Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. As a dedicated supporter of the troops, Adkins has performed seven USO Tours.
His autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, recounts the former oil-rigger’s rise to fame, battles with personal demons and life as a father of five daughters. Trace played a tough as nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), he developed and hosted GAC’s “Great American Heroes” and in December, he will host the American Country Awards on FOX for the fourth consecutive year.
Adkins’ first-ever Christmas album, The King’s Gift was released ahead of the 2013 holiday season. The Celtic-inspired album of traditional carols “managed to sound fresh, thanks to that oh-so-deep voice and new arrangements” (The Associated Press). The New York Times remarked on Adkins’ signature sound as well, enthusing that “If you enjoy your holiday music being sung to you by the purring engine of a Ford F-150 pickup, Trace Adkins’s debut holiday album, ‘The King’s Gift,’ is as close as you’ll come.” Following the albums’ release, Adkins embarked on an eighteen-theater run with The Christmas Show Tour – his own hybrid of a theatrical production and musical presentation. This was a combination of a one-man show with anecdotes, humor and history as well as a traditional Christmas concert with Adkins’ twelve-piece “Sarepta Symphony.” Billboard wrote that the show “reminded fans that he is (and always has been) the real deal vocally.”