Jake Owen – American country singer and songwriter
Jake Owen (real name Joshua Ryan Owen) was born on 28 August in Vero Beach, Florida. When he was young, Joshua had many interesting hobbies, which had nothing to do with music. Owen loved sports and even won a golf championship when he barely turned 15. Thanks to the impressive achievements on the golf course, Owen earned a scholarship to a local university. However, he soon had to give up his dreams of becoming a professional golfer. While wakeboarding, Owen seriously hurt his shoulder and the career was over.
While being depressed over broken dreams, Joshua borrowed a guitar from his campus neighbor. He started learning how to play the guitar in order to fill the void left by the game. When Owen was young, his father listened to country music. This was the genre he decided to reproduce when self-teaching himself.
One day Joshua heard one of the students perform at a campus bar. He came up to the venue owner and asked if he could perform as well. The permission was granted and Owen earned his first $75 playing music. The successful performance inspired the musician to write his own songs.