Fore! Jake Owen was on his way to become a professional golfer. He won his first tournament when he was just 15. His career on the links hit the rough when he suffered a serious injury while wakeboarding. His injury was so severe that he had to hang up his putter.
While recuperating, Owen picked up a guitar and taught himself how to play. He eventually moved to Nashville and one of the first things he did after arriving was open a savings account at a bank. While there, he revealed to the bank teller that he was a burgeoning country music singer.
The teller asked Owen if he had a recording. He said yes and handed over a compact disc. The teller sent the disc to a recording company. That company didn't sign Owen but it did lead to him landing a recording contract.
Owen released his first album, Startin' with Me, in 2006. Easy Does It dropped in 2009, Barefoot Blue Jean Night came out in 2011, and Days of Gold surfaced in 2013.
Six of Owen's singles have cracked the top ten of the country singles chart with both "Barefoot Blue Jeans Night" and "Alone With You" going to number one. As a performer, he's toured with icons Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Brad Paisley.
Jake Owen tickets might have read "Josh Owen tickets" but in 2005 Joshua Ryan Owen changed his name to "Jake Owen" at the behest of industry insiders to avoid confusion with two other "Joshes," Josh Gracin and Josh Turner. Jake has a fraternal twin brother named Jarrod.