Trace Adkins
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Springhill, Louisiana
6' 6" (1.98 m)
Famous for:
His platinum album “Dreamin' Out Loud”
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You're Gonna Miss This


“I've been in that situation many times, telling people why country music is important, and this is my chance to stand up for this genre.” Trace Adkins

Entering the music industry in 1996 with the platinum album “Dreamin' Out Loud,” country music singer-songwriter Trace Adkins has since produced seven studio albums and two greatest hits albums, not to mention a special compilation album available only in Australia (2006's “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”). 1997's “Big Time,” 2001's “Chrome” and “2006's “Dangerous Man” have been certified gold, while 2003's “Comin' On Strong” became his second platinum album after his debut. The multi-platinum album “Songs About Me” (2005) marks the most successful album of Adkins’ to date. The Capitol Records’ artist has also had more than 25 singles on the Billboard Country charts, including the number one hits “(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing” (1997), “Ladies Love Country Boys” (2007) and “You're Gonna Miss This” (2008). The latter song became Adkins' fastest-climbing single of his career and longest-lasting No.1 (stayed on the top position for three weeks). It also brought the singer a 2009 ACM Award for Single of the Year. Adkins won a CMT Award for Male Video of the Year for “I Got My Game On” (2007) from the “American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II” album, and an ACM Award for Top New Male Vocalist. Also an occasional actor, Adkins has acted in the films “Square Dance” (1987), “Trailer Park of Terror” (2008) and “An American Carol” (2008) and in the TV series “Yes, Dear” (2004) and “King of the Hill” (2003-2007, as the voice of Elvin).

Adkins is the father of five. He is currently married to Rhonda Forlaw.

Accidental Shooting

Childhood and Family:

Son of Peggy and Aaron Adkins, Tracy Darrell Adkins, professionally known as Trace Adkins, was born on January 13, 1962, in Springhill, Louisiana. He learned how to play the guitar at an early age from his dad. His interest in music was further shown in high school when he joined a gospel group named the New Commitments. During this period, he also became a member of FFA (Future Farmers of America). Trace went on to study music at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, in which he also played football. Following graduation, he got a job on an oil rig, but lost his left pinky finger after an industrial accident. He later moved to Nashville to pursue his music aspiration.

Trace has been married three times. He has two daughters from his first marriage, Tarah (born in 1983) and Sarah (born in 1985). He married his current wife, Rhonda Forlaw, on May 11, 1997. The couple has three kids, Mackenzie (born in 1998), Brianna (born in 2001) and Trinity (born in 2004). During a domestic quarrel, Trace was shot in the heart and lungs by his second wife, Julie Curtis. The incident was classified as an accidental shooting.

Songs About Me


Trace Adkins got his start in the music industry as part of the gospel quartet The New Commitments and playing at clubs around Nashville. He eventually received his big break when the president of Capitol Records' country division spotted him singing at Nashville's Tillie's & Lucy's Pub. He soon signed a recording contract with Capitol Records.

Adkins' debut album, “Dreamin' Out Loud,” was released on June 25, 1996. Produced by Scott Hendricks, the album debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Country Album Charts and No. 53 on Billboard's 200. The first single, “There's a Girl in Texas,” rose to No. 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It was followed by the single “Every Light in the House,” which was written by Kent Robbins and went to No. 3 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. He got his first No. 1 hit with the third single “(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing,” which debuted at No. 44 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in January 1997 and rose to the top position by April that same year. “I Left Something Turned on at Home,” the forth and last single released from his debut album, became a Top 2 Country hit. Both “(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing” and “I Left Something Turned on at Home” went to No. 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Singles Chart. “Dreamin' Out Loud” eventually received platinum certification from RIAA. The sophomore effort, “Big Time,” hit the music stores on October 21, 1997, with the lead single “The Rest of Mine” reaching No. 4 on the Hot Country Songs charts. The follow-up singles, “Lonely Won't Leave Me Alone” and “Big Time,” peaked at No. 11 and 27 on the Billboard Country charts, respectively. The album went gold and following a change in management, Adkins released his third album, “More...,” on November 2, 1999. The album spawned the hit singles “Don't Lie,” “More,” and “I'm Gonna Love You Anyway.”

In 2001, Adkins released “Chrome,” which rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Country Albums charts. The album was certified gold by RIAA thanks to such hit singles as “I'm Tryin'” (#6), “Help Me Understand” (#17) and “Chrome” (#10). Despite the major comeback, Adkins had to deal with personal problems when he was sentenced to 11 months in prison and was ordered to pay $350 in fines after being charged with DUI in Nolensville, Tennessee. Fortunately for the singer, the sentence was dropped. The incident did cause the singer to lose his driver’s license for a year. Adkins was later injured in a tractor accident, which forced him to temporarily call off his tours, and he underwent rehabilitation in Nashville for alcohol dependency.

2003 saw Adkins launch the albums “Greatest Hits Collection, Vol. 1” and “Comin' On Strong.” “Greatest Hits Collection, Vol. 1” rose to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart and No. 9 on Billboard's 200 and was certified platinum by RIAA. It consisted of the previously unreleased tracks “Welcome to Hell” and “Then They Do,” in addition to popular singles from his first studio albums. “Then They Do,” released as a single in 2003, made the Top 10 on the Hot Country Songs list (#9). “Comin' On Strong,” Adkins' album of new material after “Chrome,” also achieved platinum certification. It rose to No. 3 on the Country Albums chart and No. 31 on the Billboard 200 and produced the Top 5 hit “Hot Mama” and the gold single “Rough & Ready” (#13).

Adkins gained even more success in 2005 with the release of his sixth studio album, “Songs About Me.” Released on March 22, 2005, the album rose to No. 1 on the Country Albums chart and No. 11 on Billboard's 200 and received 2× Multi-Platinum certification, marking his highest selling album to date. It produced such country hits as the controversial “Arlington” (#16), the title track (#2) and the crossover hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” (#2). The latter song also made the Top 40 on both Billboard's Hot 100 and Billboard's Pop 100 Charts, where it peaked at No. 30 and No. 33 respectively.

On August 15, 2006, Adkins released the “Dangerous Man” album, which rose to No. 1 on the U.S. Country Albums chart and earned gold certification. Three country hit singles generated from the album were “Swing” (#20), “Ladies Love Country Boys” (#1) and “I Wanna Feel Something” (#25).

Adkins' second greatest hits album, “American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II,” hit the stores on December 4, 2007, and went on to reach No. 3 on the Country Albums chart and No. 22 on the Billboard's 200. It consisted of three new songs, the lead single “I Got My Game On,” the second single “You're Gonna Miss This,” and “American Man.” “You're Gonna Miss This” became his third No. 1 hit on the Hot Country Songs and the most successful single to date on the Billboard Hot 100 (#12) and Billboard Pop 100 (# 19).

The eighth studio album, “X,” was released on November 28, 2008. It peaked at No. 7 and No. 32 on Billboard's Country Album Charts and Billboard's 200, respectively. The album contained the Top 40 country hit singles “Muddy Water” (#22), “Marry for Money” (#14) and “All I Ask For Anymore” (#30) and the Top 50 “'Til the Last Shot's Fired.”

Adkins has occasionally appeared in front of the cameras as an actor. Making his debut as a Bayou Band member in “Square Dance” (1987), which was directed by Daniel Petrie, he later made a guest appearance in a 2004 episode of the CBS sitcom “Yes, Dear,” was featured in Steven Goldmann's horror movie “Trailer Park of Terror” (2008) and starred as the Angel of Death in David Zucker's “An American Carol” (2008). He also provided the voice of Cowboy Hero in a 2005 episode of “Higglytown Heroes” and Elvin in several episodes of “King of the Hill” from 2003 to 2007. Adkins has also participated in the game shows “Hollywood Squares” (2003-2004) and “The Apprentice” (2008-2009) and appeared on a number of talk shows, including “Late Show with David Letterman, “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”


  • ACM: Single of the Year, “You're Gonna Miss This,” 2009

  • CMT: Male Video of the Year, “I Got My Game On,” 2008

  • ACM: Top New Male Vocalist, 1996

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