Joshua Ryan Owen, better known as Jake Owen , was born on August 28, 1981, in Vero Beach, FL. Owen grew up focused on a career as a professional golfer. He attended Florida State Uni- versity and was a member of the golf team. After a waterskiing accident he bagged the golf clubs and picked up a guitar, which led him to begin songwrit- ing. Eventually, he moved to Nashville. While opening a savings account at a bank in Nashville, Owen talked with the teller, mentioning he was a singer and songwriter. She asked him if he had any recordings, and he gave her a CD of his songs, which she passed on to the Warner/Chappell Music publishing company. He was signed to RCA in 2006, releas- ing his debut studio album Startin’ With Me , which produced three singles that reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Since then, Owen has released six studio albums and one compilation album, resulting in 18 singles, eight of which became No. 1 hits. Owen’s first single “Yee Haw” quickly rose to No. 16 on the charts in the sum- mer of 2016. His second single, the title track, “Startin’ With Me” spent 35 weeks on the charts and soared to No. 6, giving him his first top 10 song. Cheatham County Connection Owen's latest album, Greetings From Jake , was released on March 29, 2019. The album has three singles; “I was Jack (You were Diane)”, “Down to the Honkytonk”, and “Homemade.” “Homemade” is a tribute to his current hometown of Kingston Springs, TN. Jake filmed the music video in Kings- ton Springs featuring the incredible community and the fantastic people that make it a special place to live.
“Like a lot of others, I moved to the beautiful state of Tennessee to chase a dream," Owen said. "I grew up in a small town in Florida, and Kingston Springs exemplifies what I love about a small-town life. Great people. Great culture. Great values. I built my forever home here and I look forward to raising my children in such a beautiful com- munity.”
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