In the fifteen years since his platinum debut, Trace Adkins has released twelve studio albums, three greatest hits packages and thirty chart singles. He has racked up four Grammy nominations, five ACM and CMT awards. Accolades like that – along with sales in the tens of millions – explain the respect Adkins has earned from both Country fans and the industry alike.
His journey began in his hometown of Sarepta, Louisiana, and led through college football, the offshore oil fields of the Gulf of Mexico, the region’s honky-tonks and finally to Nashville, where he was signed while playing in a small club in a working-class neighborhood.
Along the way, Trace has endured his share of well-publicized tribulations. In June of 2011, as the finishing touches were being made on his upcoming album, the Nashville-area home Adkins shared with his wife and three of his five daughters was entirely destroyed by fire. True to form, Trace thought first of his family’s safety, then steered the outpouring of fan’s support toward the Red Cross.
In recent years, Trace has made his mark as a TV and film actor, a voiceover artist, an author, a social commentator, and the winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. He was even the inspiration for a series of comic books.
His stardom, which includes membership in the Grand Ole Opry, covers numerous multi-media platforms. He has received the fan-voted “Top Video of the Year” award three times on GAC, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” was voted #2 “Video of the Decade” by CMT, and Trace has been voted “Country’s Sexiest Man” by the readers of Country Weekly. He has turned his entertainingly articulated views on a variety of current topics into a seat on any number of TV talk shows, and into a well-received book, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. The comic book character he inspired, McBain, was featured in four well-received editions.
Trace has appeared in many TV shows, including King of the Hill and My Name Is Earl, and in movies ranging from 2008′s An American Carol to 2011′s The Lincoln Lawyer. He often performs for military personnel, earning his Merit Award after two tours through the Middle East with the USO. He has participated in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and has performed in honor of those who died on United Airlines’ Flight 93 on 9/11. Trace raised three-quarters of a million dollars for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and is a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project. His charitable endeavors earned him the 2010 Artist Humanitarian Award from Country Radio Broadcasters.