Trace Adkins At Grand Ole Opry
His deep voice and tall stature have certainly made an impression for Trace Adkins in the country music scene and made him a favored musician in the community. Born in Sarepta, Louisiana, in 1962, Adkins picked up a love for music at an early age. When his father handed him his first guitar as a child, he jump started what would become the widely recognized sounds of Trace Adkins’ music. The mixture of country, rock and blues shows through in all of his hits. In high school, Adkins joined the “New Commitments,” a gospel music group, beginning his musical career. In the early ‘90s, he began playing in honky tonk bars throughout Nashville, Tennessee. It was at one of these honky tonk bars that one of the executives of Capitol Records discovered him and signed him to the label. After his first single “There’s a Girl in Texas” reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, Adkins became a force to be reckoned with in the country music community. The tallest member of the Grand Ole Opry, Trace Adkins was invited by Little Jimmy Dickens, the shortest member, to join the ranks on August 23, 2003.
After “There’s a Girl in Texas,” Adkins’ songs began taking over the radio waves. Only one of his albums failed to reach gold or platinum certification. Some of his most widely recognized songs have included “(This Ain’t) No Thinking Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This” – all of which have gained No. 1 titles. Other top songs are “Hot Momma,” “Every Light in the House,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “”Hillbilly Bone.”
His unique sound and bad boy appearance have made him beloved by fans, and his songs have made him a recognizable star. In 1996, he won the ACM Top New Male Vocalist Award. In 2008, he won the CMT Male Video of the Year for “I Got My Game On.” That same year, he was nominated for two Grammys for the song “You’re Gonna Miss This:” Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. In 2009, he was nominated for the same two awards for the song “All I Ask For Anymore.” Though he did not win those two Grammys, his song “You’re Gonna Miss This” won the ACM Single of the Year in the same year. In 2010, his collaboration with fellow country artist Blake Shelton on the song “Hillbilly Bone” won the duo the ACM Vocal Event of the Year award and the CMT Award for Collaborative Video of the Year.
Adkins’ talent doesn’t stop with music, though. He has also appeared on a variety of television shows as a guest star, including King of the Hill, Higglytown Heroes, American Dad! and Yes, Dear, as well as some movies, such as The Lincoln Lawyer in 2011. In 2008, Trace was a contestant on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, playing for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. This charity was one he felt strongly about, due to his daughter’s life-threatening allergy to peanuts, milk and eggs. Trace was the runner up of the season, losing only to Piers Morgan.
Adkins is a country artist with a big following. His powerful voice is distinguished among all others and his inspirational and upbeat lyrics reach to a wide variety of audience members.