Nashville, Tenn. (February 28, 2020) – Lauren Akins, devoted mother, wife of country superstar Thomas Rhett, and volunteer with Love One International, will embark on a national nine-city tour to support the release of her memoir LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes (Ballantine Books – on sale May 5, 2020). The tour will launch in her hometown of NashvilleTN at the James K. Polk Theater on SaturdayMay 2.

In LIVE IN LOVE, Akins shares details about her childhood friendship with Thomas Rhett, explaining how they reconnected as young adults. She offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her best friend, who just happens to be a music star, and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husband’s fame. And in heart-wrenching detail, she opens up about her life-changing experiences doing mission work in Haiti, and then in Uganda, where she met the precious baby who would become their first daughter. From sharing the romance of their handwritten wedding vows to the challenges they faced as they adjusted to the reality of becoming first-time parents, LIVE IN LOVE takes an intimate look at one couple’s life—and opens a window into all of our journeys on the path to self-discovery.

LIVE IN LOVE is a deeply personal memoir that offers inspiring guidance for anyone looking to keep romance alive, balance children and marriage, express true faith, and live a life of purpose.

Each ticket for the LIVE IN LOVE tour includes a copy of Akins’ forthcoming memoir (a $28 value). Tickets and additional VIP packaging are on-sale now. Visit laurenakins.comfor more information.

Outback Presents serves as the official show promoter for the Nashville tour stop.

Ballantine Books is an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. For more information, please contact Allyson Lord at (212) 572-2894 / or Karen Fink at (212) 366-2547 /  

About the AuthorsLauren Akins is a devoted mother, wife and philanthropist who lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, country superstar Thomas Rhett and their three girls Willa Gray, Ada James and Lennon. Akins has been a passionate supporter and active volunteer for years and is enthusiastically continuing to support children in Uganda through her efforts with Love One International. Mark Dagostino is a multiple New York Times bestselling co-author who is dedicated to writing books that inspire and uplift.  

About Outback Presents

Outback Presents is an independent, full-service concert and comedy promoter based in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to producing hundreds of concerts and events each year, ranging from clubs to arenas across the country and Canada, Outback Presents also produces the Nashville Comedy Festival. Outback Presents President Mike Smardak was a 2011 inductee of the IEBA Hall of Fame. In November of 2016, Smardak was honored with a distinguished NATD Award alongside Nashville’s most recognized members of the entertainment industry. In March of 2018, Smardak was honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation with the Tony Martell Outstanding Entertainment Achievement Award. Promoter Andrew Farwell was voted IEBA Rookie of the Year in 2014. For more information on Outback Presents, visit

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