Rodney Atkins notches third straight number one
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Rodney Atkins notches third straight number one

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 – Rodney Atkins notched his third consecutive number one single this week because "These Are My People" took over the top of the Billboard song chart, which will be officially released Thursday.

Atkins previously had chart toppers with "If You're Going Through Hell" and "Watching You," inspired by his 5-year-old son Elijah.

Atkins took over the top from Kenny Chesney's "Never Wanted Nothing More," which had been first for four straight weeks.

"These are My People" was written by Dave Berg and Rivers Rutherford.

"The best songs are the ones that you see yourself inside of even if you didn't write it. I swear to ya'll, I grew up down by the railroad tracks shooting BB's at everything. It was us boys at the Shawanee railroad tracks and then going to Barnard's or Buford's. School was exactly what this song says. I still like a good game of church league softball... Brother Ralph Berry, the man who baptized me was the most tenacious softball player ever! He was in his sixties back then," Atkins said.

After compiling a 10-year career with Curb Records with modest success, Atkins received the encouragement of Curb chairman Mike Curb to be more hands on with his music.

"Mike Curb encouraged me to learn about songwriting, how to write songs, how to go in and produce those songs," Atkins said. "He allowed me to get in the studio and experiment and learn the process.

Atkins' platinum selling album helped earn him the ACM Award for "Best New Male Vocalist" in May after being signed to a record deal nearly 10 years prior.

Atkins joins the "Bonfires and Amplifiers" tour opening for Brad Paisley after wrapping up his summer on the road with Martina McBride.

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