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Joshua Ryan "Jake" Owen (born August 28, 1981 in Vero Beach, Floridamarker) is a Grammy-Award nominated American country music artist. Signed to RCA Records Nashville in 2005, Owen released his debut album Startin' with Me that year. This album produced three singles ("Yee Haw", "Startin' with Me" and "Something About a Woman"), all of which reached Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. A second album, 2009's Easy Does It, has accounted for two more singles in the #2 "Don't Think I Can't Love You" and "Eight Second Ride." Owen has also toured as an opening act for several country acts, including Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town and Sugarland.


Joshua Ryan Owen and his fraternal twin brother Jarrod were born in Vero Beach, Floridamarker 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 Universitymarker, 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, Tennesseemarker, 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.

Musical career

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.

Startin' with Me

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 1984) 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.

Easy Does It

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.


Studio albums

Year Album details Chart Positions
US Country US
2006 Startin' with Me 8 31
2009 Easy Does It
  • Released: February 24, 2009
  • Label: RCA Nashville
2 13


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
2006 "Yee Haw" 16 83 Startin' with Me
"Startin' with Me" 6 83 28
2007 "Something About a Woman" 15 104 48
2008 "Don't Think I Can't Love You" 2 57 40 Easy Does It
2009 "Eight Second Ride"A 14 82 46
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

  • A Current single.

Other charted songs

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US CAN Country CAN
2008 "Life in a Northern Town"

(with Sugarland and Little Big Town)
28 43 30 53 Love on the Inside

(Sugarland album)

Music videos

Year Video Director
2006 "Yee Haw" Wes Edwards
2007 "Startin' with Me" Shaun Silva
2008 "Life in a Northern Town"

(with Sugarland and Little Big Town)
Becky Fluke
"Don't Think I Can't Love You" David McClister
2009 "Eight Second Ride" Deaton-Flanigen Productions


  • 2009 ACM Top New Male Vocalist


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