Joshua Ryan Owen and his fraternal twin brother Jarrod were born in Vero Beach, Florida on August 28, 1981.Both brothers regularly participated in a variety of sports. Jake eventually took up golf, and began pursuing a career as a professional golfer, winning his first golf tournament at age fifteen.After graduating high school, both Owen brothers attended Florida State University, a waterskiing accident which resulted in reconstructive surgery left him unable to continue playing the sport.
While recovering from his injuries, he borrowed a neighbor’s guitar and began to teach himself how to play it. After seeing a guitarist performing at a campus bar, Owen asked the bar’s owner if he could play a gig there. Eventually, Owen became a regular at the bar, and soon took up writing his own material as well.He then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, making his first stop at a bank to open a savings account there; after telling the bank teller that he was a singer and songwriter, the teller then asked if he had any recordings available. Owen gave her a CD of his songs, which she sent to the Warner/Chappell Music publishing company.
Although Warner/Chappell did not sign him to a contract, Owen eventually met record producer and songwriter Jimmy Ritchey. They, along with songwriter Chuck Jones, wrote a song entitled “Ghosts”, which they had intended for Kenny Chesney to record. Chesney, ultimately, did not record “Ghosts”, although the song drew the attention of Sony BMG Nashville executives, who signed him to their RCA Records label in 2005.Per their suggestion, Owen also changed his first name to Jake, so as to avoid confusion with Josh Turner and Josh Gracin.
In early 2006, Owen released his debut single, entitled “Yee Haw”. Owen describes the song (an up-tempo party anthem in which the narrator expresses his enjoyment with a cry of “yee haw”) as being written “to make people have a good time.”This song, which peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, served as the lead-off single to his debut album, Startin’ with Me.
Released on July 25, 2006, the album featured 11 tracks, all co-written by Owen and his producer. Among these were Owen’s own recording of “Ghosts”, as well as a duet with Randy Owen (formerly the lead singer of the band Alabama) entitled “You Can Thank Dixie”. (Jake Owen and Randy Owen are not related.After the album’s release, Jake Owen was signed as an opening act for acts such as Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood on their tours.
The album’s title track, a ballad in which the narrator expresses his desires to change everything in his life (starting with himself), was released as Owen’s second single. Spending more than thirty-five weeks on the Billboard country charts, “Startin’ with Me” became Owen’s first Top ten hit, reaching a peak of #6.Also in 2007, he went on tour with Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn.”Something About a Woman” was released in late 2007 as the third single from Owen’s album. In September 2007, he and country quartet Little Big Town joined country duo Sugarland’s tour.During this tour, the three acts began performing “Life in a Northern Town” (a cover of British pop group The Dream Academy’s hit single from 1985) together. A music video of their live performance was aired on the network CMT. In April 2008, a recording of this performance entered the Billboard country charts based on unsolicited airplay.
Owen released his second studio album, Easy Does It, on February 24, 2009. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and #13 on the Billboard 200. The lead-off single to the album, “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” became his first Top 5 country hit, reaching #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart in April 2009. “Eight Second Ride,” a song which was originally on Startin’ with Me and newly recorded for Easy Does It, is the album’s second single. The song debuted at #57 on the Hot Country Songs chart in June 2009 and peaked at #11 in January 2010. “Tell Me” is the album’s third single. And 2009 ACM Top New Male Vocalist
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