Thursday, July 4
Trace Adkins is one of country music’s most accomplished entertainers, lending his trademark baritone to several chart-topping hits, including No. 1 “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.”
Besides selling 10 million country albums, the Grammy-nominated artist has made it to the Celebrity Apprentice finals and serves as a spokesman for the American Red Cross after a fire claimed the Adkins family’s home. The professed alpha male is the father of five daughters, and speaks of the trials and tribulations of family life in his 2007 autobiography.
Trace released his tenth studio album in 2011, which debuted atop the Billboard Country Chart and featured Top Ten single “Just Fishin’.” The following year, he served as the co-host of the AMAs for the third consecutive year.
Friday, July 5
Multiplatinum rock superstar and leader of his own global empire, Bret Michaels has a lot to say for his long and successful career. As the front man of Poison, he helped define rock ‘n roll while selling 30 million records and churning out numerous hit singles.
His last solo album topped the Billboard Hard Rock charts, and his new album in June, Bret Michaels: Good Songs and Great Friends, promises to be just as successful, featuring contributors including JoePerry of Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, and Ace Frehely of Kiss.
Michaels’ 100 million-dollar realm extends across multiple channels, from record-breakingreality TV stardom to his various retail product lines. His Life Rocks Foundation charity has raised tens of millions of dollars for various causes including diabetes research, which is near to his heart since being diagnosed with the Type 1 variation of the disease at the age of six.
Saturday, July 6
Modern rock band Counting Crows is known for writing from the heart and challenging themselves in their music– and it has certainly paid off. They have appealed to nearlyevery kind of music fan since they exploded onto the scene in 1993 with themultiplatinum album August and Everything After.
The same year, they were picked to stand in for Van Halen at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, now credited as a major player in their success. Hit singles “Mr. Jones” and “Accidentally in Love” are top singles that have helped to fuel the San Francisco-based band toward several Grammy and AMA nods.
Their acclaimed sixth album, Underwater Sunshine, was released in April 2012, and features covers from the 60’s up to the present.