Trace Adkins (12/2008)

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• January 2, 2009

Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Current Album: Trace Adkins “X” (TEN)
Current Single: “Muddy Water”
Current Producer: Frank Rogers
Hometown: Sarepta, Louisiana
Management: Vector
Booking: CAA
Recent Hits: “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys”
Interesting Fact: Trace was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame November 2008.
Outside Interests: Landscaping, gardening, camping, hunting, politics, civil war buff and moviegoer
Musical Influences: “Granddaddy was a great bass singer.  I used to love to stand beside him in church and listen to him sing. Uncle JW has recorded several gospel albums and was a train engineer, so his nickname became the ‘Singing Engineer.’ Uncle John played Boogie Woogie Piano at all of our family gatherings and Mama and all my aunts sang in the choir.  As you can see, I grew up with music.”
Birthdate: January 13, 1962; Springhill, LA
Recent Awards: 2008 CMA – Nominated for Single of the Year and Music Video for “You’re Gonna Miss This”; 2008 CMT “Male Video of The Year” Winner – “I Got My Game On”; 2007 People’s Choice Award Nominee –Favorite Male Singer (All genres); 2006 CMT Flameworthy Awards – Nominated for Video of Year, Male Video; Hottest Video of the Year for “Honky Tonk Badonkdonk”; 2004 CMT Flameworthy Awards – Nominated for Male Video of Year for “Hot Mama”; 2003 Inducted as Member of Grand Ole Opry – Received Opry Member Award.
RIAA Certs to date: Chrome-Gold Certification; Greatest Hits-Gold Certification; Comin’ On Strong-Platinum Certification; DVD Video Hits- Platinum Certification; Songs About Me-Platinum Certification; Dangerous Man-Gold Certification; American Man, GH Vol II-Gold Certification; “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” (ringtone)-Platinum Certification

After moving to Nashville in the 1990s and releasing his debut album, Dreamin’ Out Loud on Capitol Records Nashville in 1996, Trace Adkins has become a mainstay on the country charts. Songs such as “Dreamin’ Out Loud,” “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Chrome,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This” are examples of the Grand Ole Opry member’s success over the years.

His career has also branched out to include film, TV and books. In 2008 he became one of the final two contestants on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice. Although he was not the final winner, Adkins helped raise money and awareness for The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, which he had designated to receive any of his winnings from the show. His inspiration to help the non-profit comes from his young daughter, who is one of the millions of people with potentially life-threatening food allergies. In addition to the reality series, Adkins has made various television appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, The Young and the Restless and more. Adkins also accepted a role in indie film An American Carol by David Zucker featuring Kevin Farley, Kelsey Grammer, Leslie Nielsen, Adkins, Dennis Hopper and others. In late 2007, Adkins released the book “A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck.” The book covers his views on politics, personal responsibility, fame, parenting, being true to yourself and hard work.

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