Trace Adkins’ daughters, Tarah, Sarah, Mackenzie, Brianna, and Trinity, grew up to be strong, independent, and gorgeous women, and the “Ladies Love Country Boys” singer couldn’t be more proud. Tarah and Sara are Adkin’s oldest daughters with his first wife, Barbara Lewis. He had three more daughters with his third wife, Rhonda Forlaw.
The country superstar got to admit that raising five daughters is challenging enough, and it takes a special kind of man to do it. But Adkins made it through. Find out more memorable stories about these gorgeous ladies below.
Parents weekend in Knoxville pic.twitter.com/uwTQfiOx0H— Rhonda Forlaw Adkins (@RhondaAdkins) March 31, 2019
They Are Strong Independent Women
Trace Adkins and his then-wife, Rhonda Forlaw, absolutely raised their three daughters to show courage in the face of danger. And that’s just what they did. In June 2011, Mackenzie, Brianna, and Trinity proved they can quickly think on their feet when the Adkins home caught on fire.
Adkins’ three young daughters and their dog were inside the home with their nanny when the fire started. During that time, Adkins was on a plane to Alaska for two shows. Luckily, his then-wife, Rhonda, was driving a few blocks away. When she pulled up to her yard, she found her children and was relieved to see them unhurt.
“They ran to their safe place like we practiced, in the front yard at a big tree,” she said. “And it worked. You know, fire safety is so important, and today we used it.”
Earlier that year, Brentwood firefighters visited his daughter’s elementary school to teach fire safety. One lesson was to tie a yellow ribbon where the family should gather just in case the house caught fire.
“I tied the yellow ribbon around the tree to go to,” she said. “It stayed there for about a month. Trace kept going, ‘When you gonna take that ribbon down?’ and I’m like, ‘You know, I might need it one day.'”
Adkins never really expected she’d someday need it. “But we did what those firefighters told us, and we practiced it today,” she said. “It saved my kids’ lives.”
One of His Daughters Was Rewarded for Furry Fire Rescue
Brianna was only nine years old then, but that did not stop her from making a heroic rescue of two puppies from the fire that destroyed the family’s home. The courageous Brianna actually went back into the burning house to save their young dogs trapped inside.
“A neighbor tried to stop her, but she wouldn’t be stopped.” Trace talked about the brave act of his daughter, “I told her, ‘I’m proud of you. I’m proud of you for the way you saved those puppies.'”
As a token of appreciation, animal rights organization PETA awarded Brianna with PETA’s Compassionate Action Award, along with vegan chocolates. “Thanks to the heroic actions of Brianna Adkins, her family’s beloved dogs survived the fire and are alive and well,” Tracy Reiman, PETA Executive Vice President, said in a statement. “Her heroism is a compelling reminder that all members of the family –including dogs, cats, and other animals — deserve help in an emergency.”
They Often Appear on Their Father’s Music Video
In 2011, Adkins released the music video of his single, “Just Fishin,” which features the singer and his youngest child, Trinity. Shot on his farm, Adkins and Trinity, can be seen fishing as they make precious memories together.
“Just Fishin'” is a father’s description of a day spent fishing with his daughter. While the daughter thinks they’re just having a fun time fishing together, the narrator in the song says that to him, the moment means so much more.
In 2006, Trace Adkins earned one of his career’s biggest hits with “Ladies Love Country Boys.” Its music video is very special to Adkins, too, as the five-year-old Briana can be seen around the 2:30 mark for a brief moment, waving to her father.
He Almost Lost His Daughter from Food Allergy
When his daughter Briana was only nine months, she suffered a severe food allergy reaction after she licked a peanut butter lid.
“There didn’t seem to be any peanut butter on it, but the reaction was almost immediate,” Adkins said about Brianna’s near-fatal allergic reaction. “She began to swell up, to where she was almost unrecognizable … Just from the protein on the lid.”
He said Brianna’s anaphylactic shock was “terrifying” that it absolutely changed his family’s day-to-day life.
“She knows she has to ask before she picks up any food, pretty much,” Adkins revealed. “We have all had to change our diets to work around the things she’s allergic to – all nuts, dairy, and eggs. We seldom eat at restaurants because it’s too risky. That’s just how we live.”
Brianna Is a Model Now
And today, Briana is now 19 years old and has grown into a beautiful young lady. She has officially made her journey in the modeling industry and signed with the AMAX agency.
The young Adkins is already promoting her new gig on her social media accounts, and her country-singer father is clearly quite proud too. Trace Adkins shared his daughter’s big news on his Twitter account and encouraged fans to follow her work.
Trace Adkins must have really been inspired by his girls that he decided to record “Then They Do” on his Greatest Hits Collection, Vol. 1. The song is about watching one’s children grow up, and how it happens so quickly; of course, no one knows this feeling better than Adkins. He also mentioned his daughter, Brianna, in the song, thinking about the day that her boyfriend will ask for her hand in marriage. It’s definitely a bittersweet tune that every parent can relate to.
Way to go, girls! Trace Adkins absolutely raised some smart and gorgeous ladies. And without a doubt, he’s one proud papa.