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Adkins not chicken about voice-over work

Country star receiving teasing from fans about KFC deal
/ Source: The Associated Press

Country singer Trace Adkins has gotten some good-natured ribbing from fans since he became the voice for KFC’s national television campaign last month.

“I had a woman come up to me at one of my shows recently and say, 'You know, I’ve had this uncontrollable urge to eat more chicken lately. Do you know why that is?”’ Adkins said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press.

He’ll soon be appearing in front of the camera for KFC as well as behind it. He’s set to film a commercial in Charlotte, N.C., next week with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The singer’s baritone makes him a natural for voice-over work. His narration is heard in the film documentary “The Dance,” and in TV specials for HGTV, The Food Network and Country Music Television. He’s also been a guest on the animated Fox series “King of the Hill” and is starring with Reba McEntire in Disney’s “Fox and the Hound II, Friends Forever,” scheduled for release in 2006.

The 42-year-old native of Springhill, La., says it’s a challenge to tame his deep drawl.

“I have to try to sound professional and not like I have a mouthful of snuff,” he said.

Adkins’ hits include “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Chrome,” “Then They Do” and his latest, “Hot Mama.”