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Trace Adkins


Trace Adkins is a country music singer, actor, and author from the United States. Trace Adkins first gained national attention in the mid-1990s with his debut album “Dreamin’ Out Loud,” which included the hit single “Every Light in the House.”

Early Life

Trace Adkins was born in Sarepta, Louisiana, the United States, on January 13, 1962. His full name is Tracy Darrell Adkins and holds American nationality.

According to his birth date, he is 62 years old and has a birth sign of Capricorn. He belongs to a mixed ethnicity of English, some Scottish, and distant Welsh, and has his belief in Christianity religion.

Caption: Trace Adkins with his mother (Source: Town of Sarepta)

The names of his parents are Aaron Doyle Adkins and Peggy Carraway. His father was a mill worker by profession. He was raised with his two brothers Clay Adkins and Scott Davin Adkins.

Sadly, his brother Scott died at the age of twenty-one in a pickup truck accident near Plain Dealing in Bossier Parish. Trace was interested in music since his childhood life and his father taught him the basics of playing guitar during his childhood.

Trace Adkins – Education

He completed his formal schooling at a high school and was a member of the gospel group New Commitments. Moreover, he was also a member of The Future Farmers of America.

After finishing his basic schooling, he enrolled at Louisiana Tech University. He played defensive end for the Bulldogs football team while in university. However, he never graduated.

Professional Career

Trace Adkins started working on an oil rig. He also performed music in a band named Bayou. Moreover, he formerly worked as a pharmacy technician before pursuing a music career. He lost the pinky finger on his left hand in an accident while using a knife to open a bucket, and wanted doctors to reconnect the finger at an angle so that he could continue to play guitar.

In the early 1990s, he played in the honky tonk bars in and around Nashville, Tennessee. During this time, he was spotted by an executive of Capitol who signed him to the label. He got his breakthrough when he made a debut with his single ‘There’s a Girl in Texas.’ This single became a major hit and topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Track charts at the 20th position.

After getting success in his debut single, he released his debut album “Dreamin’ Out Loud” in 1996. His debut album earned the success of his debut song track as it became a super hit with his singles reaching the number 1 status.

Continued his successful musical career

He released his second album “Big Time” in October 1997. The album produced a Top 5 in ‘The Rest of Mine,’ but subsequent singles proved less successful. In November 1999, he released his third album “More…” and its title track reached the Top 10.

Caption: Trace Adkins performing in the concert (Source: DVIDS)

He released his fourth album “Chrome” and it was his first album to reach the Top 5 on the country albums charts; its title track reached the Top 10 in late 2002. In 2003, he released two albums: “A Greatest Hits Collection” and “Comin’ on Strong.”

His sixth album “Songs About Me” was released in March 2005. The album’s third single ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’ became a crossover hit, bringing Adkins into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.

Followed-up albums and singles

In 2006, he released his seventh album, “Dangerous Man.” The album’s lead single ‘Swing’ peaked at No. 20, while the follow-up ‘Ladies Love Country Boys’ became Adkins’ second Number One single on the country charts.

In 2007, he released the single ‘I Got My Game On’, which was scheduled to be the first single from a new album but instead became the main tune for his second Greatest Hits compilation, “American Man: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.”

The album’s second single ‘You’re Gonna Miss his’ reached number one status on the Hot Country Songs and became the fastest-climbing single of his. Similarly, it went on to enlist itself at the Top 12 in the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 19 in the Billboard Pop 100.

The single ‘Muddy Waters’ from his album “X” was released in 2008. Moreover, the album featured the Top 20 songs ‘Marry for Money’ and ‘All I Ask For Anymore’, both of which peaked at No. 14.

Recent Works

In 2010, he left Capitol Nashville to sign with Show Dog-Universal Music. His first single with the label, ‘This Ain’t No Love Song,’ was released in May 2010. The song served as the lead single for his following studio album, “Cowboy’s Back in Town.” The album debuted at No. 54 on the charts.

In 2010, he released his third compilation album, “The Definitive Greatest Hits Til” The Last Shot’s Fired. Moreover,  in 2011, he released his tenth studio album, “Proud to Be Here.” In 2013, he released two albums: “Love Will..” and his first Christmas album, “The King’s Gift.” He also released his collection album, “Icon.”

On April 6, 2015, it was revealed that Adkins signed with Broken Bow Records’ Wheelhouse label. With the label, he released his first single ‘Jesus and Jones’ on the 18th of January 2016 and peaked at number 41 on the Country Airplay chart.

Acting Career

Apart from his musical works, he has worked as an actor. He made his television debut, starring in the role of Big John for the television series, “King of the Hill.” Similarly, he also appeared on “Hollywood Squares.”

Moreover, he lent his voice to a commercial series for KFC in the year 2003. He starred as Curtis in the TV series “Yes, Dear” in the year 2004. Later, he played the character of Elvin Mackleston in the series, “King of the Hill.”

In 2005, he appeared in three television series: ‘Higglytown Heroes’, ‘Blue Collar TV’, and ‘My Name is Earl.’ In 2008, he appeared on screen as The Man in the film ‘Trailer Park of Terror’ and as Angel of Death in ‘An American Carol’.

He also appeared in an episode of the television series ‘The Young and the Restless’.From 2008 to 2011, he appeared in 16 episodes of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’. In the first season, he competed as a celebrity participant and came in second position.

He returns for the All-Stars season of The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. His film and television credits include ‘Lifted’, ‘Tough Trade’, and ‘Ace of Cakes.’ In 2019, he hosted a new series on INSP titled Ultimate Cowboy Showdown. The series aired for three seasons.

In 2007, he released his first book, ‘A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free Thinking Roughneck.’

Net Worth 2024

In 2023, Adkins’ net worth is predicted to be approximately $19 million, due to his professional career.

Relationship Status

In his personal life, Trace Adkins married three times, Firstly, he married Julie Lauren Curtis in 1991, but the couple parted ways in 1994. Secondly, he married Rhonda Forlaw in 1997, with whom he has three daughters whose names are unknown.

Caption: Trace Adkins with his wife (Source: People Magazine)

On October 12, 2019, he married Canadian actress Victoria Pratt in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has five daughters: two from his ex-wife Tarah and Sarah, and three from his ex-wife Rhonda, called MacKenzie, Brianna, and Trinity.

Body Measurements

Caption: Trace Adkins posing for a photo (Source:  Daily Mail)

This singer is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 109 kg. Moreover, he has a pair of blue eyes with blonde hair colour.

Trace Adkins – Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@traceadkins’ there are over 739k followers. Likewise, there are over 421.5k followers on his Twitter page ‘@TraceAdkins’ and over 4 million followers on his Facebook page. He has an official YouTube channel and there are over 498k subscribers.