Trace Adkins emerged on the country scene with his debut album “Dreamin’ Out Loud.” With his initial release, Adkins had no problem placing on the charts with the breakout single “Every Light in the House.” The albums that followed established Adkins’ reputation as a country superstar. His successful career has earned him Grammys, CMT and ACM awards.

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In addition to his music career, the artist has also spent a fair share of time as a television and film actor. His numerous credits include “King of the Hill” and “The Lincoln Lawyer.” Now, Adkins is coming to the Azalea City to bring his brand of Christmas cheer with his latest release, “The King’s Gift.” The collection of Celtic carols promises to submerse the Saenger audience in “a time of mystery, valor and honor.”

Adkins was not alone in creating the yuletide album. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Irish ensemble The Chieftains are featured on “The King’s Gift,” as well as vocalists such as Alyth McCormack and Emma Stevens. It would not be Christmas without family, and Adkins chose gospel group The Issacs to appear on the album. Kevin Costner and his daughter Lily lend their vocal talents, and drummer Kenny Arnoff (John Mellencamp, Elton John, The Smashing Pumpkins) plays the part of “The Little Drummer Boy.”


Trace Adkins: The Christmas Show
Date: Thursday, Dec. 18
Venue: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St., www.saengermobile.com
Tickets: $53-$89.75 at the Saenger Box Office and through Ticketmaster