Rodney Atkins (center front) pictured with children and staff from the Holston Children’s Home
RODNEY ATKINS RECEIVES KEY TO HIS HOMETOWN, VISITS WITH CHILDREN AT THE HOLSTON CHILDREN’S HOME AND PERFORMS FOR THOUSANDS AT THE FOOD CITY FAMILY RACE NIGHT IN BRISTOL WHILE FILMING HIS GAC “ORIGINS” SPECIAL
NASHVILLE/HARROGATE, TN (AUGUST 29, 2011) — Platinum recording artist Rodney Atkins had quite a week in East Tennessee as he returned to his stopping grounds for a GAC “Origins” TV special taping that would see Atkins performing for thousands of fans alongside top NASCAR stars in Bristol, TN for the FOOD CITY FAMILY RACE NIGHT annual event. In addition, Atkins humbly received the key to the city of his hometown of Harrogate, TN and spent some time with the children of the Holston Children’s Home, the home that Atkins supports and where he lived until his adoption. His current single “Take A Back Road” is riding into the Top 5 at country radio as it sets up his fourth Curb Records release of the same name on October 4th.
Harrogate Mayor Bill Fultz (pictured above) presented Atkins the key to the city during the GAC taping during the special presentation that included local residents, city officials and family. “This is such an honor for me,” says Atkins. “I will always be thankful for my upbringing and the opportunities my parents and this town afforded me. I will always remember the creek bed fishing, the long days at the ball park, as well as the hard knocks, but this town keeps a strong hold on my heart and I am honored to be holding the key to this city.”
Atkins also spent some time at the Holston Children’s Home where he spent the first few months of his life before his adoption. He is also a supporter of the home and spent a lot of time with the children there last week. Atkins is currently the spokesperson for the National Council for Adoption. Beyond this highlight, Atkins performed for thousands of fans as the headliner for this year’s FOOD CITY FAMILY RACE NIGHT before the Bristol NASCAR race this past weekend.
Meanwhile, Atkins is shooting his video today and tomorrow for the smash hit “Take A Back Road” with TV and film director Andy Tennant around the Middle Tennessee area. Atkins will be the lead in the video that is loosely based on the epic film as ‘the angel’ in Wim Wender’s “Wings of Desire,” that will have Atkins high above it all in various locations.
About Rodney Atkins
Curb Records recording artist Rodney Atkins has been successfully leading the country music charts and selling albums since his career began in 2006 when he hit the scene with his first number one, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” which was also the Number One Country Song of the Year according to Billboard in 2006. The East Tennessee native has recorded three studio albums, Honesty, If You’re Going Through Hell and It’s America and charted seven Top 20 singles including five No. 1s: “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” “These Are My People,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In),” and “It’s America.” His hit “Farmer’s Daughter” is a platinum-selling single; increasing his single sales to over 4 million. He has also scored a platinum selling record and several gold releases. Atkins has been a staple on national television. He has performed or appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS “The Early Show,” The Tonight Show, Extreme Home Makeover, CMA and ACM awards show, to name a few.
Atkins current single, “Take A Back Road”, was one of the most added records at country radio debut week. Massey Ferguson® is the “official tractor” of Atkins for 2011. Atkins released an exclusive album with Cracker Barrel that features four number one hits including “Farmer’s Daughter” and an unreleased song. Atkins was the 2010 spokesman for the National Council for Adoption and is heavily involved within the organization. He was also the 2010 spokesman for the Chevy Silverado. Kraft Velveeta sponsored his “Best Side of Dinner” tour last summer and he was featured as the writer/singer on the national ad campaign for Velveeta Shells and Cheese. For more information on Rodney Atkins, visit www.rodneyatkins.com.