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Trace Adkins Biography


Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins

Capitol Nashville

Trace Adkins Basic Facts:

Name: Tracy Darrell Adkins
Birthdate: January 13, 1962
Birthplace: Springhill, LA

Country Style: Contemporary Country

Trace Adkins Quote:

"They know who I am, where I come from, what I'm about. I go out there and it is what it is. If I feel like doing something, I do it. If I feel like saying something, I say it. If I feel like dancing, I do. If I don't, I don't."

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Tracy Darrell Adkins was born on January 13, 1962, in Springhill, Louisiana. Music was a part of his life from an early age. His father taught him how to play the guitar as a youngster, and when he reached his teen years, he joined a gospel group called the New Commitments.

After graduating high school, he worked on an oil rig. While on the job, he was trying to open a bucket when he sliced his finger off. When the doctor reattached it, Trace asked that it be done so that he would still be able to play guitar.

Nashville Bound:

Trace made his way to Nashville in the early 1990s, where he played at various honky tonks. A Capitol Records exec saw him at one of his shows and signed him to a record deal.

Trace released his debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, in 1996. The first single, "There's A Girl in Texas," peaked at No. 20. Three additional singles were released: "Every Light in the House" (No. 3), "I Left Something Turned On At Home" (No. 2), and his first No. 1, "(This Ain't No) Thinkin' Thing." The album gave Trace a platinum record.

After the strong singles of his first album, he had less success with his second and third albums, Big Time and More.

In 2001, Trace released Chrome, which earned him three Top 20 singles, with "I'm Tryin'" (No. 6), "Help Me Understand" (No. 17), and the title cut, which peaked at No. 10.

Greatest Hits:

In 2003, Trace released Greatest Hits, Vol. 1. The year also saw the release of Comin' On Strong. Trace was back on a roll, as "Then They Do," from the Greatest Hits collection peaked at No. 9, then the two singles from Comin' On Strong -- "Hot Mama" and "Rough and Ready" -- peaked at No. 5 and No. 13 respectively. Trace topped off the year with his induction into the Grand Ole Opry.

Songs About Me was released in 2005, with the poignant single, "Arlington." The song tells the story from the viewpoint of a soldier killed in war who is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. There was controversy with the song where some military families with soldiers serving in the Middle East felt that it hit too close to home, so the song was pulled after it peaked at No. 16. The next song to be released from the album was a total 180 in content. That song was "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," which climbed all the way to No. 2, and even reached No. 30 on the Pop charts.

In 2006, Trace released his seventh studio album, Dangerous Man. It was from this album that Trace earned his second No. 1 song, with "Ladies Love Country Boys."

A second Greatest Hits album was released in 2007, and along with it, Trace earned another No. 1, as "You're Gonna Miss This" became his third No. 1 song. He also released his first book, entitled A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck.

Celebrity Apprentice

In 2008, Trace agreed to do Celebrity Apprentice, with his charity being the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. His young daughter Brianna suffers from food allergies, which is what prompted him to choose that charity. He made it to the number two position on the show, but Donald Trump decided to hire Piers Morgan.

The first single, "Muddy Water," from Trace's X[/link[ was released in fall 2008. The album was released on November 25.

Trace made his motion picture debut in An American Carol, which was released around Christmas of 2008.

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