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Trace Adkins



Biography

Trace Adkins is a multi-faceted entertainer—a musician, an author, a philanthropist and an actor. But first and foremost, he's a country singer. He has built a solid career full of chart-topping hits, national TV appearances, commercial endorsements, and highly successful tours. An esteemed member of Opry since 2003, he has clearly earned his place among the most identifiable and important country artists of his generation. Since exploding on the country music scene in 1996, Adkins' albums have achieved Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum status, with three making their entry at top spot on the Country Album Charts. His songs possess insightful lyrics and cover a wide range of interests—many from his own life experiences. It's no wonder that more than twenty-six of his singles have landed on Billboard's Top 40 Country Singles charts, with fourteen breaking into the Top 10. Some of his biggest hits include Every Light In The House Is On, (This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing, I Left Something Turned On At Home, Hot Mama, Arlington, Songs About Me, Ladies Love Country Boys, and You're Gonna Miss This. The latter became his 2008 monster hit, topping the charts for three consecutive weeks and garnering numerous ACM, CMA and GRAMMY nominations. Last year, Adkins became a household name after appearing on Donald Trump's hit reality series, The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC). He ultimately became one of the show's two finalists and has since raised more than $300,000 for his charity, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). His first book A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck (Random House) has remained a strong-seller since its release in November 2007 and revealed the singer's strong political and social views. In 2008, he also traveled to the Persian Gulf for his second USO tour, where he performed for troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. This year, he's set to perform more than 100 shows all across the country, including 35 summer dates with country superstar, Toby Keith. He has just released his tenth album for Capitol Records titled, TRACE ADKINS "X" (TEN) which has already spawned two Top 20 hits with the debut single, Muddy Water and Marry For Money, with the latter becoming the fastest-rising single of his career.
Trace Adkins