Thomas Rhett’s wife inspired “Die a Happy Man.” Actually, she kind of demanded it.
Lauren, Rhett’s high school sweetheart from Valdosta, Georgia, became his wife in 2006.
And then after they’d been married for a while, she challenged Rhett to write more sweet songs. Maybe his first hit “Something to Do with My Hands” was too sexy, and this last hit “Crash and Burn” was too sad.
When he played her his current No. 1 song “Die a Happy Man,” which he co-wrote with Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur, she knew that was the one.
“She’s only really said that two other times in my life, so I guess I don’t write that many great songs,” he joked. “But she loved it, and I think we all knew immediately, even when I played it for the label and management, we all knew we had something really special.”
So special, in fact, that hip hop artist Nelly was compelled to cover it. I haven’t paid much attention to Nelly since he and Tim McGraw got together for “Over and Over” in 2004, but his version of Rhett’s hit is pretty cool.