Jake Owen hoping Days Of Gold shines as bright as Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Vero Beach, Fla., native Jake Owen first captured the national spotlight in 2006 with his hit ‘Startin’ with Me,’ followed by 2008’s ‘Don’t Think I Can’t Love You’ and the 2010 Top 15 single ‘Eight Second Ride.’ In addition, the 2009 ACM Top New Male Vocalist’s revival of ‘Life in a Northern Town’ with Sugarland and Little Big Town earned him 2008 Grammy and CMA Award nominations. Owen’s career finally exploded in 2011 when his chart-topping studio album Barefoot Blue Jean Night delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles for the RCA Nashville artist. His latest album release, Days Of Gold, is poised to match the success of his prior attempt.
As the summer of 2012 wound to an end, Jake Owen refused to let go of the sun and fun by releasing the Endless Summer EP, a collection of four new songs that came out that September. It was enough to hold Owen over until he returned to the studio in 2013 to record his fourth studio album, Days Of Gold. The new project is what a label news release describes as a marked departure away from the singer-songwriter’s “generic ‘party anthems’” that had graced some of [Owen’s] previous releases.”
Owen’s current single is the new album’s title track, which was written by Jaren Johnston Neil Mason. ‘Days Of Gold’ is currently No. 16 on the Mediabase Country radio airplay chart and marks his fastest-rising single to date. The album was produced by Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Nickelback), who also helmed Barefoot Blue Jean Night. Owen tells Radio.com that while he’s thrilled and honored by the success he had with the previous album, he’s also eager to keep moving forward.
“I want people to feel more than they did with Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” says Owen. “I want to be better, and I think [Days Of Gold] for me is a great definition of who I am, but also a step forward.” While Owen deliberately set out to make his new album “different,” he is quick to point out that he wasn’t looking to “reinvent the wheel or be too cool for school.” Days Of Gold still represents the Jake Owen that his fans know and love because it’s all about the songs. “An artist’s career is defined by their catalog of songs,” he says, “and that’s really what I want to put together on Days Of Gold, a solid collection of great songs.”
Some of the “great songs” Owen refers to include title track along with the “road song” ‘Drivin’ All Night,’ the “nostalgic” ‘1972,’ the “mournful” ‘Ghost Town,’ and the “laid-back and groovy” ‘Beachin’.’ Owen also reveals to Radio.com that the “quiet, thoughtful ballad” ‘What We Ain’t Got’ is one his favorites among all the songs he’s ever recorded. He adds that Days Of Gold is “definitive of all seasons, of the good times we all remember, the times with our friends. But it’s more than that. There’s so many instances that people can pinpoint in their own lives as days of gold,” he explains.
Jake Owen’s energetic live show and captivating songs have landed him coveted opening slots with Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw. The singer-songwriter is currently closing out 2013 with a December 6 show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, Calif., as 2014 dates are being finalized.
Watch the official music video for ‘Days Of Gold,’ the title track single off Jake Owen’s fourth studio album.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Jake Owen, 32, and his fraternal twin, Jarrod, grew up in Vero Beach, Fla., playing baseball and football before Jake turned to golf and Jarrod to tennis. The brothers continued their respective sports together as students at Florida State University, until a water skiing accident resulted in reconstructive surgery for Jake.
* Owen fought off boredom and depression of rehabilitating his injury by borrowing a neighbor's guitar and passing the time by teaching himself how to play. Following his recovery, Owen began playing country covers in campus bars and eventually added his own original material.
* Positive audience responses motivated Owen to leave college (he was only nine credit hours short of completing his English and political science degree) and head to Nashville. Meeting producer Jimmy Ritchey (Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt) led to a two-rear songwriting partnership.
* Ritchey arranged a meeting with Sony/BMG Nashville in 2005 and scored Owen a recording contract. His debut album Startin' with Me appeared in the summer of 2006 and was spearheaded by the singles ‘Yee Haw’ and the title track, which Owen supported by opening for Kenny Chesney.
* Owen’s sophomore attempt titled Easy Does It appeared in February 2009 and spawned the No. 2 hit ‘Don't Think I Can't Love You,’ while follow up single ‘Eight Second Ride’ peaked at No. 11 in early 2010.
* Jake Owen’s third album, 2011’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night, is his biggest-selling album to date. The project delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles including the double-platinum title track, platinum-selling ‘Alone with You,’ and the gold-certified hits ‘The One That Got Away’ and ‘Anywhere with You.’