Rhett Walker received his start as front man for the Rhett Walker Band. Rhett Walker Band, was GRAMMY© nominated for their debut album When Mercy Found Me, has toured with the biggest Christian artists, and have released two full-length albums (Come to the River in 2012 and Here’s to the Ones in 2014).
Rhett Walker is not your typical Christian artist. The 25-year-old preacher’s son who was raised in the South has come full circle with his faith after a period of rebelling against it.
“We moved away from my hometown when I was 16, and I didn’t like that. I just went nuts, doing whatever I wanted to do in the moment,” he said. “I mixed with the rough crowd, got into fights and drugs. It wasn’t long before I was expelled from school—just always in trouble. So, they sent me to this Christian school, the only one that would take me, and I met this girl. It wasn’t long after that we found out she was pregnant. That was the stop in the path for me.”
Being faced with being a father at 17, Rhett knew it was time to make a choice – he could continue going down the destructive path he was on, or he could change. “It was like, Man, what am I doing?” he recalls. “My girlfriend’s having a baby, and I have no job. I finally sat down with April, who is now my wife, and said: We’ve done everything wrong that we possibly can. Let’s do everything right from here on out.”
Rhett and April went on to get married and he rededicated his life to Christ. From there, the Lord began opening doors for Rhett to lead worship and pursue music. “I always knew I wanted to do music, but I couldn’t sing as a kid; I was just terrible at it,” he said. “So I was a drummer at church growing up until one day they called me out front to sing ‘Grace Like Rain’ by Todd Agnew, and I never went back to the drums. The more I sang the more things started opening up.”
In 2011, Rhett Walker joined the Essential Records roster as a part of the Rhett Walker Band. Rhett’s first single with his new record label, Essential Records, was “When Mercy Found Me” off the album Come To The River. The record speaks of the singer’s personal journey and is refreshingly raw and honest. One theme that is apparent throughout the entire album is that of grace.
“There’s just nothing we can do without grace; we’re all dirty, messed up people, but Christ still loves us,” said Rhett. “So, there are two things we must do. One: rejoice, because now we have a purpose on this earth—to share that grace with others. Two: take up the calling. You can’t just take that love and not tell the story that goes with it.”
Rhett Walker Band, was GRAMMY© nominated for their debut album When Mercy Found Me, has toured with the biggest Christian artists, and have released two full-length albums (Come to the River in 2012 and Here’s to the One sin 2014). After announcing in 2016 that the band was breaking up, Rhett Walker continued as a solo artist with Essential Records, releasing his self-titled EP in 2018. Rhett’s current single, “Believer,” was released on May 24th, 2019 and is currently sitting on the Christian Radio charts at #31.
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