In every generation, there are songs that capture people’s hearts, that take artists to entirely new levels of stardom,” says country superstar Trace Adkins in Hit Exchange, premiering Thursday, December 15 at 9 p.m. Eastern on GAC.
Hit Exchange allows Trace to live out a longtime dream of getting together with the band Exile to re-record their mega ‘70s hit, “Kiss You All Over.” “I’m just a fan getting to sing with Exile,” says Trace. “Nobody had a bigger song in the late ‘70s than “Kiss You All Over” and the thing we liked about it was that it was just a little naughty.” Fans will get to go into the studio for the actual recording of the song, a session that sent Trace’s booming voice to new lows. “There was no awkwardness at all, once we got in there we just started laughing and having fun and that’s what this is all about, “ Trace says. “When he puts his stamp on this song, it’s going to be a happy day for us,” says Exile’s J.P. Pennington. GAC’s Nan Kelley shares laughs with Trace and members of Exile and chats briefly with Trace’s wife Rhonda and music biz executive Clarence Spalding, who’s been friends with the group since their early days in Kentucky.
Exile’s remarkable 40+ year career has taken them on the top of the country and pop/rock charts. They followed “Kiss You All Over” with nine consecutive No. 1 hit singles.
“This is about as happy as I get; this is me, maximum happy,” Trace says of the experience while deadpanning the camera.
Check out a sneak peek of Hit Exchange below: