"Every song you're trying to find something that going to connect in different ways but for me the songs that I'm really drawn to are inspirational, songs that lift you and that everybody can relate to no matter where you're from."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."Rodney Atkins on Helen Keller
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."Rodney Atkins on Aristotle Onassis
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."Rodney Atkins on Robert Louis Stevenson
"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."Rodney Atkins on Bill Copeland
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."Rodney Atkins on Joseph Campbell
"I am so excited this year getting to play the 85th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Everyone knows on Thanksgiving morning to get up, turn on the TV and watch the parade, so to be an actual participant is going to be fun and I'm looking forward to it. I am gonna have to put on my deer hunting gear, though, to stay warm!"
"I could be on 52nd and Third in Manhattan up and ask a strange for directions and they will help you, that's a rural heart. Your car breaks down in the middle of Iowa or somewhere, or Tennessee where I'm from, people want to help each other. Given each opportunity, you see how people come together."
"I was a sickly baby, and after two sets of adoptive parents took me home, they returned me to the orphanage because of a serious respiratory infection. But as they say, the third time's a charm, because my mom and dad adopted me and took me into their home where I was raised in a family full of love."
"I grew up playing music and enjoying good food, friends and family in my own backyard."
"There's a book called 'The Shack' - it had a lot to do with me coming full circle, meeting my birth mother. Awhile back, my birth mom and my adopted mom came to my show together, and it was pretty surreal."