Date of Birth: January 13, 1962
Born in Sarepta, Louisiana, county singer Trace Adkins (full name: Tracy Darrell Adkins) first toiled as an oil rig worker before deciding to try his luck as a country singer. He was a member of a gospel musical group in high school, having been taught to play guitar by his father Aaron, a mill worker.
Trace moved to Nashville in the early 1990s, where he was discovered by the president of Capitol Records Nashville while performing at a pub. His debut album, "Dreamin' Out Loud," was released in 1996 and was certified platinum in 1997. It featured several hit singles, including his first Number One: "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing." Almost all of his subsequent albums have gone gold or platinum in the United States, and his 2005 album Songs About Me was certified 2x Multi-Platinum for selling two million copies. Since his debut, he has had more than 20 singles make it on the Billboard country music charts, including Number One hits such as "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," "Ladies Love Country Boys," and "You're Gonna Miss This."
Trace made his acting debut alongside fellow country singer Travis Tritt in 2004. They played prison inmates on an episode of the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear. In 2007, Travis released a book titled A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck.
His movie debut came in 2008, with a small role in the low-budget film Trailer Park of Terror. He played himself/Angel of Death in David Zucker's comedy film An American Carol later that year. His first role in a major motion picture when he played motorcycle gang member Eddie Vogel in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) opposite Matthew McConaughey, followed by the role of Bones in the Columbia Pictures feature film Moms' Night Out (2014). He also played a role in the American Civil War TV mini-series To Appomattox. Most recently, Trace played the role of Brickell in I Can Only Imagine (2018).
Trace has been married three times. He has two daughters from his first marriage to Barbara Lewis and three daughters from his third marriage to Rhonda Adkins. All three marriages ended in divorce. In 1994, his second wife, Julie, shot him in the chest during a domestic dispute. The bullet punctured both lungs and his heart. He was rushed to a hospital and thanks to quick actions on the part of the doctors, he survived. Early in his career, Trace also lost the pinky finger on his left hand while using a knife, but doctors were able to reattach the finger so he could continue to play guitar.
Filmography:I Can Only Imagine (2018)