OPRY MEMBER TRACE ADKINS TO BRING WEST POINT GLEE CLUB TO OPRY STAGE THIS FRIDAY (4/8)
Celebrated Country Baritone to Perform New Single, "Just Fishin'" For First Time
Adkins Extends Show Invitation To Local Chapter Of Wounded Warriors
(Nashville, TN) -- Opry member, Trace Adkins will reunite with the West Point Glee Club for a special performance at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday, April 8, 2011. The collaboration between the celebrated baritone and the 60-member Glee Club will be a special reunion that has not occurred since Adkins' memorable 2009 ACM performance with the cadets.
On Friday, Trace will host the segment and open with two songs, including his first public performance of his new single “Just Fishin’” about a father's love and the limited time parents have with the little ones that grow up so fast. The Glee Club will perform two additional songs and, as a moving finale, Trace and his band will join the Glee Club on the finale of “Til The Last Shot’s Fired”.
As a particularly active celebrity supporter of the troops, Trace will salute soldiers from the local chapter of the Wounded Warriors in Nashville, who he has invited to the attend the evening’s performance.
ABOUT TRACE ADKINS: Trace Adkins is one of Country music's most versatile and accomplished entertainers. His instantly recognizable baritone has earned 30 charted singles and 15 Top Ten hits, gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums with total sales surpassing 10 million He is a sought-after television personality, an accomplished actor, a world-class voiceover narrator and commercial spokesman, and a successful author. Since 2010, he has served as the official face and voice of BC Headache Powder.
Literally an entertainment mega-star (he's 6' 6"), Adkin's stint on NBC's The Apprentice earned him recognition well beyond Country music and his recent supporting role in The Lincoln Lawyer (Lionsgate) has taken that even further.
As a member of the Grand Ole Opry, this good ole boy raised on Country and Gospel is known as a traditionalist who speaks his mind and honors the past. He entered the public eye with hits such as "Every Light In The House Is On" and "This Ain't No Thinkin' Thing," demonstrating the ability to express the earnest, heart-felt sentiment that Country is known for. However, as his fans know, his range also extends to the rowdy side. Having played his fair share of honky tonks on his way up, it was obvious from the start that the rowdy barroom anthem, "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," would become an across-the-board phenomenon, while his "All I Ask For Anymore," is a moving modern masterpiece that earned Grammy nominations for Best Male Country Performance and Best Country Song.
This summer, Trace's tour dates bring him back to the Heartland of America as he criss-crosses the country to perform fan favorites as well as new hits from his most recent album COWBOY'S BACK IN TOWN (released Aug. 2010 on Show Dog-Universal Music).
ABOUT THE WEST POINT CADET GLEE CLUB: The West Point Cadet Glee Club has its roots embedded in the time-honored traditions of the United States Corps of Cadets. Secular singing in at West Point has existed since the Academy's founding in 1802 when boisterous songfests were held at Benny Havens' Tavern, a popular - though off-limits - cadet gathering spot. First organized in 1903, the Glee Club is now a sixty-voice mixed chorus whose members serve as musical ambassadors for West Point and rank among our nation's most prestigious college choirs.
Under the direction of Constance Chase, the Glee Club has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, completed concert tours of the East and West Coasts, performed at Ground Zero on the first anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy, appeared with the Boston Pops, the Opera Orchestra of New York, the Syracuse and Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestras, and the U.S. Army Band. They have given scores of concerts annually throughout the United States and produced seven new recording projects.
In 2009, the choir joined country artist Trace Adkins to record ‘Till the Last Shot's Fired,' for his studio album entitled X, and the recent CD. Historically, the group has shared the spotlight with such notable performers as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Roberta Peters, Billy Joel and Olga Borodina, and has been privileged to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, the ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, the CBS Easter Parade and several presidential inaugurations, among countless others. Upon graduation from the Academy, cadets are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and begin their service to the nation as officers in the United States Army.