TRACE ADKINS is a multi-faceted entertainer who has had success as a performer, musician, author and actor. An esteemed member of the Grand Ole Opry, Adkins has enjoyed a remarkable twelve-year career full of chart-topping success, national TV appearances and highly successful tours. More than twenty-four (24) of his singles have appeared on Billboard's country charts and since releasing his debut album in 1996, the Louisiana-born-and-raised country star has recorded seven studio albums and has released two greatest hits compilations. His latest chart-topping CD, American Man: Greatest Hits Vol. II was released in December and includes his three-week #1 monster hit, "You're Gonna Miss This."
In 2007, Adkins released his first book titled, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck (Random House) that offers his entertaining and thought-provoking views on everything from personal responsibility, to the environment, to immigration, to the war on terror.
Adkins was recently one of fourteen celebrity contestants competing for charity on Donald Trump's hit reality series, The Celebrity Apprentice. He ultimately became one of the show's two finalists, receiving praise and high marks throughout the season for always playing the game with integrity. Since appearing on the show, he has raised more than $300,000 for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), a cause he joined after learning his 6-year old daughter suffers from severe food allergies.
Since his high profile on "The Celebrity Apprentice," Adkins has made countless national television appearances, including The Young & The Restless, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Live with Regis & Kelly, Glenn Beck, Real Time with Bill Maher, 2008 CMT Music Video Awards, 2008 Annual ACM Awards Show, Geraldo At Large, This Week In Baseball, and so much more. He has also written and recorded the opening song for the weekly series "Black Gold" that is currently airing on truTV. The series follows three drilling crews in their quest for oil in West Texas - something Adkins knows all to well as a former roughneck and derrickman who worked offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
Adkins continues his 2008 American Man Tour throughout the U.S. this summer. In September, he will travel overseas for his second USO tour where he'll perform up to three concerts a day for troops stationed at various bases in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. During his first USO tour in 2002, Adkins spent Thanksgiving performing free concerts, signing autographs and visiting with American troops in Southwest Asia. Last year, he was honored with the 2007 USO Merit Award in recognition of his dedication to assisting others through charitable works.
Trace Adkins, is set to release his eighth studio album in November 2008.