Hailing from Sarepta, Louisiana, standing tall at six feet and five inches is the country singer-songwriter known as Trace Adkins. Among Adkins’ fans, what truly makes the man stand as tall as he does isn’t simply limited to his height, but his down-to-earth delivery on everything he touches. This includes his impressive career as an artist catering to the country music genre, his personal projects, as well as other professional endeavors that include his 2008 run on Donald Trump’s celebrity version of The Apprentice. From January to March, a series of celebrities took part in a series where each chose a charity they related to most as direct beneficiaries during their involvement with the show. That year saw Trace Adkins represent the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FARE) as his own daughter’s potentially life-threatening dairy, egg, and peanut allergies. He made it to the final, losing only to Piers Morgan. In 2013, Trace Adkins returned for the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice where he then chose to represent The American Red Cross. The first and only person to make it to the final round on more than one appearance on any Apprentice season, Adkins not only won during his second run on the show but holds the record of the most amount of money raised towards a charity from the series’ history as he managed to raise over $1.5 million.
Before achieving the status of celebrity that saw Trace Adkins dominate two of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice seasons, originally started out in the genre of gospel music where he’d eventually enlist with the Louisiana Tech University where he also took part with the university’s football team. However, after sustaining a knee injury during his freshman year, he left the team. Later, he also drops out of university where Adkins performed a number of jobs that include working at an oil rig and at a pharmacy. While Adkins had always been interested in playing music since receiving playing on his first guitar at age ten, he never considered pursuing it as a career until after his time as a pharmacist technician. At one point, Adkins faced the possibility of no longer playing guitar after a freak accident amputated one of his fingers. It was surgically sewn back on by Adkins’ request that it be done so where he could still play his signature instrument. The earliest era of Adkins’ career started upon the release of his debut album (Dreamin’ Out Loud) in 1996 and he continued to go strong until 2001. Between a tractor accident that canceled his touring schedule and checking into rehab shortly after the October 9 release of his album (Chrome), it wasn’t until the release of his 2003 (Greatest Hits) album that the country artist would get his career on track. In addition to his numerous movie and television appearances, Trace Adkins’s discography boasts twelve studio albums, six compilation albums, 1 extended play (EP), 39 singles, 35 music videos.
10. Just Fishin’
From the 2011 album (Proud to Be Here), is the single (Just Fishin’), which charts to #6 with the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and at #61 with the US Billboard Hot 100. It has also since become certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The biggest appeal fans share with the song is it’s not about fishing that matters, but the memories that are made from the experience.
9. Every Light In the House
Trace Adkins releases the single (Every Light In the House), which comes from his 1996 debut album (Dreamin’ Out Loud) On the music charts, it ranks as high as third with the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and tenth with the Canadian’s RPM. The song also became the first crossover hit for the then-newcomer by reaching #78 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
8. I Left Something Turned On at Home
Coming from the 1996 debut album (Dreamin’ Out Loud) is the single (I Left Something Turned On at Home), which peaks to number one with RPM Canada’s chart and at number two with the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The mix of fiddle and electric guitar is what has made this particular song a big favorite among the fans and critics of Trace Adkins.
7. (This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing
Peaking at number one with the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as well as Canada’s RPM chart, the single ((This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing) comes from the debut album (Dreamin’ Out Loud), which was released in 1996. This, plus the other three chart ranking hits, has been instrumental in making it reach Platinum certification with RIAA.
6. I Got My Game On
Country Music Television recognizes the single (I Got My Game On) as worthy enough to win Male Video of the year during their 2008 broadcast of their awards ceremony.
5. All I Ask For Anymore
During the 2009 Grammy Awards, Trace Adkins earns himself nominations for the single (All I Ask For Anymore) in two categories, namely for Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Peaking at #14 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, this single from the 2008 release of Adkins’s album (X), also found a spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, coming in at #95.
4. Ladies Love Country Boys
Coming from the 2006 album (Dangerous Man) is the single (Ladies Love Country Boys), which reaches number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It also became certified Platinum by RIAA for selling over a million copies of what single ladies continue to swoon over as they seem to relate to the content of one of Adkins’s most commercially successful hits he’s ever produced. On the US Billboard Hot 100, Ladies Love Country Boys also charted, coming in at #61.
3. Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
The 2004 album (Songs About Me) brings forth the single (Honky Tonk Badonkadonk), which peaks as high as second with the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It also came in at #30 with the US Billboard Hot 100 and at #33 with the US Billboard Pop 100 charts. This catchy, hard to forget song also earned double Platinum Certification from RIAA for selling over two million copies since its release.
2. You’re Gonna Miss This
The single (You’re Gonna Miss This) earned itself a 2009 win with the Academy Country Music awards show for Single of the Year, making it the second time Trace Adkins would take home a trophy for his efforts from its organization. It was also nominated in 2008 by the Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Male Country Performance. Stemming from Adkins’s second greatest hits album (American Man: Greatest Hits II), which was released December 4, 2007, You’re Gonna Miss This charted at number one with US Billboard Hot Country, as well as earning double Platinum Certification from RIAA. The single was also a crossover hit, charting at #11 with the Canadian Hot 100, #12 with the US Billboard Hot 100, and at #19 on the US Pop 100.
1. Hillbilly Bone (featuring Blake Shelton)
In 2010, Academy Country Music awarded their honor to Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton for Vocal Event of the Year. Also in 2010, Country Music Television recognized the single, as well as the two country artists, for Collaborative Video of the Year. This duet ranked at number one with the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, as well as certified Platinum by RIAA. Crossing over to the US Billboard 100, Hillbilly Bone ranked at #40 and with the Canadian Hot 100 at #84.