This year marks the 10 year anniversary since Jake Owen left Florida to make Nashville, TN his home. While 10 years may seem like an eternity to some, Owen says somedays he feels as if he blinked and missed it.
"I can't even begin to tell you how fast those 10 years have flown by," Owen tells Roughstock.
In those 10 years, Owen has accomplished quite a lot that some never have the chance to experience, including chart-topping singles, high-profile tours and successful album sales.
"My mom asked me the other day, if 10 years ago, someone asked you to sign a contract saying in the next 10 years you will have been on tour with everybody from Kenny Chesney to Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and all your heroes, and then get to the point where you have four No. 1's in a row and you're headlining your own tour, if you sign that dotted line ... would you have believed them?" Owen says with a grin. "I told my mom that was my dream, but at that point, 10 years would have seemed like 100. But this last 10 years for me have flown by.
"I said to someone the other day that it only took seven and a half years to get a No. 1, then a year and a half to get three more in a row," he continues with laughter. "It's funny because there's that saying of, 'You only need that one song.' I kind of believed everyone, but I kept thinking where is that song. Honestly, 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' is what did that for me. It's what changed a lot.
Following the success of "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," Owen had three back-to-back-to-back chart toppers: "Alone With You," "The One That Got Away" and "Anywhere With You." In the past couple of years, Owen has entered into headlining territory and is setting the bar for those who are striving to have a career as solid as his one day.
"I think the most important thing for me isn't about the fame and the glitz and the glitter," Owen notes, who remains humbled through it all. "It's about the fact that I can share this with my wife and daughter, but most importantly the guys who have my back ... the guy who lays down the drum beat every night ... the guy where if we didn't have a bass player, it wouldn't sound right. I've got two guitar players and guys who hand me guitars ... monitor people who plug in wires. Like I said, 10 years ago is when I moved here, and it didn't seem like that long ago that I was plugging in my own wires.
"I've spent the last seven or eight years with the same guys, promising to them that one day we will be at the point in our lives where we are headlining, and where we will be able to kick back and watch us do the things that Kenny did when we were on tour with him," adds Owen. "He and his crew were all just so happy and loving where they were in their lives. I kept promising them that one day we will get there. Whether or not anybody else thinks we're there or not, I feel like we're there. I think we're at a point where we are going to show people that. To me, that's the most important thing. The last four No. 1's have added so much change to my life because I feel like I am now able to change other peoples lives. That's how I was raised ... to be that kind of guy."
Owen's current single, "Days of Gold," is the title track from his upcoming new album, also titled Days of Gold. Look for Owen out on the road on his Days of Gold Tour kicking up this fall. Visit www.jakeowen.net for a full list of dates where the tour will be stopping.