Jake Owen Album Series Dec 26, 2019 11:11:30 GMT -5
Post by taylor on Dec 26, 2019 11:11:30 GMT -5
Welcome to the Jake Owen Album Series!
I wanted to go ahead and get this one underway before too many more rankdowns were due in February, and when I announce the first album we're showcasing, you'll see why. That said, I wanted to give a little background about Jake's pre-Nashville life
Jake Owen (who was born in Winter Haven, Florida in 1981 with the name Joshua) and his fraternal twin brother Jarrod were quite athletic and spent much of their early lives participating in various different sports. One such sport that Jake eventually took up was golf. In fact, he grew to be so good at that sport that he pursued a professional career, winning his first tournament at just 15 years old.
However, all good things must come to an end. Upon graduating from Vero Beach High School with Jarrod and moving to Florida State University, a wakeboarding incident later sent any hopes of a golfing career six feet under. Jake was injured to the point of reconstructive surgery which left him unable to participate in the sport. But to see the rainbow you gotta put up with a little rain!
While recovering from his injuries, Jake borrowed a neighbor's guitar and began teaching himself how to play it. After attending a gig from a guitarist at a campus bar, he asked the owner if he could play a gig there. The owner was gracious enough to say yes, and Jake eventually became a staple and began writing his own material. His next stop? Music City!
Jake's first stop upon moving to Nashville was at a savings bank to open up a savings account, where he informed the teller that he was a singer/songwriter. The teller was curious and asked if he had any recordings available. Jake gave her a CD of his work, which she sent to Warner/Chappell. Warner/Chappell didn't sign him, but Jake eventually met record producer and songwriter Jimmy Ritchey. They and Chuck Jones, fellow songwriter, sat down and wrote "Ghosts" with the intention of giving it to Kenny Chesney. Chesney ultimately passed on the song, but the silver lining was the attention it received from the executives at Sony BMG's Nashville branch. The executives suggested that Joshua (remember, this is his given name) change his name to Jake. He did, and Sony officially signed Jake Owen to RCA Nashville in 2005.
The rest, of course, is country music history! Jake Owen has since released six studio albums, which we will rank in a random order