Happy birthday, Trace Adkins! The country music star turns 59 today!
Born on Jan. 13, 1962, in Sarepta, Louisiana, his career has spanned more than 25 years. He has had success as a singer and actor while entertaining fans and friends with his sense of humor. He is also known as a vocal supporter of the United States of America and the members of the Armed Forces.
Some of his best moments center around this music career, especially his induction in to the Grand Ole Opry in August 2003. During the event, the 6’6″ Adkins appeared on stage with the 4’11” Little Jimmy Dickens. Dickens had to stand on a stepladder to ask Adkins to join the Opry. Adkins first performed at the Grand Ole Opry in 1996.
The list of some of his most popular songs includes “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Every Light in the House,” “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,’ and “Just Fishin’.”
During his career, Adkins has sold more than 11 million records, according to his website. There have also been 15 top 10 hits and four No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Top Country Songs Chart. He has won one CMA Award and one CMT Award. He is also a Grammy-nominated artist.
He has also earned three Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Single of the Year Award in 2009 for “You’re Gonna Miss This.” He won another in 2010 for Vocal Event of the Year for “Hillbilly Bone” with Blake Shelton. Speaking of Blake Shelton…
Trace Adkins Shares Friendship with Blake Shelton
Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton share a friendship that goes back years. Adkins was a mentor for Shelton as a young artist and Shelton never forgot the help he received.
“Trace Adkins was that guy for me …. unfortunately, because he’s a grumpy, old b—–d,” Shelton jokingly told Fox News. “But he was always that guy for me who would sit me down and say, ‘Listen,’ and he would get on to me about stuff. Especially because back in the day, I was way worse than I am now. He was about the only guy I would listen to because I was intimidated by him. Looking back, I am so glad that he was around for me.”
Shelton has welcomed Trace Adkins onto “The Voice” and the two have shared the stage on multiple occasions, including for a performance of “You’re Gonna Miss This” in 2018.
Adkins Can Sing – and Act
In addition to his successful music career, Trace Adkins has had numerous acting roles in both television series and movies. He appeared with Matthew McConaughey in the film “The Lincoln Lawyer.” He also appeared in such films as “Deepwater Horizon” and “Badland.” His television work has included providing his voice to characters on “King of the Hill” and “American Dad.”
He has appeared as himself in “Celebrity Apprentice” and “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” During an appearance on “Celebrity Apprentice” he had a famously humorous encounter with the Backstreet Boys.
Adkins recently announced that the second season of “Ultimate Cowboy Showdown” would premiere in February 2021. He hosts the reality show on the INSP network.
Support for U.S. Armed Forces
Near to Adkins’ heart are the members of the U.S. Armed Forces. He has served as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and has performed many USO Shows for service members. He has also recorded songs in honor of those who serve, including “Arlington” and “Still a Soldier.”