In 2010, Rodney released "Get Together", a Mac & Cheese song if you will. it was a promotional single for Kraft Velveeta Shells and Cheese, which sponsored his "Get Together" tour.
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Rodney's wife Tammy Jo  was is in his video "Farmer's Daughter", and his son Elijah appears in the video for "Watching You". He also has two stepdaughters, Lindsey and Morgan.
Rodney's wife Tammy Jo was is in his video "Farmer's Daughter", and his son Elijah appears in the video for "Watching You". He also has two stepdaughters, Lindsey and Morgan.
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Rodney took the stage and performed during The 43rd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, May 18, 2008.
Rodney took the stage and performed during The 43rd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, May 18, 2008.
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"Take a Back Road", which is titled track of Rodney's 4th album, was released in April 2011.
"Take a Back Road", which is titled track of Rodney's 4th album, was released in April 2011.
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"Take A Back Road" remained one of my favorite songs of the summer. It found it's way to #1 making it Rodney's sixth #1 hit.
"Take A Back Road" remained one of my favorite songs of the summer. It found it's way to #1 making it Rodney's sixth #1 hit.
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Rodney Atkins may have been compared to Tim McGraw, some folks say they sound alike, but he's proven over the years he is his own man and can produce quality albums and #1 hits!
Rodney Atkins may have been compared to Tim McGraw, some folks say they sound alike, but he's proven over the years he is his own man and can produce quality albums and #1 hits!
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