State: Florida

 

A successful singer/songwriter, Jake Owen has achieved seven number one singles on the Billboard charts led by the massive double-platinum hit “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” the equally successful platinum hit “Beachin’,” and his latest “I was Jack (You Were Diane).”

 

Yet, for the Vero Beach, Florida native, becoming a nationally acclaimed artist was surprisingly not his childhood dream. Jake wanted to become a professional golfer. His talent led him to win his first tournament at the age of 15, but a wakeboarding accident proved to be an unexpected intervention that set him on his path to becoming a country-music super star.

 

With a borrowed guitar and stuck at home recovering from his injuries, Jake taught himself how to play guitar. Not long after he was playing at a local bar for $75 a night. Fate intervened again after Owen moved to the music city of Nashville, Tennessee and a bank teller asked him for a copy of his recordings. That move led to Jake eventually getting signed and through his talented song-writing, touring and hard work, the chart topping hits followed.

 

In addition to his music success, Jake established the Jake Own Foundation in 2010, and has raised more than $1.4 million dollars for charitable causes and other nonprofit organizations, especially those helping children battling cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

 

Jake has been a longtime fan of Polaris®, and most recently partnered with RANGER® on the RANGER Country™ USA. In that campaign, America voted amongst five towns that were nominated because they represented the values of RANGER, and Pinedale, Wyoming was announced the winner earning the title "RANGER Country USA." To celebrate their win, Jake went out to Pinedale, and hosted a intimate concert pulling in 2,000 attendees from the 1,800 population of Pinedale.