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Jake Owen

When plans for a professional golfing career were derailed by an injury, country songwriter Jake Owen picked up a guitar and never looked back. A native of Vero Beach, Florida, Owen and his fraternal twin Jarrod grew up in the Florida sun playing sports like baseball and football before Jake turned to golf and Jarrod to tennis. They continued their respective sports together as students at Florida State University, until a water-skiing accident resulted in reconstructive surgery for Jake. Off the golf team and struggling with depression, he borrowed a neighbor's guitar and passed the time teaching himself to play by listening to childhood favorites like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Vern Gosdin, and Keith Whitley. Ambitious but inexperienced, with good looks and a smooth baritone, Owen was soon to be found playing country covers in campus bars for free beer and a few bucks. Growing tired of covers, he began penning his own songs, which were met with a positive response. This motivated him even more to follow his new dream of becoming a singer, eventually causing him to skip out on his remaining college classes -- only nine credit hours remained on his English and political science degree -- and head to Nashville. He constantly wrote songs in his Bellevue apartment, and a chance lunch meeting found producer Jimmy Ritchey (Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt) befriending the young musician. For over a year, the two wrote songs together, including a track called "Ghost" (also co-written by Chuck Jones) that Kenny Chesney almost wound up recording -- the track would later be included on Owen's own album. Eventually, his friendship with Ritchey led to a meeting with Sony/BMG Nashville and resulted in a record contract for the determined 24-year-old, who already had his album basically finished. His debut, Startin' with Me, appeared in summer 2006 on RCA, spearheaded by the single "Yee Haw." As the song climbed higher in the charts, Owen supported the record on the road by opening for Kenny Chesney. In 2007, the title track ballad became the album's second single, reaching number six and spending a whopping 35-plus weeks on the Billboard country chart. "Don't Think I Can't Love You" appeared in the summer of 2008, heralding the release of his second full-length, Easy Does It, in February of 2009. Easy Does It spawned a number two hit in "Don't Think I Can't Love You," and "Eight Second Ride" peaked at number 11 in early 2010. He delivered his third album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, in the summer of 2011. Barefoot Blue Jean Night was his biggest hit to date, launching number one country singles in its title track and "Alone with You." As the summer of 2012 wound to its end, he released the Endless Summer EP; the collection of four new songs came out that September. Owen returned in December of 2013 with his fourth studio album, the Joey Moi-produced Days of Gold; it was preceded by its title track lead single, which only reached 19 on the charts. The album's next single, "Beachin'," did much better, reaching number one on Billboard's country chart and earning a platinum certification; "What We Ain't Got" closed out the album's cycle by making it to 19. Owen started to unveil new material in the summer of 2015 with "Real Life," a single that went to 17 on Billboard. This single didn't appear on Owen's fifth full-length album but his next single, "American Country Love Song," came out in early 2016 and provided the anchor for American Love, which arrived in July of that year. ~ Corey Apar
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Stations Featuring
Jake Owen

    Country Party

    Country Party
    7 songs

    New Country First

    New Country First
    1 song

    Country Love

    Country Love
    3 songs

    Outlaw Country

    Outlaw Country
    2 songs

    Heartbreak Hotel

    2 songs

    '00s Country

    5 songs

    Hot Summer Hits

    1 song

    Top Country

    4 songs

Albums by
Jake Owen

Top Songs by
Jake Owen

  1.   Song
  2.   Barefoot Blue Jean Night
  3.   Beachin'
  4.   Alone with You
  5.   Anywhere With You
  6.   The One That Got Away
  7.   Eight Second Ride
  8.   American Country Love Song
  9.   Don't Think I Can't Love You
  10.   Summer Jam
  11.   Yee Haw
  12.   Real Life
  13.   Something About a Woman
  14.   Good Company
  15.   If He Ain't Gonna Love You
  16.   Pass a Beer
  17.   What We Ain't Got
  18.   Apple Pie Moonshine
  19.   Startin' With Me
  20.   Days of Gold
  21.   Nobody Feelin' No Pain
  22.   Keepin' It Country
  23.   Tipsy
  24.   Tell Me
  25.   Sure Feels Right
  26.   You Can Thank Dixie
  27.   Heaven
  28.   1972
  29.   The Bad in Me
  30.   After the Music's Stopped
  31.   Where I Am
  32.   The Bottle and Me
  33.   American Love
  34.   The Best I Can
  35.   Wide Awake
  36.   Cherry on Top
  37.   Anything for You
  38.   Lax
  39.   Ghost Town
  40.   Green Bananas
  41.   I Like You a Lot
  42.   Drivin' All Night
  43.   Good Timing
  44.   Hard Not to Love You
  45.   When You Love Someone
  46.   Everybody Dies Young
  47.   One Little Kiss (Never Killed Nobody)
  48.   Surefire Feeling
  49.   Ghosts
  50.   After Midnight
  51.   Life of the Party
  52.   Steal My Kisses
  53.   The Journey of Your Life
  54.   Settin' the World on Fire
  55.   Who Said Whiskey (Was Meant to Drink a Woman Away)
  56.   Places to Run
  57.   Long Night With You
  58.   Tall Glass of Something
  59.   Easy Does It
  60.   Every Reason I Go Back
  61.   Nothin' Grows in Shadows
  62.   Mele Kalikimaka
  63.   VW Van
  64.   You Ain't Going Nowhere

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