Jake Owen scores first Top 10 single
Monday, June 11, 2007
– Jake Owen's "Startin' With Me" marks the first Top 10 single of his career, his label announced Monday. The song, which was co-written by Owen, Kendall Marvel and Jimmy Ritchey, tells the story of a man who has made countless mistakes and wants to start his life over by changing the one thing he can - himself.
"I am so overwhelmed," said Owen. "It wasn't that long ago that I was playing in a college bar, and now to see my name on the top of the country charts with my heroes like Alan Jackson and George Strait - it is the most unbelievable feeling."
Owen enjoyed a top 15 hit "Yee Haw" from his debut album, "Startin' With Me" last year. He also has toured with Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Currently, he is opening the 2007 Alan Jackson/Brooks & Dunn Tour.
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Barefoot Blue Jean Night
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Editorial: Walking the talk
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