Trace Adkins & ‘Monarch’ Co-Star Emma Milani Cover “Half Of My Hometown” By Kelsea Ballerini & Kenny Chesney

Trace Adkins and Emma Milani recently teamed up for a cover of Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney’s hit song, “Half Of My Hometown.” The pair, who star on the upcoming FOX drama Monarch, performed the duet as their characters Albie…

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Posted on September 7, 2022

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Trace Adkins and Emma Milani recently teamed up for a cover of Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney’s hit song, “Half Of My Hometown.”

The pair, who star on the upcoming FOX drama Monarch, performed the duet as their characters Albie Roman and Ana Phoenix, according to ET Canada. In the clip, which has been shared to Twitter, Adkins plays guitar while Milani leads the first verse inside a recording studio.

Adkins eventually joins in on the chorus and the pair blends their voices together, accompanied by a studio band.

“WOW. Ana and Albie are mesmerizing singing ‘Half Of My Hometown’ by @KelseaBallerini,” read the joint posting from the Drama Club FOX and Music Club FOX official Twitter handles. The post also tagged the official Monarch on FOX handle ahead of the show’s Sept. 11 premiere.

Adkins’ character is the head of a country music dynasty and Milani stars opposite him as a young singer trying to get signed to his label, ET Canada reported.

The series also stars Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel as Adkins’ character’s wife and daughter, respectively. Despite the fact that the Roman family is “country music royalty,” they also have their fair share of secrets, which their daughter (Friel) works to protect, the outlet indicated.

In a Sept. 7 interview with Taste Of Country, Adkins shared more about his involvement with the series, including being nervous about working with Sarandon on his very first scene.

“I was really nervous, of course. Going into a scene, my very first scene, with an actor of that stature … it was terrifying,” Adkins said. “But she was very gracious and very giving and just — she calmed me down, and she knew exactly what to do and how to handle it.”

“She’s a total professional, you know, so that made it easy. Every day I realized that she’s such a pro that you don’t really have to put a lot of pressure on yourself. She’s gonna carry the scenes and she’s gonna do the heavy lifting. You just swim in her wake and try to hang on. It’ll be alright, which made it a joy to work with her.”

In addition to discussing his nerves, Adkins shared how he was able to bring his country music expertise to his role.

“I was grateful that I could at least bring something to the table. So we had some discussions about a few of those kinds of issues that I think I maybe helped her out and brought a little clarity to a couple [of] situations,” he continued.

“Even as long as we were shooting this stuff — we’d get an episode and somebody would say something in the script, and I would always go to the director or producer before we started shooting and say, ‘That’s not really what they would say.’ And they would listen to me.”

Monarch will premiere on Sept. 11 before it moves to its 9:00pm time slot on Tuesday nights starting on Sept. 20, according to Country Living.

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Christine Sellers is a full-time fact-check reporter who also enjoys writing about music. She graduated from college in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Journalism minor. When Christine isn’t fact-checking current events or writing articles about her favorite artists, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her dog, and writing for pleasure.

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