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Trace Adkins

At sea aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Nov. 27, 2002
Background information
Birth name Tracy Darrell Adkins
Born January 13, 1962 (1962-01-13) (age 48)
Origin Springhill, Louisiana, USA
Genres Country
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996-present
Labels Capitol Nashville, Show Dog-Universal Music
Associated acts Randy Houser
Jamey Johnson
38 Special
Ronnie Milsap

Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins (born January 13, 1962) is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1996 with the album Dreamin' Out Loud, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Since then, Adkins has released seven more studio albums and two Greatest Hits compilations. In addition, he has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard country music charts, including the Number One hits "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing", "Ladies Love Country Boys", "You're Gonna Miss This", and "Hillbilly Bone", a duet with Blake Shelton, which peaked in 1997, 2007, 2008, and 2010 respectively. "I Left Something Turned on at Home" went to #1 on Canada's country chart. All but one of his studio albums have received gold or platinum certification in the United States; his highest-selling to date is 2005's Songs About Me, which has been certified 2× Multi-Platinum for shipping two million copies.

He has also made several appearances on television, including as a panelist on the game shows Hollywood Squares and Pyramid, as a finalist on The Celebrity Apprentice, and in television commercial voice-overs for the KFC restaurant chain. In addition, Adkins has written an autobiography entitled A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck, which was released in late 2007.


Early life

Adkins was born and raised in Sarepta, Louisiana. the son of Peggy and Aaron Adkins, a mill worker.[2][3] His musical interest came at an early age, when his father taught him to play the guitar.[1] In high school, he joined a gospel music group called the New Commitments. He was also a member of Future Farmers of America (FFA). Later, Adkins went on to study at Louisiana Tech University, where he also played football; after graduation, he took up work at an oil rig. He lost the pinky finger on his left hand in an accident while using a knife to open a bucket, and asked doctors to reattach the finger at an angle so that he could continue to play guitar.[1] Adkins then moved on to playing in honky tonk bars around Nashville, Tennessee, in the early 1990s. An executive of Capitol Records spotted Adkins playing at a honky tonk, and soon signed him to the label. His brother, who Trace describes as his first fan, was killed in a truck accident at the age of 21. Adkins is married to Rhonda Forlaw, together they have three daughters, he also has two daughters from his previous marriage.

Early Career

Adkins's first single, "There's a Girl in Texas", was released in 1996, reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It was followed by the release of his debut album, Dreamin' Out Loud, later that year. The album produced several hit singles, including his first Top 5 single, "Every Light in the House", his first Number One in "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing", and another Top 5 hit in "I Left Something Turned on at Home". The latter single was also a Number One hit in Canada. His second album, Big Time, produced a Top 5 in "The Rest of Mine", but subsequent singles proved less successful.[1] A change in management delayed the release of Adkins's third album,[4] but the album (titled More...) was eventually released in late 1999. Although the album's title track reached Top 10, More... failed to achieve gold status.


On July 5, 2001, Adkins was charged with driving under the influence in Nolensville, Tennessee.[5] The singer pled guilty and was sentenced to 11 months in jail; however, the sentence was suspended after 48 hours.[1] In addition, he had to pay $350 in fines, and his driver's license was suspended for one year.[6] Shortly afterward, he was injured in a tractor accident and had to temporarily cancel touring.[7] He later entered a 28-day alcohol rehabilitation program in Nashville[8], shortly after the release of his Chrome album. Chrome was the first album of Adkins's to reach the Top 5 on the country albums charts; its title track reached Top 10 in late 2002.[1]

In 2003, Adkins released two albums: a Greatest Hits collection and Comin' on Strong.[1] The same year, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.[9] He also made appearances as the center square on the game show Hollywood Squares,[10] and did voice-overs in commercials for fast-food chain KFC.[11] Only one single, "Then They Do", was released from the Greatest Hits compilation. Comin' on Strong, which succeeded the Greatest Hits album, produced two singles: the Top 5 single "Hot Mama", and "Rough & Ready", which peaked at #13.

Adkins and Travis Tritt played the roles of prison convicts in a February 2004 episode of the television series Yes, Dear (Greg & Jimmy's Criminals).


In 2005, Adkins released his Songs About Me album.[1] The album's second single, "Arlington", generated controversy over its content (a first-person account of a fictional soldier who was about to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery).[12] It was followed by "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk", which became a highly successful crossover hit, bringing Adkins into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.

2006 saw the release of Adkins's seventh studio album, Dangerous Man. "Swing", the album's lead-off single, peaked at #20, while the follow-up "Ladies Love Country Boys" became Adkins's first Number One single on the country charts since "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing" in 1997. The album's final release, "I Wanna Feel Something", proved unsuccessful on the charts; as a result, Adkins announced that he would stop supporting the single.

In August 2007, Adkins released a single entitled "I Got My Game On".[13] Originally, the song was planned to be the lead-off to a new album, tentatively titled Game On; however, Adkins decided not to release a full album, and instead released his second Greatest Hits compilation, American Man: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, for which "I Got My Game On" served as the lead-off single.[14] The album has also produced Adkins' fastest-climbing single to date in its second single, "You're Gonna Miss This".[15]

"You're Gonna Miss This" has also become his third Number One hit on the Hot Country Songs, as well as the most successful single to date on the Billboard Hot 100 (#12), Billboard Pop 100 (#19), and Hot Digital Songs charts (#8).

He also released his first book, entitled A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck.[16]


Adkins was previously a January-March 2008 contestant on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice.[14] Each celebrity contestant on the show was playing for money for his or her own selected charity. Adkins was playing for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, which provides education, advocacy and research support to families dealing with the daily nightmare of serious and/or life-threatening food allergies. The musician chose the charity because his 6-year-old daughter, Brianna, suffers from life-threatening reactions to peanuts, milk and eggs. Adkins made it to the finale as one of the two finalists. Donald Trump ultimately "hired" Adkins' rival, tabloid editor Piers Morgan, who had selected his own charity.

Adkins' efforts for FAAN didn't go unnoticed: A couple of weeks after the show ended, a poker player and fan of Celebrity Apprentice donated $1,000 from a media tournament to FAAN.[17]

Adkins appeared on the May 2nd, 2008 episode of CBS's The Young and the Restless playing himself and singing an acoustic version of "You're Gonna Miss This" to the characters of Nicholas and Phyllis.

In 2008, Trace Adkins released the single "Muddy Water," the lead single from X, which was released on November 25. The video for "Muddy Water" also has an appearance by fellow Celebrity Apprentice competitor Stephen Baldwin as a man being baptised in a muddy river, and later approaching Trace as a friend. X also includes the single "Marry for Money" which peaked at #13 in 2009, and the current single "All I Ask for Anymore."

Adkins made his acting debut in the 2008 film An American Carol.

In November 2008, Trace Adkins made an appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Trace rode with his family on the "Jimmy Dean" float and performed his popular song "You're Gonna Miss This." In 2009, Adkins appeared in local Kansas City commercials to advertise season tickets and the 50th season of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs.

Adkins recorded a duet with Ronnie Milsap called "My First Ride" to benefit fire-fighters and police officers in the US and Canada. Then, after the songs release the label flexed its muscles and said 'no' to radio stations playing it with no explanation given. Milsap led a protest at Capitol Records to "Free Trace" and allow the song to be played.

In November 2009, Adkins embarked on the Shine All Night Tour, a co-headling venture with fellow country artist Martina McBride. Also in 2009, Adkins joined fellow country artist Blake Shelton in recording a duet titled "Hillbilly Bone," which was released as the lead-off single from Shelton's upcoming sixth album.

On October 18, 2009, Trace made an appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to help Ty Pennington and his design team build a new home for the Marshall family.

In January 2010, Adkins parted ways with his long-time record label, Capitol Nashville, and subsequently signed with Show Dog-Universal Music.[18][19] Two men in small pickup truck lose their lives after crashing into one of Trace Adkins's tour buses. The truck was believed to have crossed the "no passing" line in the center of the road which resulted in the crash. Several members of Adkins's band were aboard the bus, but did not suffer any major injuries. Adkins himself was not on board the bus at the time.[20]


As a youth, an automobile accident where Trace slammed his head on a bus and left both his arms, a leg, and some ribs broken as well as his nose partially torn off. Trace Adkins has also experienced a number of serious injuries as an adult. He had the pinky finger on his left hand partially severed and surgically re-attached. He was involved in a number of bar room incidents, and was also shot in the heart and lungs by his second wife.[21] Adkins denies abusing her but comments that the relationship was marked by excessive alcohol use.[22]



  • 1996 ACM Top New Male Vocalist
  • 2008 CMT Male Video of the Year "I Got My Game On"
  • 2008 51st Grammy Awards
        -nominee - Best Male Country Vocal Performance "You're Gonna Miss This"
        -nominee - Best Country Song "You're Gonna Miss This" (Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller)
        -nominee - Best Male Country Vocal Performance "All I Ask For Anymore"
        -nominee - Best Country Song "All I Ask For Anymore" (Casey Beathard & Tim James)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Huey, Steve. "Trace Adkins Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  2. ^ A Dream Come True for Trace Adkin
  3. ^ Trace Adkins: A Personal Stand
  4. ^ : Trace Adkins : Trace Adkins Nixed Song That's Now His Album's Lead Single
  5. ^ : Trace Adkins : Adkins Case Continues
  6. ^ : Trace Adkins : Trace Adkins Sentenced for DUI Charge
  7. ^ CMT:com : Trace Adkins : Adkins to Resume Touring
  8. ^ : Trace Adkins : Trace Adkins Completes Rehab Program
  9. ^ : Trace Adkins : Trace Adkins to Become Newest Opry Member
  10. ^ : Hot Talk : Adkins Goes Hollywood, Bellamys Sue
  11. ^ : Trace Adkins : Adkins Will Voice KFC's New Ads
  12. ^ USA WEEKEND Magazine
  13. ^ Benson, John. "Adkins Impatient To Unveil New Single, Album". Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  14. ^ a b "Trace and Trump". Country on Demand. 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  15. ^ "Trace Adkins brings "The Boardroom" to Nashville". That's Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  16. ^ "First Book by Country Star Trace Adkins Hits Bookshelves Nationwide". Hot 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
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  20. ^ "". TMZ. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
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  22. ^ Yahoo music article

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