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Trace Adkins To Be Commencement Speaker!
TRACE ADKINS made his debut in the country music world more than a decade ago with a platinum-selling album and has since become an undeniable musical force, earning his place among the most identifiable artists of his generation.
An esteemed Grand Ole Opry member since 2003, Adkins has built a strong legion of fans by recording songs that possess insightful lyrics and cover a wide range of interests -- many from his own life experiences. With one of the most identifiable voices in country music, the Grammy-nominated artist has had twenty-seven singles land on Billboardâ€™s country chart, with 15 breaking into the Top 10. His albums achieve gold or multi-platinum status and three have made chart-topping debuts. He has performed for millions of fans worldwide and consistently sells out venues across the nation. His hard-driving stage show is full of hits, making him one of country musicâ€™s top headlining and in-demand artists today.
Throughout his illustrious career, Adkins has received widespread media recognition â€“ from magazine covers to the movie screen, to numerous appearances on national TV shows including, Ellen Degeneres, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Conan Oâ€™Brien, Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Live with Regis & Kelly, Real Time with Bill Maher, Today Show, Tonight Show with Jay Leno and much more.
As an author, Adkins received rave reviews for his book A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. Published in 2007 by Random House, the book revealed his strong political and social views and continues to be a strong seller today.
Already a highly successful country music recording artist, Adkins grabbed the national spotlight in 2008 while earning the respect of Donald Trump as a finalist on NBCâ€™s The Celebrity Apprentice. Throughout the season, he starred in some of the showâ€™s best moments, including the season finale, when more than 14 million viewers tuned in as he performed his # 1 hit, â€œYouâ€™re Gonna Miss This.â€ He has since raised more than $750,000 for his charity.
A long time supporter of the U.S. military, Adkins has traveled overseas for two USO tours, performing for troops stationed in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007, he was honored with the USO Merit Award in recognition of his dedication to assisting others through charitable works. His 2009 ACM performance with the West Point Cadet Glee Club was made available for download at iTunes, raising more than $100,000 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization providing extensive support to soldiers who have been severely wounded in combat.
In November 2009, Adkins ventured into the comic book world with the launch of LUKE McBAIN, a four-part comic book series whose lead character was based on the country giantâ€™s likeness and persona. Every installment has been a big success, with each issue outselling the previous.
For the next two years, Adkins will serve as the official face and voice of BC Headache Powder, marking only the second time in the pain-relief productâ€™s 100 year history that a country music entertainer has represented the brand. BC Headache Powder is also sponsoring Adkinsâ€™ 2010 concert tour dates.
Adkins recently signed with Show Dog-Universal Music, the newly merged record label headed up by superstar Toby Keith and famed producer, Mark Wright. â€œThis Ainâ€™t No Love Songâ€ will be released to country radio on May 17. The song is the first from his forthcoming new album scheduled to arrive in stores August 24. He will once again hit the road with Toby for the American Ride tour that launches June 19.
Trace Adkins continues to make his mark as an icon across many pop culture mediums, achieving success in almost every realm of the entertainment business. With more than a decade under his professional belt, he is still sitting at the top of his game with no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
View the feature news story that was aired on WSOC-TV here.
Written by: Donna Helms
Posted: May 19, 2010 by Donna Helms