Rhett Walker Band

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Rhett Walker Band
Rhett Walker Band live at Rock & Worship Roadshow.jpg
Rhett Walker Band live at Rock & Worship Roadshow 2013
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Christian rock, Southern rock[1]
Years active 2011 (2011)[1]–2016
Labels Essential[1]
Website rhettwalkerband.com
  • Rhett Walker Canipe[1][2]
  • Kenny Davis
  • Joe Kane
  • Kevin Whitsett

Rhett Walker Band is a Southern rock and Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee.[1] The band is composed of Rhett Walker on vocals,[2] Kenny Davis on drums, Joe Kane on guitar and Kevin Whitsett on Bass.[1] The band released their debut studio album under the Essential Records label on July 10, 2012 called Come to the River. The band's debut single and Grammy nominated song, "When Mercy Found Me",[3] has achieved placement on many radio stations including K-LOVE, and has charted on a multitude of Christian music charts.

Rhett Walker Band discontinued in 2016.[4]


Rhett Walker Band frontman Rhett Walker is a preacher's kid from the Aiken, SC area. The band formed in 2011 and consists of Rhett Walker and the additions of Kenny Davis, who plays drums, the guitarist Joe Kane, and bassist Kevin Whitsett.[5] In 2016, RWB announced on Facebook that they would be breaking up and that their final live show would be held on February 20, 2016.[4][6]

The band released their debut single "When Mercy Found Me" on April 23, 2012, and reached No. 5 on the Christian AC Indicator & AC Monitored chart September 2012. This song was written by Rhett Walker and Jeff Pardo.[7] "When Mercy Found Me" was nominated for a Grammy on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.[3]

The band's debut album Come to the River released on July 10, 2012 by Essential Records.[8] Walker said they wrote 50 songs while coming up with songs for the record.[7]

The band's second album, Here's to the Ones, was released on October 14, 2014 through Essential Records.[9][10]



Year Album Peak chart positions
2012 Come to the River[11] 9 154
2014 Here's to the Ones
  • Released: October 14, 2014
  • Label: Essential
  • Format: CD, Digital download


Year Title Chart peaks Album
US Christian Songs US Christian AC US Christian AC Indicator
2012 "When Mercy Found Me" 14[12] 16 5 Come to the River
2013 "Come to the River" 21[12] 24 14


GMA Dove Awards
Year Award Result
2013 New Artist of the Year Nominated
Year Award Result
2013 Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year Nominated
Year Award Result
2013 Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year Nominated
Year Award Result
2013 CCM Song of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e f Jesus Freak Hideout (2011). "Rhett Walker Band". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Banks, Alicia (March 28, 2012). "Shelby native brings Southern rock, gospel to Nashville". The Star. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Rhett Walker Band - Timeline - Facebook". Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Welcome To Provident Label Group". Providentpress.com. March 19, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rhett Walker Band - Timeline - Facebook". Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b WEQP. "Rhett Walker Interview". WEQP. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Van Pelt, Doug. "Rhett Walker Band releasing debut on PMG". HM. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rhett Walker Band, Here's To The Ones Review". jesusfreakhideout.com. October 12, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ Jeannie Law (February 20, 2015). "The Rhett Walker Band Explain Album Here's To The Ones & Perform Inspiring Single on BC NEWS". BREATHEcast. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c Jesus Freak Hideout (July 10, 2012). "Come To The River". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Billboard (June 9, 2012). "Christian Songs: June 9, 2012". Billboard. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 

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