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Jake Owen: Country Music‘s Barefoot Hitmaker

Full Name Joshua Ryan Owen
Birthday August 28, 1981
Hometown Winter Haven, Florida
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As a longtime fan who‘s been following Jake Owen‘s career for over a decade, I‘m thrilled to provide a more personal look at this charming country rebel. Born and raised in central Florida, Jake grew up immersed in traditional country music thanks to his parents‘ influence. He received his first guitar at seven and diligently practiced the instrument during his childhood, while also excelling at golf. Though Owen landed a golf scholarship to college, he felt compelled to drop out and make the brave move to Nashville in 2001 to pursue music.

After years of playing small bars and struggling to get a record deal, Owen‘s perseverance finally paid off when he signed with RCA Nashville in 2006. His smash single "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" later launched the singer to stardom in 2011. Since then, he‘s dominated country radio with hits like "Alone with You", "Beachin‘", and "American Country Love Song".

As a songwriter, Owen is known for channeling his coastal Florida lifestyle into lyrics. Upbeat songs like "Beachin‘" and "Summer Jam" live up to Jake‘s claim that "if it doesn‘t make you wanna have fun, then it‘s not a country song." For my money, his most clever songwriting comes through on "Real Life", using a tongue-in-cheek laundry list of country clichés.

Beyond recorded music, Jake Owen has built a reputation as an incredible live performer. I‘ve seen him live twice and was blown away both times by the way he energetically engages the crowd. He‘ll stroll through the audience, high five fans, and even hand over his mic for fans to sing verses. It creates such an inclusive concert experience for devotees like myself.

As his career has progressed, Owen has never lost sight of his roots. He runs a charity called "Jake Owen Foundation" that aims to enrich childhood education and support communities in need. And despite his busy schedule, Jake makes family a priority, gushing in interviews about his two daughters who have joined him on tour.

For a star who has achieved so much success already, Jake Owen still maintains his humble, gracious attitude that fans connect with. His laidback personality combined with talent and work ethic points to even more great things ahead. I can‘t wait to see what this country rebel does next!