Trace Adkins has been receiving some of the best reviews of his career as of late, due to his new Christmas release "The King’s Gift." A traditional collection of Yuletide tunes with a heavy emphasis on Celtic and Irish sounds, the singer tells Billboard he’s wanted to do such a project for a long time.
“It was something that I had thought about doing for a long time,” he said. “It was probably about 1998 when I first thought about doing it. But we got busy doing other stuff, so it fell on the back burner and we shelved it. Now, we finally got around to it. It’s just really classic-based, old hymns done with a Celtic/Irish approach. It was just a lot of fun. I enjoy a lot of music, and was inspired by a couple of instrumental records that a guy who is playing on my records had given me. I thought ‘I’d like to make a Christmas record with that kind of feel.’ He said ‘Let me know when you want to do it,’ so we eventually got around to it.”
"The King’s Gift" was released on Caliburn Records, Adkins’ first project not on a major label -- something he is very excited about. “We found Sony RED, who said they would distribute the record. With a specialty kind of record like this, I thought that my name is kind of known a little bit, so if we just had someone to distribute the record, I could probably get it in most of the stores," Adkins said. "There wasn’t any need to have a major label involved.”