After the success of his single "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing" in 1996, country singer and songwriter Tracy "Trace" Darrell Adkins went on to produce a number of successful studio albums and a greatest hits compilation throughout the late '90s and 2000s; all but one of them reached gold or higher status. Adkins has also lent his voice to several commercials for fast-food giant KFC, and appeared on the long-running game show The Hollywood Squares. In 2008, Adkins put his business prowess to the test by agreeing to appear as a contestant on NBC's celebrity edition of The Apprentice. He went on to act in projects such as An American Carol, Lifted, The Lincoln Lawyer and A Country Christmas.
Biography by Tracie Cooper
- Stands 6-foot-6 tall.
- Played college football and studied petroleum technology at Louisiana Tech University.
- Accidentally cut off a finger while working on an oil rig after college; it was later reattached.
- Was shot by his then-wife Julie Curtis in 1994; he did not press charges.
- Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2003.
- Wrote the autobiography A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck (2007).
- Garnered second place in the 2008 edition of The Celebrity Apprentice.
- Was the inspiration for the comic-book character Luke McBain, who appeared in a four-part comic series in 2009.
- Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.