Trace Adkins Tries to “Sell Records to Chicks”

Trace Adkins had more than one reason to celebrate on Sunday night (May 12) at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe. The country singer is releasing his 11th studio album, Love Will . . . , on Tuesday and, as Country Weekly reported earlier, officially made the top two on NBC's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

Trace invited guests to get an early listen to his anticipated album and watch Celebrity Apprentice live to see if he would advance to the finals.

Partygoers previewed the 11-song Love Will . . . while eating mini hamburgers surrounded by Buck Owens memorabilia, before Trace took a few minutes to talk to reporters about the album. “Imagine a Trace Adkins record with the love songs that you’ve come to expect and that’s all and there’s not the other stuff,” he said, before joking, “This is just a shameless attempt to sell records to chicks.”

Love Will . . . spans genres with a collaboration with Exile, a song by the Harlem Gospel Choir and a duet with pop singer Colbie Caillat. Trace re-recorded Exile’s big hit “Kiss You All Over” with the group and compared the song's popularity in the '70s to that of “Gangnam Style” today. Of collaborating with Colbie on “Watch the World End,” Trace said it can be a challenge to find a female vocalist that can work with his deep voice, but the 28-year-old singer's “sultry” sound fit the bill.

“I’m very proud of this record,” Trace said after thanking the crowd for coming. “I sang it as good as I possibly could.”

Look for more on Trace, Love Will . . . and his Celebrity Apprentice experience in the June 3 issue of Country Weekly, on stands May 27.

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