"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."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Rodney Atkins on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Rodney Atkins on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Rodney Atkins on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Rodney Atkins on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Rodney Atkins on Friedrich Nietzsche
"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 grew up playing music and enjoying good food, friends and family in my own backyard."
"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."
"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."