Country star Trace Adkins was the last contestant “fi red” earlier this year on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” losing out to tabloid editor Piers Morgan. But Adkins is no sore loser.
“I’m glad I did it,” says the Louisiana-born singer, who appeared in order to raise money and awareness for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, an organization he began supporting after his six-year-old daughter, Brianna, was diagnosed with lifethreatening allergies to milk, eggs and peanuts.
“I’m not a fan of reality shows, but when they told me I would have the opportunity to talk about this charity and this cause, my wife browbeat me into doing it,” Adkins adds with a laugh. “And everybody treated me great, man. (Trump) kept pulling on his hair, just to show me it was real. He would always say ‘What’s with the (cowboy) hat? You got nice hair!’ and I’m like, ‘Dude, leave me alone ...’”
Adkins — who will also appear as the Spirit of Christmas Future in the film “American Carol” later this year — is winning on the musical front, however. His latest single, “You’re Gonna Miss This,” hit No. 1 on the country charts. And he’s just finished his eighth studio album, which he plans to have out later this year.
But despite his past success, Adkins says that, “I don’t really feel any pressure. Thankfully, I’ve gotten to a point in my career where I’m a veteran now, and I realize there’s only so much I can do, which is go in the studio, do the best work I can, and beyond that it’s out of my control.
“I’m proud of it. I think it’s a good album. My wife told me she thought it was the best album I’ve ever done, so we’ll see. I’ll blame her if it’s not.”
Trace Adkins, Kellie Pickler and Jason Michael Carroll perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (July 17) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $65 and $49.50 pavilion, $22.50 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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